GPA, a leader in substrate solutions for offset, digital, and wide format printing, announces the launch of its 2017 Print & Design Contest. Now in its 12th year, the contest continues GPA’s tradition of honoring graphic arts professionals for creating exceptional printed pieces using GPA substrates. Entries will be accepted now through October 20, 2017.
New this year is a reduced submission requirement, which lowers the barrier to entry and allows more complex and costly pieces the chance to compete. There is no entry fee, and participants are encouraged to submit as many entries as they like. To be eligible, submissions must be from an actual job or promotion printed on a GPA substrate within the past year in one of the following categories:
- Pressure Sensitive Papers
- Non-Adhesive Synthetics
- Pressure Sensitive Synthetics
- Papers 1: Coated & Uncoated
- Papers 2: C1S & C2S Boards, Pre-Converted
- Papers 3: Specialty Fine
Entries will be evaluated by a panel of distinguished industry experts based on uniqueness of design, application use, quality of printing, complexity of production, and number of GPA substrates used. A Best of Category winner will be selected from each of the six categories; 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.
Entries that do not win Best of Category or Best of Show will be eligible for the Award of Distinction, which recognizes six entries that made a lasting impression on the judges. Award of Distinction winners will be selected based on their merit regardless of the category they were entered under, and will receive a framed certificate and industry recognition.