2024 Print Excellence Competition

2024 Print Excellence Competition Call for Entries Now Open
Important Dates
  • Early Bird Deadline - March 8, 2024
  • Call for Entries Close - April 26, 2024
  • Samples due to PIAG Office - April 30, 2024
  • Judging - May 2024
  • Winners' Notification - June 2024
  • imPRESS Celebration of Print - August 2024

Questions? Please contact Jennie Thomas at jennie@piag.org.

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The 2024 Print Excellence Competition is now open.

The Print Excellence Competition (PEC) awards the best combinations of technology and craftsmanship within Georgia’s printing and graphic communications community. The PEC is open to all print manufacturing, finishing, and design firms in Georgia. A minimum of 75% of each entry must have been produced within Georgia between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 by the participating company. 

Entry categories have been updated this year to better reflect current trends in the industry.

Winning a PEC award can be a powerful promotional tool, demonstrating your capabilities to current and potential customers while recognizing your employees' skill and talent. Winners will benefit from a mix of marketing opportunities, including recognition at imPRESS awards gala, inclusion in the Excellence 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 third annual Americas Print Awards, a national competition hosted by Americas Printing Association Network (APAN), a group of state and regional print associations. PIAG will submit top PEC winning entries to this national competition, at no additional 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.

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Eligibility

All print manufacturing, print finishing, and design facilities located within Georgia may enter the Print Excellence Competition. Entries are limited to Georgia-produced work only that was produced between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023. A minimum of 75% of every entry must have been produced within Georgia by the participating company.

Finishing companies are eligible to enter pieces in category O.

Design companies are eligible to enter pieces in category SB.

All other categories are printing categories. 

Entry Submission Process

Entries must be classified by category codes listed in the Call for Entries and submitted via the online submission form by April 26, 2024.

Companies may enter as many pieces as they wish in any eligible category.

Along with the online submission form, you will need to mail or deliver a sample of each entry to PIAG. Additional samples for each entry are not required, but can be included if desired.

PIAG reserves the right to re-categorize any entry if it is determined that the entry may be judged more fairly by being placed in a different category. 

Entries may be returned to you after imPRESS, if requested. Participant will be responsible for return shipping and handling costs. 

Categories

Entry categories have been updated this year to better reflect current trends in the industry.

Download the full 2024 Call for Entries for all categories, corresponding category descriptions, and supplemental materials required.

Awards

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 2024.

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

Best of Division: One for each Division for an entry that exceeds all others in overall quality.

Top Notch: One for each Division for the company with 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: Best Brochure, Most Imaginative, Best Use of Color, Most Creative Use of Paper, Best Finishing, Best Booklet, Best Calendar, Best Campaign, Best Catalog, Best Design, and/or 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 2024
Winners’ Notification: Summer 2024*

*Best of Show, Best of Division, Top Notch and Top Gold award recipients will not be revealed until imPRESS.

Divisions

Entries are divided by company size: 

  • 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 8) = $35/entry
  • Regular Entries (by April 26) = $45/entry
  • Multiple Categories = $25/additional category

Nonmember Rates

  • Entries = $95/entry
  • Multiple Categories = $45/additional category

A single piece may be entered into multiple categories. First entry for the piece will be at full price with a discounted price for each additional category entered (see Fee Schedule above). A separate sample should be provided for each category entered. Please 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. Payment must be received prior to judging

Entry Delivery

After completing the online submission form, you will need to mail or deliver a sample of each entry to PIAG. Additional samples for each entry are not required, but can be included if desired.

We ask that you place a sticky note or temporary label on each entry with its respective entry number. Please do not apply a permanent label directly to the entry.

Please deliver all entered pieces to:

PIAG
Attn: Print Excellence Competition
5020 Highlands Parkway
Smyrna, GA 30082

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