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American Package Design Awards                             sponsored by Neenah

EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 15th, 2014

The editors of Graphic Design USA invite you to join the thousands of creative professionals who have been recognized by its national design competitions for five decades. The goal of these competitions is to focus attention on areas of growth and opportunity for graphic design professionals, to recognize the best work being done in those arenas, and to emphasize the value that graphic design brings to business and society.

THE AMERICAN PACKAGE DESIGN AWARDS,
SPONSORED BY NEENAH, IS THE FASTEST GROWING OF THESE PROGRAMS.

The reason is simple if profound: marketers and retailers are challenged as never before to convey their message and promote their brand. Think fragmented audiences, diluted mass media, eroding loyalty, global competition. package design – along with instore graphics and point-of-sale – is increasingly the difference maker in the consumer's purchasing decision. This annual competition celebrates well-designed graphics, of course, but more importantly the power of design to advance the brand promise and to forge an emotional link with the buyer at the moment of truth.

Winners receive an embossed Certificate of Excellence for each piece selected and become eligible for reproduction in our American package Design Awards Annual that will appear in April 2014 in print, online on our well-trafficked website winners gallery and in our popular iPad app.

ENTRY GUIDELINES

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Entries may be submitted by any company or individual involved in the creation or production of the work. Entries must have been created or placed in the store between January 1, 2012 and December 13, 2013.

HOW TO ENTER

OPTION 1: ENTER ONLINE
Use the links to the right. Fill out one entry form for each entry your are submitting. Create a folder with all completed entry forms and one digital image per entry. Please zip the file and name it with your company name. Upload the zipped file on our site. It is not necessary to submit your files by mail if you enter online.

OPTION 2: MAIL IN YOUR ENTRY

Please send the actual printed piece, unmounted but well protected. We cannot return entry materials. Do not send original artwork or any work in low supply.

All entries should be accompanied by a high-resolution digital file. Please provide ONE image for each entry submitted on a CD. Multiple entries from one company can all be submitted on the same CD. 300 dpi Adobe Photoshop .tiff or .jpeg files are acceptable. Images should be at least 5 x 5 inches and CMYK. Adobe Illustrator files are acceptable with outlines created around the type.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT QUARK OR INDESIGN FILES. PLEASE CONVERT THESE FILE TYPES TO PHOTOSHOP JPEGS OR TIFFS.

FORM PREPARATION

Fill in two entry forms for each of your submissions. Attach one copy of the entry form to the back of the actual piece and include the other copy with your payment. If you are submitting the same piece in more than one category, please include a separate entry form for each category.

RIGHTS AND PERMISSIONS

Winning entrants grant Kaye Publishing Corporation the right to reproduce the winning pieces in GDUSA and its Package Design Annual, and on our website.

MAIL ENTRIES TO:

Graphic Design USA, 89 Fifth Avenue, Suite 901, New York, NY 10003
Attention: Awards Department

QUESTIONS

TEL: 212.696.4380   FAX: 212.696.4564   EMAIL: awards@gdusa.com
 

ENTER ONLINE

3 Easy Steps

  1. download an entry form >
  2. place the completed
    form and your photos
    in a zipped folder
  3. upload your files here >
 SPONSORED BY:
neenah
If the project you are
entering is printed on a
Neenah paper grade,
your entry fee is waived!

CATEGORIES

PACKAGE DESIGN
1.Health and Beauty
2.Wine and Liquor
3.Food and Beverages
4.Electronics and Computers
5.Music and Entertainment
6.Household, Garden and Industrial
7.Sports/Toys/Games
8.Baby and Children's
9.Animal and Pets
10.Fashion and Apparel
11.Students
 
SPECIAL FEATURES
12.Luxury Packaging
13.Sustainable Packaging
14.Private Label Packaging
 
INSTORE GRAPHICS
15.P-O-P/Posters/Signs
16.Kiosks/Displays
17.Hangtags
18.Giftwrap/Shopping Bags/ Takeout
19.Store Logos/Identity/Branding

 
ENTRY FEES

1 Entry $60
2 Entries $90
3 Entries $120
4-6 Entries $150
7-10 Entries $180
11-15 Entries $200
16-20 Entries $225
20+ Entries $250

Multiple entries considered to be part of a series or campaign may be submitted as one entry. You may include up to 5 pieces in a series. Please place the entire series in a single envelope and attach the entry form to the envelope.
 
Check out Neenah's packaging and retail solutions including the first 100% post consumer folding board and custom made or ready-made colors and textures. Over 300 colors and 40+ textures in stock.
www.neenahpaper.com/packaging

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR, NEENAH
For more than 100 years, Neenah has been an innovative leader in the creation and manufacturing of premium and specialty paper needs. The Neenah portfolio includes market leading brands such as CLASSIC®, ENVIRONMENT® and ROYAL SUNDANCE® Papers. Additionally, Neenah manufactures unique and premium packaging and label papers. We offer environmentally sound NEENAH® Folding Board in multiple calipers and colors which fit perfectly in the specialty packaging market. Neenah's packaging papers are specifically engineered for superior performance and durability, outstanding printability, and highly dependable functionality for boxes, hangtags, bags and labels.
 
For more information about Neenah Paper packaging and label papers, visit neenahpaper.com/FinePaper/PackagingLabelPaper. For information about Neenah Paper luxury packaging papers, visit www.neenahpaper.com/LuxuryPackaging.
 
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