BRAND NEW FOR 2019 - An external assessment, providing an honest opinion, with actionable feedback.

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Pentawards, for the first time, will provide all participants with feedback, in the form of a Pentawards Excellence Score. The score will be based on the jury’s verdict of the entry, in relation to the four aspects of the judging criteria - quality of design, brand expression, creativity & innovation and emotional connection. Each element will be scored out of five, allowing entrants to identify areas for improvement as well as areas of success. In round one, the maximum score is twenty, with the top five scoring entries being shortlisted for round two. Additional Excellence Points will then be awarded in round two, depending on the jury’s final verdict.

Adam Ryan, the Head of Pentawards, comments: “Pentawards is highly regarded all over the world, with us receiving over 2312 entries from 54 countries in 2018. We also have 15 of the world’s most respected packaging design and innovation talents judging the awards. It seems only right that those entering get the clearest possible sense of what the judges thought of their packaging – what they loved and the areas where they felt improvements could be made. Actionable, tailored insights like these will be invaluable for packaging designers keen to take their work to the next level.”

The average Excellence Scores, broken down by sub-category, will be released in September, at the same time as the bronze, silver, gold and platinum winners. This means Pentawards entrants will also be able to gauge how close they came to winning one of these top positions and how their work compares on a global stage. This external appraisal and assessment are part of why Pentawards has enjoyed such long running success, as it enters its 13th year. The addition of the Pentawards Excellence Scores adds a further gravitas to this process. Oliver Montiel and Olmo Garcia at The Bold Studio, the 2019 Platinum Award winner, in the ‘Other Markets’ category, for its work on Gatuna, comments: “The most important reason why we took part in the competition was to have our ideas evaluated by an external agent.”

Ryan concludes: “This is a big year for Pentawards, with a new President a new website and now the introduction of the Excellence Scores. As with any successful organisation, we are always striving to add value to our customers and community, and this year we think we have done just that. We are excited to see this year’s entries and can’t wait to celebrate the world’s best packaging design at the Gala Ceremony in London this September.