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New final entry date: 26th June 2020

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!

We are excited to announce that submissions for the 2020 Pro Carton Young Designers Award are open and run right through until end of June 2020, so get your creative juices running!

Teachers can plan the Awards into the curriculum for this academic year (see offer of support below); and students, please encourage your teachers to let you participate.

Entries can be submitted across these categories:

  • Creative Cartonboard Packaging: Eat & 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 other: This category focuses on using the most sustainable packaging material for non-food packaging. Everything needs packaging, have a look around yourself and get inspired!
  • 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!
  • Newcomer’s Award: There will also be an award for the best entry submitted from a university that hasn’t won an award in the past. So if your university or school has not had a winner before, or maybe has never entered before, now’s the time to do so!
Final date for online entry: 26th June
Please check the details here.
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What you can win:

  • The main prize for the 5 overall winners is a visit to Italy to visit the cartonboard mill RdM and the carton converter Artigrafiche Reggiane.
  • Furthermore, all winners, finalists and each of their lecturers will be invited to the Gala Awards dinner at the European Carton Makers Association (ECMA) Congress in September 2020 in Krakow, Poland where the European folding carton industry will meet for the 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!
    Change due to COVID-19: the ceremony in Krakow has been cancelled – we look forward to announcing an alternative event as soon as the situation allows.
  • All finalists will receive framed certificates.

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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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The cartonboard for this year´s Award is being sponsored by Mayr-Melnhof Karton.

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