City Showcases










The Agency Contest

Formerly American Ad Books Showcase Awards

Illustrator Profile

We have 2 options:

    • Annual Recurring for $29.99 - save 40%

    • One Year Only for $49.99.

Annual Recurring

We create a proof of your profile for your approval.

We place your profile on your City Showcase in the Illustrator category.

Then we put the rest of our plan in motion...

Home Page

Contact Link

Website Link





One Year Only

Barry Fitzgerald

Barry Fitzgerald is a multi-disciplinary illustrator, artist and visual communicator who loves the challenge of making images that engage intellectually, emotionally, and aesthetically. He loves collaborating with others and is available for commissions. After a previous career as a graphic designer in Washington, DC...

We are interested in promoting you and your work to the other members of our community.

To do that, your purchase includes:

1. Design of your Profile

2. Placement of your Profile on your City Showcase webpage

3. Email of your Profile in our weekly "Exploring" newsletter

4. Post of your Profile to our 23,000 1st connections on Linked In

5. Post of your Profile to over 4,000,000 Linked In group members

6. Entry in our contest as space allows

The Rest of the Plan:

Here is how we do it.

To bring in new business, most illustrators rely on old friends, word of mouth and expensive reps. These are all good, and they should not be ignored.

However, you have an effective outreach tool which can be optimized.

That is your existing online portfolio.

You have spent hours, days, maybe weeks, keeping your portfolio just right. But getting the right people to see your work is challenging. Search Engine results are poor, and online advertising campaigns leave you scratching your head at the ridiculous cost of some key words.

There seems to be no smart way of getting your home page address into the right hands.

This is the solution...

I am a former advertising creative director, award show judge, and a guy who has hired many, many illustrators. Today I serve as the exective director of The Agency Contest.

In short, The Agency Contest works online to bring the judging of advertising creative to the individual clients and creatives who do the work. We have 100's of creative directors and 100's of corporate marketing managers serving as current judges.

Best guess, at least 95% of these industry professionals have never seen your work, and therefore have never considered you for a project.

This is not a problem. This is an opportunity.

Step 1: The illustrator profile

The most elemental piece of seizing this opportunity is the "profile."

It is important for new people to know who you are, to see either an image of your home page, or a representative image of your best work, and to read a limited amount of copy to give them a feel for what makes you different.

And it is important to give them a link to your website and contact information. (We are not a middleman – this connection goes straight to you.)

I call this your profile, and you can see a reduced size example below:

Step 2: Placement of your profile on your City Showcase

The largest 77 metro areas in the United States are represented in

The Agency Contest with their own creative showcases.

This is where your profile and links can be found year round. Believe me, if a potential client remembers what city you are from, or your style of illustration, but can't recall your name, this listing becomes very handy.

Take a look at our illustrators from Los Angeles as an example of how our

City Showcases work (reduced size):

Step 3: Featured in "Exploring American Illustrators"

Every Monday we circulate a new edition of our email dedicated to one profiled illustrator. The recipients are 50% marketing and 50% agency. All are vetted on Linked In, and all serve as judges for The Agency Contest.

And all are potential contacts and clients for you.

The email is dedicated to a single illustrator, and shows their profile and an example of their work with a link to their portfolio. (Reduced size.)

Step 4: We post your feature to an additional 23,000 followers.

Not all of our followers are judges. We make sure to cover all of our Linked In 1st connections, which are all marketing and advertising connections, with a post to their feed once a week.

Your dedicated showcase profile, with your picture, name, city, profession and profile link, will be seen by a large, new, audience.

Step 5: We go further: 4,000,000 Linked In group members.

Linked In provides the opportunity to post to groups. The Agency Contest is a long time member of numerous marketing and advertising groups. These groups have memberships of 1,000+ to 1,000,000+.

This added exposure is exponential.

Step 6: Placement in our Illustrator Contest.

We feature 5 illustrators at a time in our contest. Therefore, space is limited, and depending on requests that we get from profiled illustrators, we may start charging for this placement.

If you are interested, the contest encourages our judges to visit portfolios and vote for the illustrator they can see themselves working with.

The beauty of this interactive competition is that every judge who reviews your portfolio is a new set of eyes who otherwise would never have seen your work.

And if a judge votes for you, they will remember who they voted for and root you on – maybe even getting others in the industry to vote for you too.

In short, there are no losers in this contest. Here is a reduced size and partial version of the contest. To see the contest full size, use the navigation bar at the top.

Time to put your website portfolio to work.

The unreal part of what I am proposing is that you do nothing.

I ask for a $29.99 annual fee, (not monthly!) Your profile will be designed for you, and your promotion plan will be put into effect immediately. Your job will be to review and approve your profile, and then see how many new visits you have to your online portfolio over the next 12 months.

Painless, easy, and effective.

The Agency Contest

Formerly American Ad Books Showcase Awards

Gregory Clow, Executive Director

"Having an affordable option for marketing is great."

"As someone who prides himself on not leaving his zip code, I found

The Agency Contest to be a great way to generate leads, cross-promote my books, and keep my name out there among my fellow brand builders.

What can I say? Advertising works."

–Cameron Day,

   Author, CD/Copywriter and satisfied customer

There were over 47,000 projects awarded to illustrators last year.

The key metric is how many decision makers saw your work and knew to consider you.

At The Agency Contest, we do 2 things of importance to you:

We run 15 advertising creative contests – which attracts 1000's of agency creative people, and client marketing people. This is your target market.

We send 1 dedicated email to each of our members once a week showing the work of one illustrator. This gets your work seen.


We have 2 options:

    • Annual Recurring for $29.99 - save 40%

    • One Year Only for $49.99.

Annual Recurring


One Year Only

"Here are 1,000 new people that would not have seen my work."

Scott Pommier

Commercial Photographer




  Signed up…

No brainer!"

Ken Pivak

Commercial Photographer

Los Angeles


Kevin Landes

Commercial Photographer

Los Angeles