Design Excellence Competition

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 DEC has been postponed. Please check back soon for updated dates!

The Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth annual Design Excellence Competition, PIAG’s annual design competition open to students & industry professionals from across the state of Georgia. This year is extra special for us as it is our 125th anniversary since our founding in 1894, and we’re excited to celebrate our quasquicentennial with this year’s topic: a special PIAG 125th anniversary logo & corresponding t-shirt design and the certificate design for the 2019 Print Excellence Awards.

Throughout this year, we will be hosting a series of events to celebrate the printing industry and our birthday, and to do that, we would like to celebrate with a special logo. Before we continue about our competition, we would like to share our gratitude for what you do to help students pursuing a career in graphic communications. We are excited to celebrate your students’ skills & talents in this year’s DEC—thank you for your dedication to our next generation!

The logo that will be designed by your students will be used in both print and digital capacities and should be designed with this in mind. The entries will be judged anonymously by in-state and out-of-state impartial judges based on unique expression, creativity, well-defined theme, and originality.

This year’s winners will not only receive gift card prizes, but also stage and work showcase recognition at the 2019 imPRESS event, PIAG’s annual awards banquet, on Thursday, August 8, a set of printed certificates to add to their portfolio, and inclusion into the 2019 Excellence Awards Annual publication distributed to media & industry leaders.

We would love if you could share this information with the students you feel could excel. To enter the competition, students should fill out the entry form and upload their design to the form at Additional information can be found on the enclosed call for entries, and we have included a flyer for you to hang on your bulletin board. Additional copies of the flyer can be found on the DEC website.

Should you have any questions, we invite you to contact Ian Webb at or directly by phone at (678) 816-1166.


Ian Webb
Director, Marketing & Engagement


Entries are limited to Georgia-based designers only. Designers must be payroll employees or students of member or non-member companies, design organizations or schools. PIAG member designers, member companies, and student entries are FREE. Non-member designer & company entries are $25.

A designer is allowed to enter a maximum of two entries for the contest.

All entries submitted into the contest will be become property of the Printing and Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG). No entries will be returned to the designer. PIAG reserves the right to make alterations to designs if needed for production.

*High School Students Only* All high school student entries must be submitted by the instructor with the designer’s name, school or organization, and a teacher or parent’s contact information.

Submission Guidelines

PIAG will be using an online submission form and only accepting entries submitted through this system. No printed entries will be accepted.

To enter, fill out the 2019 Design Excellence Competition Entry Form. The form will require an upload of the design being entered. Please note, only EPS or PDF files can be uploaded. The designers with the winning entry will be contacted for all necessary design files.

Deadline For Entry

Submission deadline for entries in the 2019 Design Excellence Competition is Wednesday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m. EST. No late entries will be accepted.

Entry Fee

  • PIAG member employees, AIGA and other graphic art organization designers, and students: Free
  • Non-Members: $25*

*PIAG staff will make payment arrangements after the entries have been submitted.


  • Each year, PIAG staff members select graphic specialists from both in-state and out-of-state firms. These individuals will be asked to serve as a judge for the competition.

Awards and Recognition

The winners of the Design Excellence Competition will receive recognition in the following ways:

  • Recognition at ImPRESS 2018 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on August 9
  • Inclusion in the 2018 Print Excellence Awards Annual, a publication mailed to selected media specifiers
  • 1 complimentary set of printed award certificates for the artist’s portfolio
  • Cash prizes will be awarded to winner(s)


Interested in being a Sponsor of the Design Excellence Awards?

Contact PIAG for more information!