GEAs Categories, Call for Entries and Easy Entry

The team from LCP, Waukegan, IL, accepts the 2023 Best of Show plaque.

Annual Graphics Excellence Awards Competition 

The 2024 Graphics Excellence Awards Competition is closed to new submissions. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! Watch for the announcement of the 2025 competition, which will open in January 2025.

If you have any questions, please contact Debra Warner at (414) 213-8329 or

2024 Categories

(* – indicates categories awarding Best of Division awards)

A Folders and Binders
A1 – Folders (1, 2, or 3 colors)
A2* – Folders (4 or more colors)
A3 – Binders

B Brochures, Broadsides, Booklets and Flyers
B1 – Brochures and Broadsides (1, 2, or 3 colors)
B2* – Brochures and Broadsides (4 or more colors)
B3 – Booklets (1, 2, or 3 colors)
B4* – Booklets (4 or more colors)
B5 – Flyers
B7 – Booklet or Brochure Series

C Catalogs
C1 – Product/Service Catalogs (1, 2, or 3 colors)
C2* – Product Catalogs (4 or more colors)
C3* – Service Catalogs (4 or more colors)
C4 – Product/Service Catalogs (cover: sheetfed, interior: web)

D Books, Book Jackets and Diaries
D1 – Juvenile Books
D2 – Hard Cover Trade Books, Journals and Other Books
D3 – Soft Cover Books
D4 – School Textbooks
D5 – School Yearbooks
D7 – Book Jackets
D8 – Novelty Books
D9 – Diaries and Desk Calendars
D10 – Art Books
D11 – Cookbooks

E Magazines, Newspapers and Inserts
E1* – Fashion/Health/Pop Culture Magazines
E2* – Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines
E3 – Magazines (cover: sheetfed, interior: web)
E4 – Magazine Inserts
E5 – Magazine Series
E6 – Newspapers
E7 – Retail Advertising Inserts (heatset or coldset)

F – Internal Communication Pieces

G  – Newsletters

H* – Business and Annual Reports

I Point-of-Purchase Materials
I1 – Point-of-Purchase Counter/Shelf
I2 – Point-of-Purchase Hanging/Wall/Window
I3 – Point-of-Purchase Floor/Stand Alone
I4 – Point-of-Purchase Other

J Posters and Art Prints
J1 – Posters
J2 – Art Prints

K – Cards

L Invitations and Programs
L1 – Invitations (1, 2, or 3 colors)
L2 – Invitations (4 or more colors)
L3 – Programs

M* – Calendars

N On-Demand and Digital Printing
N1 – Digital Printing – On-Demand
N2 – Variable Data Digital Printing
N3 – Digital Printing – Campaigns
N4 – Digital Books
N5 – Digital Large Format
N6 – Digital Tag/Label
N7 – Digital Packaging Folded Carton
N8 – Digital Flexible Packaging and Pouches

O Postpress and Finishing Techniques
O1 – Foil Stamping
O2 – Embossing/Debossing
O3* – Diecuts, Pop-Ups, Unique Folds, and Involvement Devices
O4 – Specialty Inks or Coatings, Fragrances, or “Invisible” Printing Inks
O5 – Other Special Finishing and/or Folding Techniques
O6 – Product Packaging Assembly
O7 – Binding

P Alternative Printing Methods
P1 – Hi-Fidelity Printing
P2 – Stochastic Printing
P3 – Lenticular Printing

Q – Directories and Source Books

R Stationery and Office Materials
R1 – Business Cards
R2 – Stationery Packages

S – Environmentally Sound Materials

SA – They Said It Couldn’t Be Done

SB – Envelopes

TL Packaging/Labels – Lithography
TL1* – Litho Cartons and Containers
TL2 – Litho Labels and Wraps, Cut and Stack, Sheetfed
TL3 – Labels and Wraps, Rolled Products/Pressure Sensitive

TF Packaging Labels – Flexography
TF4 – Flexo Narrow Web Labels and Wraps, Rolled Products/Pressure Sensitive
TF5 – Flexo Cartons and Containers
TF6 – Flexo-Bags
TF7 – Flexo-Mid Web, Line
TF8 – Flexo-Mid Web, Process
TF9 – Flexo-Mid Web, Screen
TF10 – Flexo-Wide Web, Line
TF11 – Flexo-Wide Web, Process
TF12 – Flexo-Wide Web, Screen

U* – Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion

V Web Press Printing
V1 – Web Press Printing, Coated or Uncoated Paper (1, 2, or 3 colors)
V2 – Web Press Printing, Coated Paper (4 or more colors)
V3 – Uncoated Paper (4 or more colors, heatset or coldset)

W Marketing/Promotional Materials
W1 – Promotional Campaigns, Business-to-Business
W2 – Promotional Campaigns, Consumer
W3 – Direct Mail Campaigns, Business-to-Business
W4 – Direct Mail Campaigns, Consumer
W5 – Media Kits
W6 – Single Promotional Self-Mailer
W7 – Self-Mailing Unit
W8 – Cross Media Promotion

X Specialty Printing
X1 – Large Format Printing
X2 – Specialty Printing – Other

Y Special Innovation Awards
Y1 – Special Innovation Awards – Printing
Y2 – Special Innovation Awards – Other

Z Students
Z1 – Students; 50% of work completed by students
Z2 – Students; prepress through print production