About the Showcase Awards

Visual Media Alliance invites you to participate in the 21st Annual VMA Showcase Awards. Since 1997, the VMA Showcase Awards is recognized as one of the most prestigious symbols of printing and design excellence throughout Northern California.

Receiving this prestigious accolade will show your customers that you are among an elite in the industry. Your employees can feel proud knowing they do exceptional work for a highly regarded company. A Showcase Award is one of the most powerful promotional tools your business can have to brag about your customers, your employees, and your company. When you participate, you separate yourself from the rest!

Benefits of Winning

  • Increased name recognition in the industry and with potential clients.
  • Gold Award winners in the print or new media categories receive a free entry of their winning piece into PIA National’s Premier Print Awards, an international competition to covet the highest honor, the “Benny.” Winners reap additional benefits of company exposure internationally!
  • News media exposure through Visual Media Alliance, Printing Industries of America and more.
  • Recognition of winners via the Visual Media Alliance (vma.bz) and Showcase (showcase.vma.bz) websites.
  • Additional recognition of winners through the following mediums:
    • Storyboard Magazine: Quarterly printed magazine showcasing the best cross-media projects.
    • VisualMedia Guide: Annual printed directory delivered to over 7,000 creative and print firms in Northern California.
    • Connected: VMA’s quarterly mailed newsletter to members about the latest news in the industry.
    • VMA’s Digest and eDigest: a monthly mailed newsletter and email newsletter eblasted bi-weekly
  • Winners will have exclusive use of Showcase Awards logo for your stationery and collateral material.
  • Gold, silver, bronze, and special award winners will receive a beautifully framed certificates. Duplicate certificates with and without frames are available to order to share with clients or employees.
  • Custom metal-print awards for superb winning entries selected by judges.
  • Ability to order duplicate certificates and metal-print awards for your clients or employees honoring achievements of a great partnership.

Four Easy Steps to Enter

  • Step 2: Pack Your Entries Following Submission Specs

    The pieces you submit should be free of obvious imperfections and should be packed correctly. Place each entry their own plastic sleeve with the entry form (do not adhere, affix, shrinkwrap directly onto entry). Read guidelines here.

    Note: All entries become the property of Visual Media Alliance and are not returnable. Entry constitutes approval for promotional use by VMA, Showcase and Premier Print Awards.

  • Step 3: Ship your Entries, Entry Form and Payment

    Mail your entry, including payment to:
    Visual Media Alliance
    c/o VMA Showcase Awards
    665 Third Street, Suite 500
    San Francisco, CA 94107

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 1, 2018
Showcase Entry System Opens
Start submitting your entries via PDF form (here) and remit to Laura@VMA.bz.

MARCH 30, 2018
Entry Deadline
Don’t miss your chance to enter this fierce competition.

APRIL 2018
Judging of entries by our seasoned panel of judges.

MAY 31, 2018
Winners and Non-Winners Notified
All participants will be notified via phone and email. Make sure you and your clients RSVP for the Showcase Awards Ceremony.

MAY 2018
Winning Print Entries will be Forwarded to the National Competition
All gold entries entered in the print category will be forwarded to the Premier Print Awards to covet the “Benny” award. This competition is held by the Printing Industries of America.

AUGUST 16, 2018
Showcase Awards Reception
Celebrate the winning entries of the 21st Annual VMA Showcase Awards. Take this opportunity to entertain your clients to cocktails and dinner and celebrate your work! Awards will be presented for Grand Awards and Best of Show for Print and Design. Gold Award winning entries will be on display.