NZ Sign and Display Awards of Excellence

The flagship event for the NZSDA is the annual NZ Sign and Display Awards.  This prestigious national event 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 and 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 are held in various locations throughout New Zealand, reinforcing the event’s national status.

To enter the NZ Sign and Display Awards please go to our official Awards website at  Entries are closed for 2022, please look out for updates for the opening of the awards website for the NZ Sign Display Awards 2023.

To find out what categories are available and how they are judged in 2022 Award Classes and Entries 2022

These categories and criteria are subject to change for 2023.

Diamond Sponsor Supreme Award
Introduced in 2022 together with our Diamond Sponsor, Cohesive we have created a new award to be handed out at the annual NZ Sign Display Awards. For more information on how and who will judge this award see the files below.  Furthermore, if you have any questions, just get intouch with us on 0800 0800 52.  Cohesive Supreme Award

Notable Awards
Introduced at the 2022 NZ Sign Display Awards the NZSDA together with key sponsors, Total Supply, PSP Ltd and Roland DG have introduced 3 new Notable Awards below:

These awards will be 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 2022 are closed. Keep an eye out for updates as to when nominations are open for 2023.  Any questions to be directed to

Mana Influencer Nomination Form
Keith Langstone Highflyer Nomination Form
Innovation Champion Nomination Form

Award Entry Reminder
Please read the rules!  To avoid instant disqualified read the rules to give your entry the best possible chance.  The Rules are available to read here.  The Rules_2022

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.

Auckland | Dates TBC
5.30pm – 6.30pm Pre-dinner drinks
6.30pm – 12.30am Awards Presentation

More details to come.

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)