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Packaging Innovation Awards

The 2022 Packaging Innovation Awards Program

The entry period for this year’s awards program is now closed. Good luck to all those who entered the competition!

The window to enter may be closed, but this year’s competition is just getting started! Judges for all eligible submissions will be starting soon and we’re looking forward to announcing this year’s winners. Which design will take home the 2022 Diamond award? Stay tuned to find out.

About the Packaging Innovation Awards

Recognizing the best in packaging design. Encouraging advancements in sustainability and performance. Inspiring the next big ideas. The Packaging Innovation Awards is the packaging industry’s premier awards competition. For over 30 years, ingenious up-and-comers and well-established brands alike have entered for the opportunity to have their most innovative designs judged on the world’s stage.

A strong passion for sustainability and a commitment to creativity are essential elements of winning designs. The Packaging Innovation Awards looks for creations that challenge the accepted limits of what’s possible, showcase new technologies or techniques and inspire future innovation.

The winning packages are celebrated and showcased across the global packaging industry— receiving recognition among industry peers and gaining exposure in new markets and with new audiences.

Designs from around the world and across all aspects of the packaging industry are submitted with the hope of being named a Packaging Innovation Awards winner. The four award distinctions are:

  • Silver Awards – Recognizing packaging that demonstrate excellence in at least one category
  • Gold Awards - Recognizing packaging that demonstrate excellence in at least two categories
  • Platinum Awards - Recognizing packaging that demonstrate excellence in all three categories
  • Diamond Award - Recognizing one package that demonstrates superior excellence in all three categories

Benefits available to award winners include:

  • Industry-wide recognition and acclaim.
  • Exposure to new markets, revenue streams and talent.
  • Social media coverage that reaches thousands of relevant stakeholders around the world.
  • Displays at major tradeshows.
  • Cover stories and feature articles in major industry publications.
  • Use of the Packaging Innovation Awards logo for product and brand promotions.
  • A trophy that commemorates your achievement.

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Three categories are used to evaluate each entry. Judges look for designs that leverage cutting-edge technologies, benefit the greater-good, and provide an enhanced user-experience. Examples of the criteria evaluated in each category are:

TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT

  • New and/or clever use of materials
  • New technology integration in the pack or through the value chain
  • Creative configuration and/or assembly
  • Increased production and/or distribution efficiency
  • Increased packaging line and/or conversion efficiency

SUSTAINABLE & RESPONSIBLE PACKAGING

  • Supports and advances a more circular economy
    • Incorporates recycled content in the design
    • Designed to be reused, refilled or recycled
  • Reduced CO2 emissions
    • Greater resource and production efficiency*
    • Helps reduce production and packaging waste
    • Made with bio-based and/or compostable materials

ENHANCED USER EXPERIENCE

  • Fulfills a user’s need and/or provides an enhanced experience**
  • Aids product merchandising and encourages purchase
  • Improves and enhances product accessibility
  • Establishes a preferred price/value equation
     

* Includes reduced packaging waste and environmental considerations, such as energy, water and soil
** “User” defined as both the consumer and any users along the value chain

We’ve collected some of the more commonly asked questions that could help you prepare for this year’s awards and make the most of the opportunity to have your design recognized.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entering the competition is completely free.

My product is available in another country. Do international entries qualify?

Yes! The Packaging Innovation Awards is an international competition.

Do I need to include a physical sample with my entry?

Yes. Seeing and inspecting a physical design is an essential part of the judging process.