What you need for your entry

RULES AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION

It is important to read this section before you proceed to the Entry Form

CLOSING DATE
Entry Deadline 31st July 2024
This is the last day for
- On-line entries to be completed,
- and the entry fee (if applicable) to be paid.

Submission of pack samples is optional. If you chose to submit samples to support your entry these should be delivered by Friday 2nd August 2024. Only empty packaging should be submitted for entries produced outside of South Africa. See the packaging sample suggestions below.

Eligibility
The packaging entered must have been converted in a country in Africa
. It is noted that in many cases the definition of "converted in Africa" may be open to different interpretations. Examples are imported components as a part of the finished completed pack or imported pre-forms for PET bottles. The measure will be how much of the entry can be considered "African" when evaluating the excellent application and execution of any new, innovative and creative design, marketing and technology applied to packaging in the African country concerned. If your entry has imported content, components, technology or any other, these MUST BE DECLARED in your motivation.

The packaging must have been in use or on sale prior to the closing date.

Anyone may enter a pack, however in all cases the converter and the brand owner must co-authorise the entry form indicating their consent and confirmation of all the details submitted.

Packs that have previously won any IPSA GOLD PACK or APO AFRISTAR Award are not eligible.

THE ON-LINE ENTRY FORM

The on-line entry procedure does not have to be completed in one session. You may begin the process and log-out without completing everything required. Remember to SAVE your changes. You may login again at a later date to complete the process.  You may enter as many packs as you wish using the same login details.

What will you require for the On-Line Entry
You will require the following information and items for the online entry system -

  1. ENTRANT'S DETAILS: The precise names and descriptions of the entry and the entry company's name. You will need the details for the convertor and the brand owner. Please be accurate with these, as this information will be used as the winner's details for the awards.
  2. KEY FEATURES: A VERY SHORT summary of the main features of your entry - no more than 50 words.
  3. MOTIVATION: A maximum of 300 words to support why your pack is a winner. The judges will be specifically looking for the excellent application and execution of anything that may involve new, innovative or creative design, marketing or technology applied to packaging. You must type this information into the text box provided.
  4. PACK VISUALS: At least 2 digital images of your pack (MINIMUM 300 dpi, width 6cm, height 5cm. MAXIMUM file size 10MB in PSD, TIFF or JPG format). Please ensure that these are good quality representations of your entry as they will be used for publicity purposes. Optional additonal pictures may be submitted highlighing features of the pack to assist the judging process.
  5. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT INFORMATION: You may upload additional pictures and documents in the "additional support information"  section for instance highlighting a clever opening/closing device, the difference between an empty and filled pack or detailed technical support information to substantiate claims. But note that the judges are not obligated to read or examine this section and will only do so if your entry inspires or interests them enough to do so.

OPTIONAL DELIVERY OF SAMPLES OF YOUR ENTRY
If your entry support would benefit for the submission of samples it is suggeted that at least two (2) carefully selected empty packs are submitted.

Packaging samples must be couriered to arrive no later than 2nd August 2024.

Please select and pack your samples carefully. Damaged and poorly presented packaging will not help your chances of winning an award. Samples must be carefully packed and clearly labelled with your entry's name (usually the brand name) on the on the outside of the delivery parcel.

Deliver your samples to:
AfriStar Awards
c/o Syndicate Graphics
1 Dorryce Lane, Morningside Manor
Sandton 2057
South Africa

Special arrangements for large, delicate or high-value entries value may be made by contacting
The Secretary, IPSA Gold Pack Awards  +27 11 804 1614

Return of Entries
Unless specifically arranged and agreed beforehand, pack samples will not be returned after judging.

ENTRY FEE
To qualify for FREE ENTRY the entry can only be entered into one of two categories -
Packaging produced in South Africa for export to any other country in Africa
or
Packaging produced in any country in Africa, excluding South Africa 

IMPORTANT DATES
Entry Procedure
1. Complete the online entry form (before the 31st July 2024)
3. Check online to ensure that all information requiring verification has been accepted.
4. OPTIONAL: Despatch the pack samples (to arrive by 2nd August 2024)

Judging
The judges' decision is final. The judges have the right to exclude entries that do not meet the conditions of entry. 

Announcement of 2024 Results
The succesful Finalists will be announced by mid-September 2024. The final award results will be announced at the prestigious awards ceremony, which takes the form of a banquet in  November in Johannesburg, South Africa. Date and venue to be confirmed
Ticket sales for this event will open in September.

All the finalists and medal winners will be eligible for entry into the WPO WorldStar awards subject to the completion of the relevant entry form and payment of fees.

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