GPA Launches 2016 Print & Design Contest

Rules have been slightly revised for this, the 11th year of the contest.

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Chicago-based specialty substrates provider GPA announces the kickoff of its 2016 Design & Print Contest. Now in its 11th year, the contest will recognize outstanding printed pieces for their excellence and creativity. The entries must be printed on GPA substrates.

For a printed piece to be eligible, it must be from an actual job or promotion printed on a qualified GPA substrate within the past year. There is no entry fee, and participants are encouraged to submit as many entries as they like. To make entering this year’s contest even easier, GPA restructured its product segments into six different categories:

–          Pressure Sensitive Synthetics

–          Non-Adhesive Synthetics

–          Pressure Sensitive Papers

–          Papers: Coated & Uncoated Papers, C1S & C2S Boards

–          Papers: Specialty Fine Papers, Pre-Converted Substrates

–          Wide Format Substrates

A panel of distinguished industry experts will evaluate each entry on its uniqueness of design, application use, quality of printing, complexity of production, and number of substrates used. From each of the six categories, a “Best of Category” winner is selected; from those six, one is chosen as “Best of Show.” Best of Category and Best of Show winners will receive a framed copy of their winning piece, a monetary prize, and industry recognition.

New to this year’s contest is the Award of Distinction, which will recognize six entries that made a lasting impression on judges, but did not win Best of Category or Best of Show. Award of Distinction winners will be selected based on their merit, regardless of the category they were entered under, and will receive a certificate and industry recognition. All contest winners will be announced in January 2017. Entries are being accepted through Oct. 31. To enter or to learn more about official contest rules and requirements, visit


Tony Kindelspire

Tony Kindelspire is digital content editor of Sign & Digital Graphics & WRAPS magazines.

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