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The Pro Carton Young Designers Award is now one of Europe’s leading annual young talent competitions for packaging design. It also plays a pioneering role in promoting sustainability as it focuses exclusively on cartonboard design!


New for this year: there are more categories and there will be more winners plus more finalists all of whom get to go to the Gala Dinner which this year is in Riga. And don’t forget the teachers of the finalists get to come to the Gala too! 

  • Creative Cartonboard Packaging: Food & Drink: The focus lies on cartonboard as the most sustainable food and beverages packaging material and its recyclability. Give us a taste of great design!
  • Creative Cartonboard Packaging: All Packaging excluding Food & Drink: all non-food packaging using cartonboard which is, of course, both renewable and recyclable.
  • Creative Cartonboard Ideas: Think outside the box! Here’s a chance for you to put forward your cartonboard ideas outside of the packaging market.
  • Save the Planet: Every minute a truck load of plastics is dumped in the ocean. Show us your ideas as to how cartonboard can reduce or replace plastic and help us save the planet!


  • The main prize for the category winners is a visit to the Metsä Board Mill in Finland plus practical training at the international carton producer Mayr-Melnhof Packaging in Austria. All expenses paid!
  • Furthermore, the finalists and each of their lecturers will be invited to the Gala Awards dinner and ceremony on 20th September at the European Carton Makers Association (ECMA) Congress in Riga/Latvia. The European folding carton industry will meet for this networking event of the year! All expenses will be covered by Pro Carton: Travel costs, 2 nights in a luxury hotel, the elegant Award Gala and even a budget for night out in Riga!
  • All finalists will receive framed certificates.

For inspiration take a look at

Also, you can see more about the two sponsor companies that will be welcoming the 2018 winners and

Services for Design Schools and Universities:

We would be happy to support you with >> Publications on cartons and cartonboard, and, above all, complimentary cartonboard for the design work. We want to provide a real hands on learning experience for the students!

If you like us to send you cartonboard for your students you are most welcome to order free of charge here:

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It is also possible to arrange for Pro Carton members to come to your school or university and hold workshops on the numerous options that cartonboard and cartons offer (design, technology, production, marketing …).

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Please let us know what else we can do for you and contact us:
Suzanne McEwen

„This is a much anticipated design competition simply because of the amazing innovative ideas and clever thinking that we have witnessed in the past. What is fascinating to see are absolutely new uses for carton board that we had not witnessed before. It is quite amazing what you can do with carton board through free thinking.”
Satkar Gidda, Chairman of the jury