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. Live judging ensures your packages are evaluated and analyzed objectively. The final entry deadline is July 31, 2020. 

As we all adjust to our new normal of quarantine and social distancing due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we know that it may be difficult for some packaging professionals to ship their products to us for their 2020 Ameristar award submission. Rest assured, we are able to accept your product shipments at a later date if necessary, so please don't hesitate to submit for an award now!

See entry requirements, FAQ's and download the entry kit.

Winning packages receive industry-wide recognition, including: 

  • Eligibility to compete in the World Packaging Organisation's elite WorldStar Packaging Awards
  • We'll display your package at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 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.

2019 Winner
Clinique iD
Estee Lauder Companies

Last year's Best of Show Award went to Clinique iD from Estee Lauder Companies.

This is a unique dual pump package that delivers and lotion and concentrated serum in one push of the actuator. The consumer gets the choice of buying multiple lotion types and combining them with her choice of multiple serum cartridges to address specific skin needs.

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.

2019 Winner

Last year's Design Excellence Award went to O-I: EXPRESSIONS by O-I.

An innovation developed for design agencies, packaging professionals and all food and beverage marketers who want to stand out and offer their consumers new reasons to love and choose their brands. O-I: EXPRESSIONS enables late-stage design, combining the integral benefits and heritage of glass with an agile, marketing-focused capability.

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.

2019 Winner
Krylon® Industrial Quik-Tap™ Aerosol
Sherwin Williams

Last year's Sustainable Packaging Award went to Krylon® Industrial Quik-Tap™ Aerosol from Sherwin Williams.

Sherwin-Williams’ Krylon® Industrial team is proud to launch the Quik-Tap™ aerosol package – the first aerosol paint package to separate the valve and actuator from the can. After use, the reusable device creates an empty, non-pressurized aerosol can that allows for easy recycling.

Enter our most recent category addition - 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

$499 per entry: Until November 30, 2019
$599 per entry: December 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020
$699 per entry: February 1 - March  July 31, 2020 - Entry Fees will remain at $699!
$799 per entry: April 1 - May 31, 2020 
$899 per entry: June 1 - July 31, 2020

Download the entry kit.

Entry Requirements

  • Images: Up to four entry package photos (jpg, jpeg, gif, png, tiff)
  • Brief Narrative: 300-500 words emphasizing how the package meets the judging criteria (PDF)
  • Extended Narrative: 1200-1500 words addressing how the package meets the applicable judging criteria in listed order, with each criteria section indicated. The narrative should not exceed four typed, double-spaced pages.
  • Physical package(s) for live judging. Winning packages will be displayed at various packaging trade shows including PACK EXPO.

    Ship to:
    Institute of Packaging Professionals
    12930 Worldgate Drive, Suite 200
    Herndon, VA 20170 USA
    Attn: Paige Jarvi
  • Additional Fields (Optional): One file upload and one URL may be used for a video, 3D model, CAD drawing or prototype image.

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


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