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The GAERF 2015 Student Design Competition presents...

The PIZZAZZ of PRINT!

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In recent years, print marketing has changed and evolved driven by innovative new technologies. Today, the printed piece can effectively convey a message and also connect with other media to further increase engagement.

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Enter GAERF 2015 Student Design Competition

THE CHALLENGE

Design a unique and striking printed marketing piece to promote strong attendance at a major event.

WHO CAN ENTER

All students who attend recognized secondary or post-secondary institutions in the continental United States who are studying in a graphic communications/printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program.

HOW TO ENTER

All student entries must be submitted by their instructor.
Secondary instructors may submit up to 10 entries; one entry per student.
Post-secondary instructors may submit an unlimited number of entries; one entry per student.

Enter Online
Complete the online entry form accompanied by a digital photo of the printed marketing piece.
Mail the printed marketing piece with a copy of the entry form to:

Student Design Competition
c/o GAERF
1899 Preston White Drive
Reston, VA 20191.

All entries must be:

  • Completed during the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Original work of the student and contain no copyrighted materials or photos.
  • Submitted by the instructor.
  • Received by the deadline: Friday, June 12, 2015.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COMPETITION?

Review the Frequently Asked Questions.

JUDGING & PRIZES

Entries selected by GAERF will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.

1st Place Awards:

$2,000 plus a two-day trip
(Sept. 15-16, 2015),
all expenses paid, for the student and instructor to attend GRAPH EXPO 15 in Chicago, IL
(1 secondary school winner;
1 post-secondary school winner)

2nd Place Awards:

$1,500
(1 secondary school winner;
1 post-secondary school winner)

3rd Place Awards:

$1,000
(1 secondary school winner;
1 post-secondary school winner)

TAKE A BOW!

First place winners will receive their awards at GRAPH EXPO 15 during Career Awareness Day on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.
Other winners will receive their awards via USPS delivery by Wednesday, September 16, 2015.
Student entries will be showcased online at www.graphicCOMMcentral.org, and also in GRAPH EXPO’s Education Main Street pavilion.

THE SPONSOR

The GAERF Student Design Competition is sponsored by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF). For more information, contact Eileen Cassidy, GAERF Director at phone: 703/264-7200 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .