Who may enter?

  • Anyone may enter, however in all cases the converter and the brand owner must indicate their consent and confirmation of all the details submitted.
  • The packaging entered must have been converted in any country in Africa. In the category of "Packaging Related" the entry must be in use or installed in any country in Africa.
  • The local input will dominate the judges' decisions.
  • The entry must have been in use or on sale prior to the closing date.
  • Entries that have previously won any IPSA GOLD PACK or APO AFRISTAR Award are not eligible.


A GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE medal will be awarded in each of the categories, which are aligned to the product categories used in the international awards. If any category receives a disproportionate amount of entries, the judges may split the category. For example Beverages may be split into Alcoholic Beverages and Non-Alcoholic Beverages.

  • Beverages
  • Food
  • Household including domestic goods, hardware, appliances and automotive products
  • Health, Beauty, Medical & Pharmaceutical
  • Transit, Secondary Packaging & Industrial Electronics and Appliances
  • Packaging Related including components, materials, machinery, processes, supplies and point-of-sale displays.

  • AfriStar (Two parts - Best packaging produced in South Africa for Africa and also packaging produced in Africa but not in South Africa)

Substrate Awards: GOLD medals will be awarded to the best entries across each the major substrates. The most dominate substrate of the total pack will detremine the substrate category. If only one specific part of a pack is the entry, it should be entered as a component (in the "packaging related' category). 

  • Best Glass Pack.
  • Best Paper or Board Pack
  • Best Plastic Rigid or flexible
  • Best Metal Pack

Special Awards:  GOLD medals may be awarded to packs deserving unique recognition such as -

  • Save Food (see the criteria for the Save Food award in the "Tips" / "Useful hints to be a Winner" section)
  • African Innovation could be awarded to a packaging innovation with major local creative and technological input
  • African Legend Pack could be awarded to a pack that has had a significant impact on the African packaging industry in the past
  • Judges' Special Medals Awarded to any entries that may deserve recognition for special features.

A floating trophy awarded to the ultimate winning pack

Only the top ranked entry in each category will receive a GOLD medal. SILVER and BRONZE medals will be awarded to the entries placed second and third. 

Each category will have FINALISTS, from which the medal winners will be awarded. The FINALISTS that do not win GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE medals will receive FINALIST MEDALS, which will be distributed on the evening after the awards ceremony. All the FINALISTS and MEDAL WINNERS will be eligible for entry into the WPO WorldStar awards subject to the completion of the relevant entry form and payment of fees. 


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