Packaging Design


The Packaging Design of the Year award represents more than just boxes and bags. Truly great package design advances the graphics, branding, presentation and materials that make a package iconic.

We're looking for the next classic in packaging excellence, from innovative recyclable packaging to new modern classics. Whether your market is fast-moving consumer goods, premiere brands, simple promotions or limited editions, show us your best work.

Winners of Best Packaging Design Awards receive career-advancing recognition for doing more, creating more, and arriving at the next iconic package concept.

Packaging Design categories

PK21001. Animals & Pets
PK21002. Baby & Children
PK21003. Beauty & Personal Care
PK21004. Cosmetics & Fragrance
PK21005. Dairy, Spices, Oils, Sauces & Condiments
PK21006. Electronics
PK21007. Fashion, Apparel & Accessories
PK21008. Fresh Food
PK21009. Games
PK21010. Garden
PK21011. Health & Wellness
PK21012. Home Appliances
PK21013. Industrial
PK21014. Limited Edition (NEW)
PK21015. Luxury
PK21016. Medical
PK21017. Non-Alcoholic Beverages
PK21018. Office
PK21019. Prepared Food
PK21020. Promotional
PK21021. Rebrand (NEW)
PK21022. Retail
PK21023. Self Promotion
PK21024. Snacks, Confectionary & Desserts
PK21025. Sports
PK21026. Structural (NEW)
PK21027. Sustainable
PK21028. Technology
PK21029. Tobacco
PK21030. Toys
PK21031. Wine, Beer & Liquor
PK21032. Other Packaging Design

Deadlines & Fees

Architects, builders, contractors, developers, engineers, business owners are encouraged to submit work that is in prototype or complete*. Winners are determined by one entry, and not an entire body of work, so careful selection should be observed.
2021 Entry Period Early Bird
(Oct 15 - Dec 17, 2020)
(Dec 18, 2020 - Jan 21, 2021)
(Jan 22 - Feb 25, 2021)
PROFESSIONAL 1st ENTRY $169 $179 $199
ADDITIONAL ENTRY $169 $179 $199

* You may submit an entry into multiple categories at the same time. The first Category will be charged as per the original submission fee. Additional categories (2 or more) will be charged as such.

Rather than increase the fee for each entry, fees are only charged in order to cover administrative costs like printing, mailing and data organization. For this reason, each participant is charged a flat $30 administration fee. When all participants pay the same low fee, those submitting more than one entry will actually pay less than if fees were on a sliding scale.

Work submitted must have been created within the last 5 years.

Prizes and recognition

The Winner of the Packaging Design of the Year award receives a complimentary, limited-edition of the prestigious MUSE statuette and certificate. Winning works will be highlighted on the main page of the MUSE Design Awards website, and published on all of its social media platforms for a full year.

In addition, Platinum, Gold and Silver winners will receive a complimentary certificate, personalized press release, as well as graphic downloads for use in promotions. Winners in these categories may choose to purchase their respective MUSE statuette for a reasonable fee. All winning designs are featured in the MUSE World online media platforms.


Sleek, limited edition statuettes to signify your crowning achievement


Showcase your winning work with a published interview you complete with our convenient release form


Promote your achievement on correspondence, social media, websites, and more


Reputation-building endorsement personalized for you, and suitable for framing


Take your place in our "hall of fame" by adding your name to the pantheon of winners


Build success with promotional coverage on our high-visibility website and press releases

submission details

Submit your entry online in four easy steps:

1. Tap the "Submit Entries" button to register your user name and password. If you are already a member, tap "Log In."

2. Complete the short online entry form. Don't forget you can enter each work in more than one category.

3. Upload your entry (Image, PDF, URL) to the site.

4. Check out to file your entry fees.

Image Limits; Up to ten images in JPEG and one PDF can be uploaded per entry. For easy results, ensure images are formatted as JPEG/PNG, 1000px, and no larger than 4MB. Please save PDFs in "Screen View", limited to 6 pages per entry, or 4MB in size.

Submissions should be as detailed as possible. For example, architectural submissions should include small-scale site plans for context, and images of all sides of the building and its environment. A complex of buildings should include a rendering. Restorations and remodels should include images of the site "before and after."

Submissions can be entered as concepts, completed, or works in process. Completed projects may not be older than five years.

Limit written descriptions of your project to 350 words or less.