Frequently Asked Questions
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WHO CAN ENTER?
The competition is open to any graphic arts firm—printers, finishers/binderies, brokers, graphic designers, ad agencies and in-plant operations located within the service area of PIASC. All entries must have been produced, or had the piece(s) produced, within the state of California or PIASC’s service area during 2017 (January 1st – December 31st).
WHAT IS MY INVESTMENT?
There is no limit on the number of pieces. The more you enter, the lower your per entry cost will be.
|1ST ENTRY||FREE (WITH MORE THAN 1 ENTERED)||$130|
|Up to 10||$50 each||$130 each|
|11 to 25||$45 each||$125 each|
|26 or more||$35 each||$115 each|
HOW DO I SUBMIT ENTRIES?
Please refer to the SUBMIT section for additional information.
- Complete one entry form per entry, per category.
- Submit two samples per entry by mail or carrier to PIASC.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY ENTRIES AFTER THE COMPETITION?
All entries become the property of PIASC and/or Printing Industries of America (PIA) and are not returnable. Those who win a Best of Category get submitted to the national Premier Print Awards. Entering the competition constitutes approval for promotional use by either PIASC or PIA.
ARE ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE ONLINE?
YES! Download the PDF entry form here, fill it out, print it, and submit it with your entry by mail or carrier to PIASC.
DOES COMPANY SIZE MATTER?
To ensure that entries from all companies, large and small, are treated fairly, within each category there is a potential of six winners based on the size of their firm and firms that are part of the creative process—graphic designers, ad agencies, brokers, finishers, and even clients. You must declare your company size under the “divisions” section. Please refer to the get started section see the listing of all divisions.
WHERE SHOULD I SEND MY ENTRY?
Please follow all requirements carefully; refer to the SUBMIT section for additional information. Entries not containing all requirements will be disqualified.
Send your entry to:
PIASC 2018 Print Excellence Awards
c/o Kristy Villanueva
5800 South Eastern Avenue, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90040
WHEN WILL WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?
Award winners will be announced at the annual Graphics Night on April 13, 2018, at Pacific Palms Resort. Best of Category, Best of Division, People’s Choice and Best of Show winners will receive their awards during the evening’s program. The other awards can be claimed at the end of the evening. Award recipients will be notified by mail on March 4, 2018 regarding their participation in the evening’s program.
HOW ARE ENTRIES JUDGED?
Judging is an anonymous process. Each entry is assigned a number code when it is received and that number is the only identification on the piece when the judges review the entry. The judging panel is made up o f a team of distinguished professionals with a minimum of 10+ years in the graphic arts industry that are chosen based on their extensive knowledge of the printing process.
Judges will consider the quality of printing, degree of difficulty, technical expertise, including: registration, ink coverage, density of solids, dot structure, crossovers, paper usage, category description, finishing techniques and overall visual appearance.
Judges will eliminate from contention any piece with obvious flaws such as hickeys, streaking, hazing, slurring, etc. Therefore, your selection of what to enter and how it is shipped is very important.