GPA Print & Design Contest Seeks Last-Minute Entries

Chicago-based specialty substrate provider GPA wants to remind everyone that the deadline for its 2016 Print & Design Contest is Oct. 31. Now in its 11th year, the Print & Design Contest honors excellence and creativity in printing, showcasing outstanding examples of work printed using GPA substrates.

For a printed piece to be eligible, it must be from an actual job or promotion that was printed by a GPA customer 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 would like.

New this year, GPA has restructured entry categories into six segments:

•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

From each of the six categories, a Best of Category winner is selected; from those six, one is chosen as Best of Show. Also 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. All contest winners will be announced in January 2017.

A panel of industry experts will judge each entry on uniqueness of design, application use, quality of printing, and complexity of product. Representing different areas of concentration within the graphic arts industry, this year’s panel includes:

Gary Greis—Sales Manager at Graphco

Kari Somers—Dean of Students at Columbia College Chicago

Michael Johnston—President of Top Graphics

Trish Witkowski—Chief Folding Fanatic at Foldfactory

To enter or learn about official contest rules and requirements, visit

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