AmeriStar Package Awards Competition

IoPP is choosing the best packages of the year in one of the industry's oldest and most prestigious design competitions. Think you have what it takes to compete in one of our categories—or even for a top prize? Enter your team's most creative packaging solution(s) over the past year. The final entry deadline is April 15, 2022.

The Student AmeriStar Package Awards Competition honors the most innovative packages developed by students enrolled in college, university or vocational/technical school programs (undergraduate or graduate). This program is an excellent way to get noticed by professionals in the business. 

Winning packages receive industry-wide recognition, including: 

  • Eligibility to compete in the World Packaging Organisation's elite WorldStar Packaging Awards
  • IoPP will display your package at PACK EXPO in the Showcase of Packaging Innovations
  • Trophies for display at your company
  • Print and digital trade press recognition
  • Social media recognition on IoPP's LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook pages
  • Recognition on the IoPP website

Top AmeriStar Awards

Best of Show Award

The Best of Show Award honors a package that surpasses all judging criteria. To win this award, a package must receive top ratings in every category of judging.

Design Excellence Award

The Design Excellence Award recognizes the package that best integrates structure and graphic design. Judges consider how improved functionality can persuade consumers to think about the product in a new way, as well as design benefits such as presentation and findability on a shelf.

Sustainable Packaging Award

The Sustainable Packaging Award honors the most resourceful package in the AmeriStar competition. Judges consider how the packaging can reduce its impact on the environment, evaluating efficient energy usage; recycling efforts; and effective use of reusable, recyclable and eco-friendly packaging materials.

Packaging That Saves Food

IoPP introduced this category in 2017 as part of the World Packaging Organisation’s Packaging that Saves Food initiative. It recognizes packaging that minimizes food losses and food waste, extends shelf life and improves the supply of food.

See more AmeriStar categories.

Entry Fees

$399 per entry: Until December 31, 2021
$599 per entry: Until February 28, 2022
$699 per entry: Until March 31, 2022
$799 per entry: Until April 15, 2022

Free - Member & Non-member


For questions regarding your AmeriStar entry, please contact +1 (571) 266-4403 or info@iopp.org.




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