57TH ANNIVERSARY GDUSA PACKAGE DESIGN COMPETITION
DEADLINE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 7
Our 57th anniversary GDUSA American Package Design Awards™ is the fastest growing of our five national competitions and the reason is simple but profound: Marketers and retailers are challenged as never before to convey their message and promote their brand. Package design — along with point-of-purchase and retail graphics — is increasingly the difference maker. This annual program celebrates attractive graphics, of course, but more importantly the power of effective design to advance the brand promise and to forge an emotional link with the buyer at the moment of truth.
NEENAH IS THE SPONSOR. PROJECTS ON A NEENAH PAPER/LABEL ARE FREE!
Neenah is the exclusive sponsor of the American Package Design Awards. Neenah partners with some of the most prestigious and forward-thinking global brands to create custom packaging solutions designed to build brand equity. Whether it’s readymade papers, sustainable options, gift cards or one-of-a-kind custom packaging solutions, Neenah offers products that enable brands to create an emotional connection engaging customers both visually and through the science of touch. Neenah’s best-in-class service and substrate expertise will help take you wherever your ideas lead. Visit neenahpaper.com and neenahpackaging.com for inspiration, information and to order samples.
HOW TO ENTER
There are two ways to enter, choose only ONE method of entry. Entries may be submitted by anyone involved in the creation or production or planning or placement of the work. Entries must have been created or produced or distributed between January 1, 2018 and March 31, 2020.
OPTION 1 | ENTER ONLINE
Fill out one entry form for each entry you are submitting. Create a folder with all completed entry forms and up-to-5 high res digital images per entry. Please zip the file and name it with your company name. Then upload the zipped file; the upload link can be found by scrolling down to the 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 payment link can be found below at the bottom of this page OR (2) enter your Credit Card or other payment information on ONE of the entry forms only and NO digital signature is needed OR (3) send a check via traditional mail or delivery service.
OPTION 2 | MAIL IN YOUR ENTRY
If you are entering online, ignore this step. If you are entering by sending the actual package or hardcopy by mail or delivery service, fill in two entry forms for each submission. Attach one copy of the entry form to the actual piece and include the other copy with your payment information or check. Additionally, please provide up-to-5 high res digital files for each entry submitted on a flash drive or CD. Multiple entries from one company can all be submitted on the same flash drive or CD.
Again, for payment purposes, there are 3 options: You can (1) pay ONLINE via CREDIT CARD or PAYPAL, the payment link can be found below at the bottom of this page OR (2) enter your Credit Card or other information on ONE of the entry forms only and NO digital signature is needed OR (3) send a check made out to ‘Graphic Design USA’ via traditional mail or delivery service.
PREFERRED FILE FORMATS
300 dpi Adobe Photoshop jpegs or tiff files are much preferred BUT we will also accept PDFs. Images should be at least 5 inches wide and/or 5 inches high 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.
CATEGORIES FOR ENTRY
PACKAGE + LABEL DESIGN
1. Beauty and Personal Care
2. Food and Drink (non-alcoholic)
3. Wine, Beer, Liquor and Spirits
4. Electronics and Computers
5. Healthcare and Wellness
6. Music and Entertainment
7. Home, Garden and Industrial
8. Toys, Games and Sports
9. Babies and Children
10. Animals and Pets
11. Fashion, Clothing and Accessories
12. Cannabis and CBD
13. Luxury Packaging
14. Sustainable Packaging
15. Private Label Packaging
16. Student Work
17. P-O-P, Posters, Signs and Displays
18. Hangtags and Labels
19. Giftwrap, Shopping Bags and Takeout
20. Store Logos, Identity and Branding
21. Online E-Commerce Activities
$75 …. 1 Entry
$140… 2 Entries
$180… 3 Entries
$200 … 4 Entries
$225 … 5-7 Entries
$250 … 8-10 Entries
$275 … 11-14 Entries
$300 … 15 or More Entries
Multiple pieces considered as part of ONE series or campaign or program may be submitted as ONE entry.
Please note: Any piece produced on a Neenah paper, label or product may be entered at no charge.
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Winning entrants grant Graphic Design USA the right to reproduce the winning pieces in the GDUSA Design Awards Annual. Select winning entries may also appear on gdusa.com and in any and all materials and media produced for promotional purposes by GDUSA or Neenah.
MAILING ADDRESS & QUESTIONS
Graphic Design USA
89 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 901
New York, NY 10003
Any questions… Tel: 212.696.4380 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPLOAD YOUR ENTRIES AT THIS LINK!
Please use this Hightail link to send your entry materials:
As an alternative, email your entry form to email@example.com
PAY FOR YOUR ENTRIES AT THIS LINK!
(CREDIT CARD OR PAYPAL)
Please select the correct number of entries for payment on the button/menu below. Past winners should used the lower button/menu to receive their 20% discount.