10 awesome package print & design competitions

Welcome back! This is the final blog in the series of 3 blogs I have written about how competitions help package printers and designers elevate brand awareness, and tips on how to get started.

As promised, here are my top 10 competition picks.

Most of these competitions have already awarded and closed for 2016, however 2017 is just around the corner. It is never too early to get started forming your awards committee! Click on the links to learn more about each competition:


  1. Excellence in Flexography


“As the world’s most prestigious and longest-running annual print competition of its kind, the annual Excellence in Flexography Awards has one aim: to salute flexography’s finest work. Each year hundreds of entries pour in from all corners of the globe to be evaluated and scored by our prominent panel of judges.” Taken from the website.

  1. TLMI


“The TLMI Annual Awards Competition aims to stimulate innovative printing and to recognize technical achievement in all areas of the narrow web industry, including tags and labels, cartons, flexible packaging, non-woven pressure-sensitives and more. The competition recognizes and honors the finest efforts of our converter members throughout the previous12-month period. All Converter Members are encouraged to enter the competition. There are competition divisions for both North American members and International members. Submissions are accepted in dozens of categories.” Taken from the website.

  1. PAC – 2017 Global Leadership Awards


“The 2017 Global Leadership Awards Competition is open to all packages designed, manufactured and in market after January 1, 2015. The entries are to be submitted ONLINE, and the target entrants are: retailers, brand owners, branding and design agencies, package container and technology processors, and raw material manufacturers.” Taken from the website.

  1. Dupont Awards


“This awards program is an international, independently-judged competition that honors innovations in packaging design, materials, technology, and processes across the entire packaging value chain. Inaugurated in 1986, the DuPont Packaging Awards program is recognized globally as the leading packaging awards program.” Taken from the website.

  1. The Dieline


“Dieline Awards are an international design competition recognizing the world’s best consumer product packaging design. Now in its 7th year, The Dieline Awards 2016 has gathered a highly esteemed jury of structural packaging, design, branding, and consumer product experts. The Dieline Awards names its winners based on three vital design components: Creativity, Marketability, and Innovation.” Taken from the website.

  1. The Pentawards


“Created in January 2007, the Pentawards are recognised as the most prestigious worldwide competition exclusively devoted to packaging design in all its forms. They are open to all those who are associated with the creation or marketing of packaging from every country in the world. Their primary mission is to increase the stature of packaging design and those who create it.” Taken from the website

7. Package Printing Excellence Awards

The 30th Annual Excellence Awards

“We are on the hunt for the most compelling, innovative and imaginative examples of all types of packaging, from corrugated to folding cartons to flexible to labels. So send us examples of your best work and you might just wind up being recognized by your peers – and the entire industry- as a paragon of packaging excellence” Taken from the website.

8. Premier Print Awards


“The Premier Print Award Competition recognizes the highest quality printed pieces in various categories from around the world. Each year, only the most worthy pieces receive Awards of Recognition, Certificates of Merit, and the highest honor—the Benny statue. The Benny has become a universally recognized symbol for excellence in the printing industry. For more than sixty years, winners of the largest, most prestigious print competition in the world have leveraged this honor to gain a competitive advantage.” Taken from the website

9. UK Packaging Awards


“The UK Packaging Awards are organized by Packaging News and are unique in recognizing every area of the packaging supply chain. The event is now in its eleventh year and in that time has become the leading packaging awards event in the UK market. The judging process is strictly impartial and the categories reward a broad range of areas including packaging quality and consistency, business strategy, financial performance and personal achievement.” taken from the website

10. Starpack Awards


“The objective of the Starpack Awards Scheme is to promote the best practice relative to packaging design, recognising:

  • INNOVATION in design, construction, manufacturing and materials technology
  • GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL CREDENTIALS relating to material usage, manufacturing and at the end of packaging life cycle, eg re-use, recycling or recovery.
  • CHAMPION THE NEEDS of the CONSUMER in relation to the functionality of packaging throughout its life cycle and minimising product waste.” Taken from the website

Ok, that completes the list. (Note: There are many more awesome competitions out there, these are 10 of them).

I hope you find these links useful and best wishes for a successful entry!

Remember, most important is to enjoy the awards process,  celebrate your win and learn when you don’t win.

TIP: Recognize your team no matter what the outcome, they did the heavy lifting!

Be patient. Awards competitions are different every year. If you are submitting your best work, your time will come!

OVER TO YOU! Has your company earned an award lately? How did it help your business?





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