Each year, the Great Lakes Graphics Association’s Graphics Excellence Awards competition recognizes companies through Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin for the superb craftsmanship in the design, creation and production of top-quality printed material they produce for their customers. The GEA Competition is the largest regional affiliate print competition and is intensely competitive. A win at the GEAs means a company has produced truly excellent work.
Who Is Eligible to Enter?
The Graphics Excellence Awards competition is open to anyone in the graphic arts industry. This includes printing and postpress companies, design firms, ad agencies, in-plant printing operations, trade houses and students. A company does not need to be a member of GLGA to enter projects in the GEAs.
How Is Judging Conducted?
The team of judges is composed of experts in the graphic communications industry. An entry is judged first on technical expertise and the quality of printing, then on design features and overall graphic appeal. Any entry with visible technical flaws will be disqualified from the judging – so please check your samples carefully!
2020 BEST OF SHOW
What People are Saying
“The Graphics Excellence Awards has always been a source of great pride for the people of TEAM Concept Printing. We look forward to entering samples all year. It allows us to showcase all of the cool production types we do and the creative ways we are able to create so many unique pieces in house. I highly suggest to all that you enter in the GEA’s. The GEA’s are a big part of our culture of craftsmanship, performance and pride. “
Tony Rouse, CEO of TEAM CONCEPT
“A Valuable Marketing and Sales Tool”
“The Graphics Excellence Awards have been a very valuable tool for us over the last 13 years. Our clients are always happy to see their projects on the awards stage, with the satisfaction of knowing that we’re competing amongst some of the best printers in the country and beyond. “
Kristopher Gasch of Fey Printing
“An Exciting Opportunity to be Recognized”
“Each year the Graphic Excellence Awards provides Ace Graphics an exciting opportunity to recognize the craftsmanship, expertise and the talents of our staff and production team. We take great pride in the acknowledgements we receive from our participation in the GEA’s and for the opportunity to contribute to the graphic arts industry.”
Rodney Krantz of Ace Graphics, Inc.
“Growing Customer Relationships”
“Having a voice for the advancement of the print industry is really important, and we value the vast array of resources the GLGA provides. The Graphics Excellence Awards are an excellent way to showcase the innovative things our peers have produced. I cannot understate the value of the relationships that have been formed through participation in events like the GEAs.”
Austin Meissner of Color Ink, Inc.