Our Packaging Awards Is Now Open

GDUSA ANNUAL PACKAGE DESIGN COMPETITION

Our 60th anniversary GDUSA American Package Design Awards™ continues to be the fastest growing of our 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, LABEL OR BOARD ARE FREE!

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For more than 100 years, Neenah has been a partner in the creative process providing paper-based solutions that transform ideas into results. The Neenah signature portfolio includes market-leading brands such as CLASSIC®, ENVIRONMENT®, NEENAH® Folding Board, ESTATE® Label, NEENAH IMAGEMAX® Paper Card, and the new NEENAH ENVIRONMENT® Mailer. With multiple manufacturing facilities, Neenah is proud to devote significant efforts to increasing sustainable premium paper production by implementing responsible fiber sourcing standards, conservation efforts, and focusing on our products’ recyclability. Visit neenahpaper.com for inspiration, information and to order samples.

New this year: the Neenah Gold Award for the best use of paper in a packaging project. Selected by Neenah’s in-house creative team, the winner will be prominently featured on the Idea Shop and have the opportunity to collaborate with Neenah on a national promotion.

 

HOW TO ENTER | DEADLINE FEB 17

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. Packages or projects themselves must be created or produced or distributed or planned to be distributed any time in 2022 and/or 2023.

OPTION 1 | ENTER ONLINE

DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM HERE!

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.

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CATEGORIES FOR ENTRY

PACKAGE + LABEL DESIGN
1.  Food + Beverage (non-alcoholic)
2.  Wine, Beer, Liquor + Spirits
3.  Beauty + Personal Care
4.  Health + Wellness
5.  Fashion, Clothing + Accessories
6.  Computers, Electronics + Tech
7.  Home, Garden + Industrial
8.  Toys, Games + Sports
9.  Babies + Children
10. Animals + Pets
11. Music and Entertainment
12. CBD + Cannabis
13. Student Projects

SPECIAL FEATURES
14. Luxury Packaging
15. Sustainable Packaging
16. Private Label Packaging

P-O-P/RETAIL GRAPHICS
17. P-O-P, Posters, Signs + Displays
18. Hangtags + Labels + Giftwrap +  Shopping Bags
19. Store Logos, Identity + Brands
20. Online E-Commerce Promos, POP, Ads
21. NFT Featuring Packaging

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ENTRY FEES

$80 ….  1 Entry
$140…   2 Entries
$180…   3 Entries
$220 … 4 Entries
$250 …  5 Entries
$280 …  6-9 Entries
$300 …  10 or More Entries

PLEASE NOTE: Any and all entries using a Neenah paper, label or board are free. Pay nothing for such entry(s) when you submit the entry form; simply indicate the Neenah paper, product or grade on the last line of the form.

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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

Awards Department
Graphic Design USA
89 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 901
New York, NY 10003

Any questions… Tel: 212.696.4380 or Email: awards@gdusa.com


UPLOAD YOUR ENTRIES & IMAGES HERE!

This link takes you to Hightail, where you can easily upload your entry form and images. As an alternative, you can email your entry form and images to awards@gdusa.com


PAY FOR ENTRIES HERE!
(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.

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