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Entries open for the seventh annual Wine Label Design Awards by

Don’t miss the chance for your label and packaging to shine!

Entries for the seventh annual Wine Label Design Awards, the fourth annual Beer Label Design Awards and second annual Spirits Label Design Awards are now open.

The awards, convened by, are proudly sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel, who has been associated with this initiative since inception. We welcome Avery Dennison who join Synchron and Kemtek|HP Indigo as secondary sponsors. Stellenbosch design studio GR\FT is responsible for collateral material.

The motivation for the competition is to reward outstanding design and packaging as an influence on wine, beer and spirit purchases. All South African wine, beer and spirit producers as well as design studios are invited to enter by the deadline of Wednesday 3 November 2021. An entry fee depending on category applies.

Judges have been appointed so as to represent the various drinks sectors as well as design – to view biographies, click here.

Wines will be judged in four categories: 1) under R80 a bottle; 2) over R80 a bottle; 3) over R500 a bottle and 4) labels forming a series – no price constraints.

Beers will be judged in two categories: 1) single labels and 2) labels forming a series.

Spirits will be judged in two categories: 1) single labels and 2) labels forming a series.

Judging criteria include originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as a piece of communication. A series is defined as a sequence of products which combine so that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Wine, beer and spirits must be produced in South Africa and be commercially available while the minimum stock requirement is 50 six-bottle cases. Each entry must be accompanied by a 150-word creative rationale.

After official judging, finalists will then be displayed on for a set period to allow for consumer voting to determine a “People’s Choice” winner. The award ceremony takes place on 2 December 2021.

Entries close on Wednesday 3 November. Click here to enter wine | beer | spirits

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