Since 2007, PINE’s Awards of Excellence have been the premier symbol of excellence for the graphics industry in New England.  Winning an award – regardless of the level – is a great honor!

A PINE award can be the most powerful promotional tool your business has to use since it lets customers know you are an award-winning printer, and the work you do for them will be exceptional.

Our entry process is easy and completely online.  Entries are due the end of January and must have been printed in the previous calendar year.  Judges are brought in from outside of New England for the judging process in February.  Awards are presented to the winning companies in the spring during our Awards Celebration. That evening is one of the largest networking events of the year and should not be missed!

Save your entry pieces and give it a try!

Awards of Excellence Print Competition Deadline January 26, 2024!

2024 Awards of Excellence Competition – Show us how you live life in PRINT!

It’s time to gather your best work for the PINE 2024 Awards of Excellence Competition. A PINE award can be the most powerful promotional tool your business has. The benefits of participation include showcasing your company’s skills to customers and to the printing community as you celebrate the recognition. For students, this is a great opportunity to begin building your portfolio. Receiving a PINE award also looks great on a resume, job or college application.

Who can enter? 

Any print, packaging, digital, or direct mail company, as well as any high school or college graphic communications program, who were involved in the design, production or manufacturing of printed materials – no matter the method, size, or substrate – within the six states of New England.

Judging of Entries 

Judging is done by a group of print and design professionals, who are based outside of New England. Judging takes place mid-February and winners will be notified shortly thereafter.

Celebration of Print

Awards will be presented to the winning companies and schools during the Celebration of Print, which will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at the Broadmoor Ballroom in Natick, MA. There are limited hotel rooms available at The Residence Inn Natick next door. Stay tuned for more information!

Entry & Payment Method

All entries must be submitted online through the electronic submission form. Please click the link below to complete the form. Payment must be made at the time of entry. PINE Members must log in to receive the discounted entry fees.

Submission Requirements 

Two (2) copies of each entry are required; one for judging and one to be displayed in the Winner’s Gallery at the Celebration of Print. All entries become the property of PINE and are not returnable, unless special arrangements are made when entering.

Entry Piece Title & Description 

Please title each piece with an “entry specific” title. For example, The XYZ Corporation 2023 Annual Report. A description of the project and process used must be included with the mailed materials. Each piece must be clearly and safely labeled with the title and description or it will not be accepted.

Selecting a Category

The 2024 category list has been updated! Be sure to choose the appropriate category for your entry to ensure accurate judging. PINE reserves the right to recategorize entries if necessary.

Single Piece in Multiple Categories

Don’t worry, this is allowed! However, you must complete a separate entry form and pay a separate entry fee for each category. Please also send one (1) additional piece for each extra category you are entering. For example, if The XYZ Corporation 2023 Annual Report is being entered as an Annual Report and Environmentally Sound Materials, you will send three (3) physical copies of the piece.

Packing Your Entries

Please properly pack your entries for shipment to avoid damage that will reflect poorly on the piece during judging. If possible, pieces should be placed in clear plastic sleeves or other appropriate packaging. Large paper pieces may be rolled and submitted in mailing tubes. DO NOT fold, mount, or tightly shrink wrap pieces. Be sure that each piece is clearly labeled with it’s title and description, and that it will not fall off during transit. DO NOT tape or adhere labels directly to the piece.

Mail Entries To…

PINE – Awards of Excellence

5 Crystal Pond Road

Southborough, MA 01772

All Entries Must Be In By Friday, January 26, 2024 by 3 pm! 

Please call 508-804-4123 or email with any questions about categories or sending in the entries to PINE.

The future of printing was…WRITTEN IN THE STARS!

Enjoy Flipping Through the 2023 Winner’s Book!

Here’s a look back at the 2022 Winner’s Book & Celebration of Print!