The Pro Carton Young Designers Award is Europe’s leading annual young talent competition for packaging design. Focussing exclusively on cartonboard, the award plays a pioneering role in promoting sustainable packaging and innovation amongst students across Europe.

The design competition is free to enter and open to all students enrolled at a European school or university. We encourage teachers to make the award a course project!

Entries can be submitted across these categories:
-Creative Cartonboard Packaging | Food & Drink
-Creative Cartonboard Packaging | All other
-Creative Cartonboard Ideas
-Sustainability Award

In addition to these four category winners, the jury will also choose the winner of the “Newcomer Award“. This award goes to a participant from a school or university that has not won an award in the past. Everyone will have the opportunity to vote for their favourites during the public voting and help determine the “Public Award” winner themselves.

The brief is kept as open as possible to allow for maximum creativity in packaging and cartonboard design.

The jury consists of designers, a brand owner and a leading carton producer. They will ensure that every aspect of the entries are fully scrutinised from the initial concept right through to the consumer experience.

What to win:
-As one of the five main-prize winners you will be traveling to Germany and visit the facilities of WEIG Karton and WEIG Packaging, a leading European cartonboard manufacturer and folding carton producer. You will travel to Mayen/Eifel and experience their top-class facilities for cartonboard production. Especially recycling cartonboard is their passion, producing over half a million tons every year. At their facilities in Nürnberg you will learn all there is to know about realising sustainable packs for big brands on a huge scale and gain priceless insights into their packaging expertise.
-You will travel to the award gala which will be held in one of Europe's capitals. A two-night stay in a luxury hotel and the best networking opportunity of the industry!
-Next to international publicity and recognition you will get a trophy/certificate. The winner of the Public Award will win an iPad and a certificate.

The deadline is May 22, 2022.