Golden Cylinder Awards
The premier professional organization in gravure printing since 2013
The Golden Cylinder award is an annual recognition of the most creative and highest quality gravure print projects produced by various gravure operators throughout the Americas.
The aim of the Golden Cylinder is to inspire other operators, as well as salespeople and end-users to consider the outstanding results that gravure methods make possible.
The award is given across multiple categories to accurately reflect the technical knowledge and skill necessary for various gravure specializations: Packaging and Label, Product, Publication, Technical Innovation.
2020 Golden Cylinder Awards Competition
CALL FOR ENTRIES! The 2020 Golden Cylinder Awards competition is now open. We look forward to seeing your excellent work! The deadline to submit your entries has been extended to June 26, 2020!
Click here to download a fillable PDF version of the application
Click here to download a non-fillable PDF version of the application.
Please be sure to review the criteria for submitting your entries very carefully. The more thorough your application is the better your chances of winning. Completing all the information truly helps the judges in their evaluation. Judging will take place in Spring 2020, and winners will be announced later in the year.
This competition is conducted annually to promote the gravure process and to provide peer recognition for technical achievement. The competition is designed to identify the “Best of the Best” in each segment of the industry and to distinguish technical innovations.
Winning a “Golden Cylinder” award is both an honor and an opportunity for you and your customer to achieve the peer recognition you so justly deserve. It increases your exposure in numerous graphic arts publications, promotes customer relations, provides tools to your sales force, and more.
Who Should Enter:
The Golden Cylinder Awards Competition is open to all GAA members and non-members. All entries must have been produced during the 2019 calendar year and must use the gravure process. Entries must be production units against an order, except for the supplier innovation category. The entrant must designate the Golden Cylinder Award Category for which they are entering, subject to final review by the GAA Golden Cylinder Awards Committee. Entrants will be notified of any changes in their category. Entries in the supplier innovation category must include complete description and supporting evidence of the technical innovation, including a factual statement of support from one or more customers or users.
Each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and entry fee. An item may be entered in more than one category, but an additional entry form must be completed and the appropriate entry fee must be included. Entries using common graphics or a theme throughout a product line may be entered individually or as a family (i.e., one entry consisting of a group of pieces). Families are limited to five pieces.
Judges are selected from professionals of recognized knowledge, experience, and reputation in the gravure industry, including but not limited to designers, educators, and publishers.
If you have any questions regarding the Golden Cylinder Awards please contact Pamela Schenk.
Enter the Golden Cylinder Awards Competition
Each year, award winners are announced at the Gravure Technical Forum each fall. Awards are given for work done in the prior calendar year.
To enter your work in the competition:
To learn more about the Gravure Technical Forum:
2019 winners include
A. Packaging and Label
D. Technical Innovation
To Nominate your own work or the work of another gravure print team, please complete the application form below.
Past Golden Cylinder Award Winners
The Gravure Association of America conducts the Annual Golden Cylinder Awards Competition to promote the gravure process and to provide peer recognition for technical achievement.
The competition is designed to identify the “Best of the Best” in each segment of the industry and to distinguish technical innovations.
The Golden Cylinder Awards Competition is open to all GAA members AND non-members. Judges are selected from professionals of recognized knowledge, experience, and reputation in the gravure industry, including but not limited to designers, educators, and publishers.
For more information on the Golden Cylinder Awards, please contact GAA.
No competition held.