2023 Print Excellence Competition

2023 Print Excellence Competition
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Questions? Please contact Jennie Thomas at jennie@piag.org.

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The 2023 Print Excellence Competition has closed.

Each year, the Print Excellence Competition (PEC) awards the best combinations of technology and craftsmanship within Georgia’s printing, imaging, and finishing community. Enter those unique projects you have produced between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022 and realize the value of having a marketing tool that recognizes the superior work produced by your company. The 2023 Print Excellence Competition is open to all printing, imaging, print finishing, and design facilities within the state of Georgia.

Past winners have found that winning an Excellence Competition award can be a powerful promotional tool in helping grow their businesses. Receiving an award in this graphic communication competition demonstrates to your customers and prospects your company's capabilities while recognizing your employees' skills and talent.

Winners will benefit from a mix of marketing opportunities, including recognition at imPRESS 2023, inclusion in the 2023 Awards Annual, announcement of winners across various media channels, and one complimentary set of printed award certificates for display at your facility.

PIAG is proud to participate in the second annual Americas Print Awards, a national competition hosted by Americas Printing Association Network (APAN). PIAG will submit top PEC winning entries to this national competition, at no cost to the participant. Additional information on Americas Print Awards can be found at www.americasprintawards.com.

Interested in participating, but not sure where to start? Check out our PEC 101 Guide.


All printing, imaging, print finishing, and design facilities within the state of Georgia may enter the Print Excellence Competition. Entries are limited to Georgia-produced work only. A minimum of 75% of every entry must have been produced within Georgia between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.

  • Division 1 (1 – 9 employees)*
  • Division 2 (10 – 25 employees)*
  • Division 3 (26 – 50 employees)*
  • Division 4 (51 or more employees)*
  • Division 5 (Schools)

*Divisions 1-4 are defined as the total number of employees located in Georgia.

Entry Fee Schedule

PIAG Member Rates

  • First Entry = Free
  • Early Bird Entries (by March 3) = $30/entry
  • Regular Entries (by April 14) = $40/entry
  • Multiple Categories = $20/additional category

Nonmember Rates

  • Entries = $90/entry
  • Multiple Categories = $40/additional category

A single piece may be entered into multiple categories for a discounted price for each additional category entered. The first entry for the piece will be at full price (see Fee Schedule above). To enter a piece into more than one category, you must submit an additional copy for judging, pay an entry fee for each category in which you enter the piece, and include each category as a separate line item on the online entry form.

Payment for entries can be done online when submitting entries. If you wish to pay by check, please indicate it on the form and place your check payable to PIAG in with your entry delivery.

Entry Delivery

At least one printed piece must be submitted after registration. Additional samples for each entry are not required but can be included if desired.

We ask that you place your company name and entry number on a sticky note or temporary label that you place on each entry and not apply a permanent label directly to the entry.

Please deliver all entered pieces to:

Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia
Attn: Print Excellence Competition
5020 Highlands Parkway
Smyrna, GA 30082


Certificates will be awarded for “Best of Category” winners and for “Awards of Excellence” signifying those entries that deserved recognition for their work. The following High Honor awards will be recognized at imPRESS 2023.

Best of Show: The entry that is judged as the most outstanding in the competition. 

Best of Division: One for each Division (1-5) may be awarded for an entry that exceeds all others in overall quality.

Top Notch: One for each Division (1-5) for the company that wins the highest percentage of Best of Category awards.

Top Gold: Among all entries, awards may be given for select categories, subject to the judges' discretion. Examples include: Most Innovative, Best Use of Color, Best Self Promo, Most Creative Use of Paper, Best Digital Printing, Best Combination of Print & Finishing, Best Brochure, Best Booklet, Best Calendar, Best Catalog, Most Environmentally Sustainable, Best Design, and Best Annual Report

Entries are judged on: Registration, Visual Impact, Illustration & Halftone Detail, Finishing, Richness & Tonal Qualities of Color, Degree of Difficulty, Paper & Ink Selection, and Ink Consistency

Entries are judged by impartial, out-of-state printing specialists.

Judging: May 2023
Winners’ Notification: Summer 2023


Download the official 2023 Call for Entries for all categories, corresponding category descriptions, and supplemental materials required.

Performance Excellence Award

The Performance Excellence Competition recognizes and awards the equipment manufacturer that had the most Top Gold and Best of Division winning entries printed on their equipment. It’s important that you encourage your customers to enter this year’s competition! Winning the Performance Excellence Award recognizes the superior work produced on your equipment. Winners can benefit from a mix of marketing opportunities, including recognition at imPRESS 2023, inclusion in the 2023 Awards Annual, and recognition across various media channels.