Neenah UnShow Competition

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Voting is now closed and judging will begin soon.


The UnShow competition celebrates all forms of expression on any uncoated paper (not just Neenah). Neenah covers your entry fee to make it FREE for you to enter one or multiple projects. The UnShow web site will be open for public voting, as designers across the world vote for the top 25 entries in each category. These entries will then be submitted to a selected jury of design judges. Two winners in each category will receive $500 in cash and have their image published in HOW Magazine.  In addition, one overall grand prize winner will be selected and receive $1,000 in cash, plus admission to the HOW Design Conference 2013, to be held at the Moscone West in San Francisco, CA, from June 22-26, 2013. After the online voting process has identified the finalists, Neenah’s judging panel will select 2 images to be the contest’s winners in the following categories:


  1. Annual Report/Sustainability Report
  2. Identity
  3. Brochures
  4. Invitations/Cards
  5. Posters
  6. Packaging/Label
  7. Student Work
  8. Miscellaneous


Eligibility and Judging

The Contest is open to ALL individuals at least 18 years of age, except employees of Neenah and the immediate families of such employees. The Contest is open to participants regardless of residence or citizenship, so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation.

To ensure eligibility for the contest, entries must be submitted in pdf or jpg format through the webpage entry form listed above. Images that do not meet this standard may or may not be judged at the judging panel’s sole discretion.

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see “Your Rights” below). You must be able to disclose when and where the image appeared previously to Neenah upon request.

All of the entries will be posted at the Website and will initially be judged by the online voting process detailed on the website.  The top images receiving the most total votes in each category will be selected as finalists.  The finalists in each category will then be judged by a panel of judges selected by Neenah in its sole discretion.  The judges will select the winners in each category and one overall winner.  Judging of the finalists’ images will be determined in Neenah’s sole discretion.  All finalists’ images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit.

Neenah shall determine the winners’ eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by the judges are final.








Aaron Draplin, Owner of Draplin Design Co., Field Notes Co-Founder







Jessica Hische, letterer, illustrator, and self-described “avid internetter”








Bryn Mooth, former editor of HOW Magazine currently focused on food, wellness and design

Important Information

You will retain all rights to any image you submit — including ownership if applicable (any images including a person should include the appropriate release from such person as part of the contest submission). By entering your image in the contest you grant Neenah a nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

  • Publish the image for Neenah’s purposes in any format, including on Neenah’s website and in Neenah’s publications or presentations, such as newsletters, brochures, public service announcements, advertisements, downloads and social media as part of the Contest.
  • Use, in connection with the Contest, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.
  • Keep the files provided, and to archive the image in other electronic form, so that your image can be properly credited and used for the above purposes.

As conditions of this permission, Neenah shall credit all images with the caption “© Person’s Name”

Please download the rules below.  This is the complete set of rules for the contest. By submitting to the contest, all entrants accept that they have read and accepted the complete rules.

 UN Show Contest rules






Check out all 16 winners from our 2012 contest here