The deadline for entries to the competition, which is run by Leeds Metropolitan University, is 23 April. Entries are being sought for categories including graphic design, illustration, interactive media, photography and product design.
Five shortlisted finalists in each category will be invited to exhibit their work and attend an awards evening in June.
Prizes totalling more than £15 000 will be awarded, with prizes also going to the Young Northern Designer, selected from entries from students aged between 16 and 18, and the Maurice Miller Design Champion, selected from the eight category winners.
The Northern Design Awards is now in its fifth year, and boasts judges including Wayne Hemingway, interior designer Ab Rogers, and Thompson Brand Partners founder Ian Thompson.
For more information and to enter, visit http://www.northerndesigncompetition.co.uk.