The European Pro Carton Young Designers Award (#pcyda) was a great success in 2022 with a new record number of more than 800 entries.  From those entries, 8 countries additionally choose their national winners, underlining the great appeal of the competition.  The national winners were celebrated in public ceremonies – below you will find the winners details.

When entering the European Pro Carton Young Designers Award, students also have the opportunity to enter a National competition to win an award.  In cooperation with National Carton Associations, Pro Carton has awarded creative carton packaging in 8 European countries in 2022.  The high response shows the importance of #pcyda as one of the leading annual competitions for creative, innovative packaging solutions made from carton in Europe.

The European and National awards are a perfect way to bring university teachers and students into contact with the cartonboard industry.  This connection gives the industry important input from the outside, through creative design concepts.  For young talents, it is another important step towards an exciting career as a designer.  And for Pro Carton, the National Awards are a chance to recognise smart design thinking and great carton packaging solutions created by students.

The jury this year consisted of chairman Satkar Gidda, Brand Consultant from the UK/Poland; Roland Rex, member of the Executive Board of WEIG Group; and Sanjeev Das, Unilever, Global Packaging Director in the food and ice cream division.  Jury chairman Satkar Gidda says “This competition gets better every year. So do the presentations – carefully planned, created and edited videos, very professionally done.”

Congratulations to the 2022 winners! Here they are, with links to the reports, photos and videos:



  • Buckle Up | Belt Hanger Cartonboard Box, by Alex Emanuel
    Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Stijn Anseel, Henk Willems



  • Saluu, by Amelie Richard & Lilly Fouqueray
    Ecole De Design Nantes Atlantique, Cécile Cazanova



  • Tino’s story, by Valentina Geromin
    Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata, Chiara D’Aleo



  • Candle Light, by Mayra Alejandra Molina López
    Universidad de La Laguna, Alfredo Rivero Rivero
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2022 PCYDA Public Award Winner Twin Bags for Popcorn and Beverages

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  • Redesign of Menstrual Pad Packaging, by Ishita Arora
    Nottingham Trent University, Emily Brook

Many young designers are already starting to prepare their submissions for 2023, which can be submitted here at any time until May 2023. Please get in touch with us at!

Pro Carton’s three awards – the European Carton Excellence Award (together with ECMA), the Pro Carton Young Designers Award and the Pro Carton Student Video Award – all offer enlightening solutions for consumers and the environment.

The winning designs can be found in the Awards pages on our website, as well as photo galleries and video interviews with the award winners are in our Media section.