Cut&Paste’s 2009 Digital Design Tournament goes above and beyond most art competitions. Rather than the standard submit-and-wait format favored by most contests, this one treats design like a spectator sport, with live, quick-paced, one-of-a-kind 15-minute design competition rounds (including 3D and motion) displayed on massive screens at each of numerous venues.

The tournament will begin another worldwide, 16-city tour in February, starting with Los Angeles on February 21 and wrapping up in Sydney on June 6.

Fortunately, all design warriors have an even better chance of bringing home the gold than previously, now that the entry deadlines have been extended. North American designers have until January 23 and Asian designers have until February 20 to submit their work to the tournament at

One Grand Prize winner, in each category and in every competition city, will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York City in order to compete in the Global Championships this June. Other prizes include an Apple workstation, Autodesk MotionBuilder, Wacom Intuos9X12 tablet, and Maya Complete, among others.

02/21 Los Angeles, CA
02/28 San Francisco, CA
03/07 Portland, OR
03/14 Boston, MA
03/21 New York, NY
03/28 Toronto, ON
04/04 Chicago, IL
04/02 Amsterdam, Netherlands
04/04 London, England
04/18 Berlin, Germany
04/25 Barcelona, Spain
05/09 Milan, Italy
05/15 Hong Kong
05/23 Shanghai, China
05/30 Tokyo, Japan
06/06 Sydney, Australia