About the Showcase Award

Visual Media Alliance invites you to participate in the 19th 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 2016 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 2016
Showcase Entry System Opens
Start submitting your entries via PDF form remitted to Laura@VMA.bz.

APRIL 8, 2016
Extnded Entry Deadline
Don’t miss your chance to enter this fierce competition.

APRIL 2016
Judging of entries by our seasoned panel of judges.

MID-APRIL 2016
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 2016
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.

JUNE 9, 2016
Showcase Awards Ceremony
This is your time to shine! Accept your awards and celebrate your success during the 2016 SF Design Week and during the VMA Design Conference re:think 2016.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2016
Deadline to RSVP to attend the 2016 Premier Print Awards Gala featuring the InterTech Technology Awards in Orlando, FL.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
Awards Gala
Accept your award and bring your clients to the 2016 Premier Print Awards Gala featuring the InterTech Technology Awards held in Orlando, FL.

2016 Showcase Awards Luncheon

June 9, 2016 • The Midway, San Francisco
Main Entrance on Illinois, between Marin & Cesar Chavez

About the Awards Luncheon

This year’s Showcase Awards Luncheon will be held as an official SF Design Week event during the VMA Design Conference re:think 2016. Tickets for the event can be purchased either as a Full-Day Conference Pass or the Showcase Awards Luncheon only.

re:think 2016
Registration [8:30am-9:00am]
Check in and receive your welcome package

Conference [9:00am-5:00pm]
This single-track conference includes over 10 intriguing speakers from diverse backgrounds presenting innovative ideas back-to-back.

Showcase Awards Luncheon [12:00pm-2:00pm]
Discover the gold, silver and bronze winners and view the works of the gold winners over a sit-down lunch. Special awards are presented on-stage for gold entries that are stand-out pieces selected by our panelist of judges.

Evening Reception [5:00pm-7:00pm]
The evening reception includes networking, meeting with exhibitors over refreshments and hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes.

VMA Showcase Awards Luncheon

Attend the VMA Showcase Awards Luncheon and discover the best in print and design in Northern California. An awards presentation will honor those recipients who have been carefully selected by our judges from the gold winners for their outstanding work in the following categories: Best of Category, Grand Awards, and the highest honor, the Best of Show in Print and Best of Show in Design.  All winning gold entries will be exhibited for you to view and interact with. Come meet these award-winners at the event and get connected to great ideas and resources for your next project.

Full-Day Conference re:think 2016

Hear innovative ideas on all things design from our speakers during the full-day VMA Design Conference, re:think 2016. Included with the full-day conference ticket you can enjoy the VMA Showcase Awards luncheon where you will see the winning gold entries first-hand and discover the best of the best selected from the following categories: Best of Category, Grand Awards and the highest honor, the Best of Show. An evening networking party is held after the seminar sessions where you can network and meet with other like-minded people and great exhibitors.