American Package Design Awards Now Open for Entries


Package Design + Point-of-Sale + Retail Graphics

Deadline: January 18, 2019
Sponsored by Neenah Packaging

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 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.

GDUSA’s American Package Design Awards™ Is The Fastest Growing.

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 publication in our GDUSA Package Design Awards Annual that will appear in April 2019 in our print, online and digital winners showcase.

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 20, 2017 and January 20, 2019.

HOW TO ENTER – Please Choose Only One Method of Entry!!!


Download the American Package Design Awards Entry Form

Fill out one entry form for each entry you are submitting. Create a folder with all completed entry forms and one or two digital images per entry. Please zip the file and name it with your company name. Upload the zipped file, the link is below at bottom of this page. It is not necessary to mail in hard copy if you enter online.

For payment purposes, there are 3 options: You can (1) pay ONLINE via Credit Card or Paypal, the link is below at bottom of this page OR (2) enter the payment information on only ONE of the entry forms and no digital signature is needed OR (3) you can send a check via traditional mail or delivery service.


If you choose not to enter online, please send the actual printed piece, unmounted but well protected. Fill in two entry forms for each submission you are mailing in. Attach one copy of the entry form to the back of the piece and include the other copy with your payment information or check. We cannot return entry materials. Do not send original artwork or any work in low supply. Additionally, please provide one or two high-res digital files for each entry submitted on a CD or memory stick. Multiple entries from one company can all be submitted on the same CD or memory stick.

Again, for payment purposes, you can (1) pay ONLINE via Credit Card or Paypal, the link is below at bottom of this page OR (2) enter the payment information on only ONE of the entry forms and no digital signature is needed OR (3) you can send a check via traditional mail or delivery service.

Acceptable File Formats

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.


1.  Health and Wellness
2.  Beauty and Personal Care
3.  Wine, Beer and Liquor
4.  Food and Beverages (non-alcoholic)
5.  Electronics and Computers
6.  Music and Entertainment
7.  Home, Garden and Industrial
8.  Sports/Toys/Games
9.  Babies and Children
10. Animal and Pets
11. Fashion, Apparel and Accessories
12. Students

13. Luxury Packaging
14. Sustainable Packaging
15. Private Label Packaging

16. P-O-P/Posters/Signs
17. Kiosks/Displays
18. Hangtags and Labels
19. Giftwrap/Shopping Bags/Takeout
20. Store Logos/Identity/Branding

Entry Fees

1 Entry . . . . . . . . .  $75
2 Entries . . . . . . .  $120
3 Entries . . . . . . .  $150
4-6 Entries . . . . .  $180
7-10 Entries . . . .   $210
11-15 Entries. . . . . $240
16-20 Entries. . . . .$275
20+ Entries. . . . . . $300

Multiple entries which are part of a series or campaign may be submitted as one entry. Please indicate on the back of each member of the series that it is part of a larger group (e.g. 1 of 5) up to 5 pieces in a series.

Rights and Permissions

Winning entrants grant Kaye Publishing Corporation d/b/a Graphic Design USA the right to reproduce the winning pieces on the GDUSA Package Design Annual in all media.

Mailing Address:

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


Tel: 212.696.4380
Fax: 212.696.4564

About the Sponsor

NP_Logo_Master_VerticalNeenah Packaging partners with some of the most prestigious and forward-thinking global brands, including Amazon and Jack Daniel’s, to create custom packaging solutions designed to build brand equity. Whether it’s readymade papers, sustainable options or one-of-a-kind custom solutions, Neenah Packaging offers products that enable brands to create an emotional connection engaging customers both visually and through the science of touch. Neenah Packaging’s best-in-class service and substrate expertise will help you differentiate your retail packaging at shelf, and make that coveted connection with your customers. Neenah Packaging. Never Flat, Always Premium.

If the project you are entering is on a Neenah paper or label product, your entry fee is waived!

File Upload

Please use this Hightail link to send your archived materials:

As an alternative, email your entry form to

You Can Now Pay With Credit Cards or Paypal Online!

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