The 53rd Annual GDUSA American Graphic Design Awards

Closed For 2016 Entries

Sponsored by Verso Corporation

The editors of Graphic Design USA invite you to join the thousands of creative professionals who have been recognized by this national design competition for five decades. The competition is open to every­one in the community: advertising agencies, design firms, corporate, institutional and publishing inhouse departments, and more. It honors outstanding new work of all kinds: print, packaging, p-o-p, internet, interactive and motion graphics. Winners receive an embossed Certificate of Excellence for each piece selected and are eligible for reproduction in the 53rd Anniversary GDUSA Awards Annual in print, online, digital and mobile – seen by over 100,000 colleagues and clients each year. A new featured category: Creative Use of Color!


Who is Eligible?
Entries may be submitted by any company or individual involved in the creation or production of the work.

What is Eligible?
Entries must have been created between January 1, 2015 and July 15, 2016.

How to Enter


OPTION 1 : Enter online

Download the 2016 American Graphic Design Awards Entry Form

Fill out one entry form for each entry your are submitting. Create a folder which includes 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 at the bottom of this page where it says Upload File Here.

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. Fill in one entry form for each of your submissions. Attach the entry form to the back of the actual piece. If you are submitting the same piece in more than one category, please include a separate entry form for each category. Please fill out each entry form as clearly as possible. Payment information for all entries can be placed on a single form.

Digital File Preparation
All entries should be accompanied by a high resolution digital file. Please provide ONE image to represent each submission. It is not necessary to provide digital files of entire publications. A cover and a spread are sufficient. Multiple entries from one company can all be submitted on the same CD or flash drive.


300 dpi Photoshop tiff or jpeg, minimum 5″ wide x 5″ high
Adobe Illustrator file with outlines created around the type
High Resolution PDF

We do not accept Quark or indesign files. Please convert these file types to photoshop jpegs or tiffs.

For entries in the categories of Television + Video Design and Internet Design, please supply a screen capture (10 maximum) on a CD and a high-quality laser printout of the entry. Oversized entries, larger than 11″ x 14″ or three-dimensional entries, should be submitted as a high resolution digital file on a CD or flash drive accompanied by a high quality laser printout.


1. Annual Reports
2. Announcements, Invites + Greeting Cards
3. Advertising and Advertising Campaigns
4. Books
5. Branding Programs and Campaigns
6. Brochures + Collateral
7. Calendars
8. Catalogs
9. Direct Mail + Direct Response
10. Environmental Graphics
11. Infographics
12. Internet Design (Websites, Apps, Social Media, etc.)
13. Letterhead + Stationery
14. Logos and Identities
15. Newsletters + eNewsletters
16. Packaging
17. P-O-P, Displays, Signs + Exhibits
18. Posters
19. Presentations
20. Publication Design
21. Public Service + Pro Bono Projects
22. Sales + Self Promotion
23. Students
24. Surface Graphics
25. TV + Video + Motion Graphics + Animation, etc.

Featured Category! Creative Use Of Color Sponsored By Pantone

26. Creative Use of Color


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 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.

Rights + Permissions
Winning entrants grant Graphic Design USA the right to reproduce the winning pieces in the GDUSA Awards Annual. Select winning entries may also appear on and in any and all materials and media produced for promotional purposes.

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

Tel: 212.696.4380
Fax: 212.696.4564

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