Print Excellence Awards

This competition celebrates the extraordinary craft of creating unique and amazingly beautiful printed material.

Once again, the competition will be truly regional in nature with printers from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming all competing for recognition as the best of the best.

Print Excellence Awards Celebrations

April 3, 2020 | Culinary Dropout
149 S Farmer Ave | Tempe, AZ 85281

April 23, 2020 | All Copy Products
1635 W. 13th Ave | Denver, CO 80204

Print Excellence Call for Entries Booklet

Print Excellence Entry Form (Download to Complete)

Who Can Enter

All companies, educational institutions or individuals who have production facilities and are located in the States of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming can enter. Your company must have performed some of the production work for the entry submitted. All entries must be printed between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

Deadlines and Pricing


$50 per entry | 5 entries for $200 | 5 or more, $40 each

Student Entries FREE

ENTRY FINAL DEADLINE: February 21, 2020

$70 per entry

Student Entries $20

How to Enter


The criteria for judging are: registration, clarity and neatness, sharpness of half-tones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, paper and ink selection, ink coverage, difficulty of printing, effective contrast or softness, overall visual impact, finishing, and finally, design and typography. Select your very best!


Check out the categories in the Call for Entries Booklet or listed below. Determine which category your entry should compete in. You can enter the same piece in multiple categories but the entry must be prepared for EACH CATEGORY and have a separate form and payment for each one entered.


Each submission must be accompanied by a completed entry form. After typing out an entry form (no handwriting) for each entry, attach the ENTRY TAG to the physical entry. Fugitive glue is the best material to use. If your entry requires a description, write it on the back of the ENTRY TAG. The judges often read the Press Used and Short Description if they have any questions so be sure to fill those sections out.


      • Make copies of your entry forms for your records.
      • Apply the ENTRY TAG to each entry with fugitive glue.
      • Place your entry in a bag, envelope, or shrink-wrapped package.
      • For entries that do not fit in a bag, envelope, or shrink-wrapped package, send it to us in a way that will protect the entry from damage during transport.
      • Include the completed Payment Form with credit card information or check.


Ship your entries to:

Runbeck Election Services
C/O WSPA, Cathy Skoglund
2800 South 36th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Best of Category Winners will be submitted into the Premier Print Awards of Printing Industries of America, compliments of WSPA.


A – Poster/Art Reproduction

B – Hardbound Book

C – Digital Hardbound Book

D – Books, Non-hardbound

E – Digital Books, Non-hardbound

F – Booklet/Newsletter

G – Brochure

H – Digital Brochure

I – Catalog

J – Greeting/Postcard

K – Digital Greeting/Postcard

L – Invitation

M – Digital Invitation

N – Program

O – Digital Program

P – Corporate Identity

Q – Presentation Folder

R – Large/Grand Format – If physical entry cannot be submitted, please provide photos and a short description.

S – Magazine: Sheetfed

T – Magazine: Heatset Web

U – Calendar

V – Variable Data Printing – Must include 3 pieces.

W – Self-Promotion

X – Packaging

Y – Marketing Campaign – Multiple pieces produced for a single purpose. Include a brief description of the project and processes involved.

Z – Special Finishing – Foil, emboss, deboss, diecut, pop-ups, unique folds, specialty coatings, thermography or any other special finishing. Provide a process description.

AA – The Impossible – Whether it be insane complexity or just an extremely short turnaround time, this piece was IMPOSSIBLE! Provide description.

BB – Graphic Design

CC – Creative Solutions – This one utilized dynamic tools like augmented reality, variable videos, & interactive print. Include a description.


Please include a description if entry was part of class project.


HS-1 – High School Photography

HS-2 – High School Marketing Material

HS-3 – High School Poster

HS-4 – High School Graphic Design/Branding

HS-5 – High School Class Project – Please include a description of the class assignment.


SC-1 – College Photography

SC-2 – College Marketing Material

SC-3 – College Poster

SC-4 – College Graphic Design/Branding

SC-5 – College Class Project – Please include a description of the class assignment.

If the judges feel an entry fits better in a different category, the entry will be reclassified.

For any questions, please contact Cathy Skoglund
[email protected]

Employee Recognition Awards

In conjunction with the Print Excellence Award events in Colorado and Arizona, we will once again present the WSPA Employee Recognition Awards.

If we didn’t have employees, we wouldn’t be here. Now’s the perfect time to honor your employees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, individuals that make a difference, the stars that shine! Think of the CSR or pressman who saved the day, the sales team who closed a huge deal, the estimator that improved your profitability, the employee who puts a smile on everyone’s face, the IT professional who averted disaster, or the accounts receivable clerk who collected from that impossible client.

Everyone enjoys receiving praise for their work, and what better way to recognize your key staff than for them to receive a WSPA Employee Recognition Award in front of their peers at the Print Excellence Celebration.

Download and complete the fillable PDF form and return by email to Cathy Skoglund, [email protected]. You can enter as many employees as you would like. The cost of each certificate is $50 but you can recognize 5 employees for just $200. Deadline for submissions:  March 13, 2020.

Sponsoring Opportunities

The Print Excellence Awards could not be held without the generosity of our sponsors. If you would like to be part of this special event and help in honoring your customers and their excellent print, please select a sponsorship level below and contact Cathy Skoglund, [email protected] or 602.999.1304.

Sponsorship Packages


  • Present the Best of Show award at the event
  • 4 tickets to the ceremony
  • 2 student sponsorships to attend the event
  • Your company prominently featured in all collateral material, on our website and at the event.



  • Present one Best of Category award at the event
  • 2 tickets to the ceremony
  • 1 student sponsorship to the event
  • Your company prominently featured in all collateral material, on our website and at the event.



  • 1 ticket to the ceremony
  • Your company featured in all collateral material, on our website and at the event.



  • Recognition at the event, on our website and in all marketing material.

Thank you to our sponsors!