St Croix Press

Design Categories

(ALL PUBLICATIONS & CIRCULATIONS)

Design entries will be judged on layout and composition, use of illustrations or photos, typography, image quality, originality and effectiveness in helping the article or publication convey its message. See specific categories for additional criteria. All design categories will be judged through the digital online entry system. Physical copies are not required for any design category.


Overall Design

Criteria: This entry should demonstrate not only how the publication’s design and graphic elements flow together to create a consistent, inviting and stimulating overall look, but also how effective graphic design enhances the value of the information. 
Limitations: One entry per publication.
Submit: Three high-res PDFs of three different issues. One full-color JPG/PNG for Gala



Cover Design

Criteria: This entry should represent the best use of design, typography, information and photo or illustration to both entice the reader into the issue and reflect the publication’s mission. 
Limitations: Publications may enter this category multiple times.
Submit: One high-res PDF of entry only AND full-color JPG/PNG for Gala
 



Typography

Criteria: This entry will demonstrate skillful design expression through typography. Entries will demonstrate the use of typography to reinforce and illustrate the editorial intent while communicating the content clearly. Typography will be judged for full article, not just headline or title treatment. 
Limitations: Publications may enter this category multiple times.
Submit: One high-res PDF of entry only AND full-color JPG/PNG for Gala
 



Single Page or Spread Design

Criteria: This entry will be a well-designed example of a one- or two-page design. A successful design will have a clear point of entry (a focal point) and visual elements that strengthen and clarify the editorial content. The entry may open an article or be an interior page. This category is not judged on an entire article; it will be judged as a standalone spread or one page. 
Limitations: Publications may enter this category multiple times.
Note: Do not submit an entire article only upload the single page or spread.
Submit: One high-res PDF of the entry only AND full-color JPG/PNG for Gala
 



Feature Design

Criteria: This entry will demonstrate the skillful design of an entire magazine feature. Judges will take into account how the design elements (typography, images, color, layout, callouts, sidebars, etc.) combine to communicate the meaning of the story. 
Limitations: Publications may enter this category multiple times.
Submit: One high-res PDF of the entry only AND full-color JPG/PNG for Gala
 



*NEW* BEST USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Criteria: This entry is for the use of original photography for digital or print use. All photos must accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared in the viewfinder. Normal processing of RAW image files and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable, as is minimal cropping. HDR and focus stacking are permitted as long as all manipulation is disclosed upon entry. Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person.
Limitations: Publishers may enter this category up to three (3) times.
Submit: Save photos as low-resolution RGB ".jpg" files that are no smaller than 500KB at 72ppi. Sizes will vary and should be about 1000-2000 pixels on the longest side. Submit one PDF representation of the entry for use in awards presentation.