Future of cartonboard ‘in good hands’ as student awards shortlist is revealed

PRO Carton has announced that voting for the Public Award category in this year’s Pro Carton Young Designers Award and Pro Carton Student Video Award is now open.

24 carton packaging concepts, designed by students at universities from across Europe, have been shortlisted for this year’s Young Designers Award – sponsored by Turkish packaging designer Duran Dogan and cartonboard producer Kartonsan. Eight videos have been shortlisted for the Student Video Award.

Together, more than 850 entries were received. The judging panel for the Young Designers Award comprised Satkar Gidda (former sales and marketing director of SiebertHead), Sanjeev Das (Unilever’s global packaging director in the foods and ice cream business), Alican Duran (MD of Duran Dogan and chairman of KASAD), and Kemal Ozkirim (marketing manager of Kartonsan).

The shortlist for the Student Video Award was selected by Simon Bolton (who sits on the boards of EVERLAND, Kontrapunkt, and Kapero), Bady Minck (award-winning film director and producer), and Winfried Muehling (head of marketing and communications at Pro Carton).

Industry professionals, academics and the general public can now cast their votes for their favourite projects.

The winners will be revealed at a gala ceremony in Seville, Spain on 21 September, together with the winners of other award categories and the European Carton Excellence Award.

Winfried Muehling, head of marketing & communications at Pro Carton, said, “The quality of the entries into both the Pro Carton Young Designers Award and Pro Carton Student Video Award demonstrates that the future of our industry is in good hands. The judges for the former award – who represent the entire cartonboard value chain – found it extremely difficult to select a shortlist.

“Indeed, a number of designers created novel and functional packs that could go on to be used commercially. And the videos we received showed great skills of storytelling, using creative techniques to promote Pro Carton’s key messages about cartonboard.”

Voting is open until midnight on 15 August 2023. For more information visit the Pro Carton Young Designers Award Public Award and Pro Carton Student Video Award Public Award.