SUBMISSIONS OPEN JUNE 30TH

VINYL CATEGORIES

RECORD
STORE DAY

Recognizes the best designed album that was exclusively released for Record Store Day 2018.

THEY SAID
IT COULDN’T BE DONE

Recognizes innovation in structural design that takes into account the use of new machinery or materials or folds or printing processes that stretches the boundaries of album packaging that previously existed.

SAVE
THE EARTH

Recognizes innovations in sustainability in that the package itself utilized environmentally sound (e.g., 100% recyclable paper, special links) materials and practices.

BEST VINYL BOX SET
(at least 3 records)

Recognizes the quality of the box itself, as well as booklets, posters, inner sleeves, etc., and how all the elements fit together aesthetically.

THE ALEX STEINWEISS
AWARD (Best in Show)

Recognizing the best overall vinyl package, includes total presentation (cover design, front & back; printing; interior; extras such as booklet; label on record, etc.; entry can be a single LP or a boxed set).

BEST VINYL
GATEFOLD

Judging aesthetics of the spread’s multiple panels, including inside graphic design, quality of photography and/or illustration (2 or more).

BEST VINYL ALBUM
COVER (Illustrated)

Recognizing covers adorned by an original painting, illustration or graphic design either newly created or repurposed (i.e., vintage).

BEST VINYL ALBUM
COVER (Photograph)

Recognizing covers adorned by black & white or color photo; new or vintage that exemplifies visually the art form of photography but adapted for the 12-inch x 12-inch canvas.

BEST VINYL
ALBUM REISSUE

Recognizing sellar packaging of “classic” album that improves on the original, and record must have been re-released on vinyl within the past year by Aug, 31, 2018.

BEST 45-RPM
SINGLE COVER

Recognizing stellar 7-inch packaging that takes into the cover, the single’s inner label, coating of the outer package’s paper, etc.

BEST RECORD ART
(LP size)

Recognizing what’s on the actual vinyl itself, not package (e.g., colors, designs and/or patterns) and giving credit to the press technician responsible.

BEST PICTURE
DISC

Recognizing records that appear to have pictures, images, or graphics on their playing surface.

CD CATEGORIES

THEY SAID IT
COULDN’T BE DONE CD

Recognizes innovation in structural design that takes into account the use of new machinery or materials or folds or printing processes that stretches the boundaries of album packaging that previously existed.

BEST CD
BOX SET
(at least 3 CDs)

Recognizes the quality of the box itself, as well as booklets, posters, inner sleeves, etc., and how all the elements fit together aesthetically.

Recognizes the best designed album that was exclusively released for Record Store Day 2018.

Recognizes innovation in structural design that takes into account the use of new machinery or materials or folds or printing processes that stretches the boundaries of album packaging that previously existed.

Recognizes innovations in sustainability in that the package itself utilized environmentally sound (e.g., 100% recyclable paper, special links) materials and practices.

Recognizes the quality of the box itself, as well as booklets, posters, inner sleeves, etc., and how all the elements fit together aesthetically.

Recognizing the best overall vinyl package, includes total presentation (cover design, front & back; printing; interior; extras such as booklet; label on record, etc.; entry can be a single LP or a boxed set).

Judging aesthetics of the spread’s multiple panels, including inside graphic design, quality of photography and/or illustration (2 or more).

Recognizing covers adorned by an original painting, illustration or graphic design either newly created or repurposed (i.e., vintage).

Recognizing covers adorned by black & white or color photo; new or vintage that exemplifies visually the art form of photography but adapted for the 12-inch x 12-inch canvas.

Recognizing sellar packaging of “classic” album that improves on the original, and record must have been re-released on vinyl within the past year by Aug, 31, 2018.

Recognizing stellar 7-inch packaging that takes into the cover, the single’s inner label, coating of the outer package’s paper, etc.

Recognizing what’s on the actual vinyl itself, not package (e.g., colors, designs and/or patterns) and giving credit to the press technician responsible.

Recognizing records that appear to have pictures, images, or graphics on their playing surface.

Recognizes innovation in structural design that takes into account the use of new machinery or materials or folds or printing processes that stretches the boundaries of album packaging that previously existed.

Recognizes the quality of the box itself, as well as booklets, posters, inner sleeves, etc., and how all the elements fit together aesthetically.