NZ Sign Display Awards

The NZSDA runs this flagship event for the Industry.  This is a prestigious national event that recognizes and acknowledges outstanding design and craftsmanship across a broad range of sign-making methods and technologies.  Every year it receives hundreds of online entries from all over New Zealand.

To Acknowledge Excellence is the primary purpose of the NZ Sign Display Awards.  This maxim not only constitutes part of the awards programme logo but also provides the standard by which all entries are judged.  This ensures that the overall level of entries is high and that competition for the gold, silver, and bronze medals is fierce.  Sponsored by many of New Zealand’s leading sign and graphics suppliers, the annual awards dinner and prize-giving is held in various locations throughout New Zealand, reinforcing the event’s national status.

The NZ Sign Display Awards will be held at the Due Drop Event Centre, Auckland, at 6pm, Saturday, 8th July 2023.

Tickets are $250+ GST each or table of 10 for $2,400+GST.
This includes beverages, dinner and entertainment for the evening.

Accommodation is available onsite at the Ramada.
To book your tickets or accommodation, please get intouch with Melissa Coutts here.

To enter the NZ Sign Display Awards please go to our official Awards website at

Supreme Award
Introduced in 2022 and together with our Diamond Sponsor, Cohesive a new award was handed out at the annual NZ Sign Display Awards. This award replaces the Industry Choice Award is the Top Overall Award chosen by the NZ Sign Display Judges and a panel from the Diamond Sponsor, Cohesive.
Cohesive Supreme Award

Notable Awards
Introduced at the 2022 NZ Sign Display Awards and together with key sponsors, Total Supply, PSP Ltd and Roland DG 3 new Notable Awards were handed out, view them below:

The above awards are entered by nomination or entry, depending on the award, and will be awarded to the person/sign business that is most worthy after being considered by the NZSDA Board, the NZ Sign Display Judges, and the Sponsors supporting each award.

Nominations for 2023 are now open. So, if you already know of someone that is deserving of any of these awards, please get intouch with us or the supplier that is sponsoring.  Any questions direct to

Notable Sponsorship Awards Mana Form
Notable Sponsorship Awards_Langstone Form
Notable Sponsorship Awards_Innovation Champion Form

The categories for 2023 have changed, to see what the changes are view the highlighted text in yellow in the document below.  A quick reference guide to the changes follows:

+ Wayfinding and Navigation Category has been reinstated
+ Shop Fronts is a NEW Category
+ Traditional Handcrafted Signs and Murals & Illustrations have been combined into one category
+ 3D Modelling and Dimensional Signage have been combined into one category
+Illuminated Signs allows for ALL illuminated signage including dimensional.
+Corporate Brand – Interpretation and Delivery criteria has changed.
Check out more details here Award Categories NEW 2023

Award Entry Reminder

Please read the rules!  To avoid instant disqualification read the rules to give your entry the best possible chance.  The Rules are available below.
The Rules

Tips for Entries
To give your entry the best possible chance make sure you read our tips and tricks on taking the best shot/s to display your project at its best.  This may mean day and night photos or close-up shots to show detail.
Quick Tips and Tricks.

Have we answered your question? 
If we haven’t answered your query, get in touch by emailing us here or view our Frequently Asked Questions HERE

Past Winners
To view, past winners of the Awards of Excellence see the NZSDA Awards website HERE

Location for NZ Sign Display Awards 2023
Due Drop Event Centre, Auckland | Saturday, 8 July 2023
5.45pm – 6.30pm Pre-dinner drinks
6.30pm – 12.30am Awards Presentation

Accommodation is available at the Ramada onsite.  For bookings contact Melissa.

Dress Code:
The dress code is outlined below.  This year we have a strict policy on wearing the right gear.  Suppliers that invite guests to their tables please ensure that they are dressed appropriately to avoid no entry on the evening.   We cannot stress enough the importance that both our sponsors and ourselves can continue to be able to bring and maintain highly professional events.  Security will be present at entry and tickets will be collected.

Acceptable Dress Wear:
Compulsory:  Collared shirt, dress pants, and dress shoes
Optional:        Tie, jacket, or waist jackets

Compulsory:   Cocktail dress or outfit with court shoes

Not Acceptable:

Sneakers or trainers, jeans or any industrial workwear (i.e. cargo /drill pants, cargo shirts etc)