58TH ANNIVERSARY GDUSA PACKAGE DESIGN COMPETITION
SPONSORED BY NEENAH
Our 58th 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.
ALL ENTRIES PRODUCED ON A NEENAH PAPER, BOARD OR LABEL ARE FREE!
Neenah is the exclusive sponsor of the American Package Design Awards. From unexpected to unboxing, premium packaging captures it. Premium packaging is one of the most effective strategies for creating first-time sales and, ultimately, brand loyalists. Brands who position their products using smart, subtle, sustainable packaging combined with clear, concise messaging will win consumer trust and confidence.
As an established partner in the packaging market, Neenah helps create solutions to take brands wherever their ideas lead. From responsible to remarkable, Neenah proves you can have it all — material beauty, environmental integrity, and performance. Packaging, label, gift cards, retail graphics, custom papers, or any concept in between, Neenah has a solution for every brand touchpoint to help transform ideas into results. Visit neenahpaper.com for inspiration, information and to order samples.
HOW TO ENTER | DEADLINE FEBRUARY 12
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 March 31, 2019 and March 31, 2021.
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. Health + Wellness
2. Beauty + Personal Care
3. Wine, Beer, Liquor and Spirits
4. Food + Beverage (non-alcoholic)
5. Electronics + Computers
6. Music + Entertainment
7. Home, Garden + Industrial
8. Toys, Games + Sports
9. Babies + Children
10. Animals + Pets
11. Fashion, Clothing + Accessories
12. CBD + Cannabis
13. Student Work
14. Luxury Packaging
15. Sustainable Packaging
16. Private Label Packaging
17. P-O-P, Posters, Signs + Displays
18. Hangtags + Labels
19. Giftwrap, Shopping Bags + Takeout
20. Store Logos, Identity + Branding
21. Online E-Commerce POP + Ads + Promos
$80 …. 1 Entry
$140… 2 Entries
$180… 3 Entries
$220 … 4 Entries
$250 … 5 Entries
$280 … 6-9 Entries
$300 … 10 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: email@example.com
UPLOAD YOUR ENTRIES AT THIS LINK!
Please use this Hightail link to send your entry materials:
As an alternative, email your entry form to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.