Top 10 package printing competition picks

Your client and packaging team may be in the spotlight next year! Get recognized for your best packaging work:


Here are my top 10 competition picks.

Some of these competitions are accepting early bird entries now! It is never too early to get started forming your awards committee! Click on the links to learn more about each competition (please do note: the entry deadlines are on each website I have indicated here. I recommend that you confirm all dates on the competition websites!):

1. Excellence in Flexography- entry deadline Jan 25 2017

“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.

2. TLMI – entry deadline June 15 2017

“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.

3. PAC – 2017 Global Leadership Awards – complete for 2016 competition – award finalist winners have been announced. Awards ceremony will be at Package Design Matters conference in Bonita Springs FL Jan 24-26 2017.

“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.

4. Dupont Awards – entry deadline Feb 10 2017

“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.

5. The Dieline – entry deadline Feb 7 2017

“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.

6. The Pentawards – entry deadline April 7 2017

“Created in January 2007, the Pentawards are recognized 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 – TBD

“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 – Begins Feb 2017

“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 – follow the link for updates

“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. PAC Canadian Leadership awards – entry deadline Jan 30 2017

I am a judge at the 2017 PAC Canadian Leadership Awards again this year and look forward to welcoming your entry. It is an international competition. Calling all USA and international printers: here is your opportunity to strut your stuff in Canada!

“The PAC Canadian Leadership Awards Competition is open to all packages or processes, designed, manufactured and sold anywhere in the world. It is not limited to Canadian companies, and must be in market after January 1, 2015. Typically, the entries come from retailers, brand owners, branding and design agencies, package container and technology processors, and raw material manufacturers.”

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!

Karen Blumel Consulting is a firm that specializes in packaging innovation. Contact me to learn how I may help your brand team set and achieve innovation goals.


Has your company earned an award lately?

How did it help your business?


Karen Blumel


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