New for 2018, the Best of Canada’s Sign Industry Competition honours the top work of sign companies and related organizations across the country, in order to celebrate excellence in the Canadian sign industry.


The competition is open to the national sign industry. Projects submitted for this year’s edition must have been completed and installed in Canada between April 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018.

Signs will be honoured in the following categories, regardless of their specific manufacturing/fabrication method:

Building Signage
    • All building identification signs, including awnings and canopies.

Commercial Tenant Signs

Digital Signage
    • LCDs, LED or OLED screens, dynamic projections, etc.
    • 3D Robotic

Display Graphics
    • Banners, fabric graphics, inflatables, etc.

Fascia Signs/Channel Letters

Free Standing Signage
    • Monument, pylon, post, etc.

Historic Signage
    • Restoration, and refurbishing.

Illuminated Signage
    • Neon, LED, fluorescent, etc.

Out-of-home Media
    • Billboards, transit ads, posters, etc.

Sign Systems*
    • Wayfinding, commercial systems, etc., comprising at least three signs.
    • Environmental, ADA, or safety.
*Consider submitting a photo compilation (in one photo) to demonstrate the functionality of how the system works.

Unique Signs
    • Special projects outside the other categories.
    • Unusual, or unique.

Vehicle Graphics
    • Wraps, decals, pinstriping, etc.

How to enter
For each submission, you will need to complete an entry form and provide two or more photos of the sign project, taken at different distances and angles.

There is no charge and you may enter multiple projects in the competition. All materials submitted become the property of both Sign Media Canada and the Sign Association of Canada, including rights for reproduction.

Photo requirements
Acceptable digital images are those that are minimum 300 dpi in resolution, large enough for layout (minimum 4 x 6 inches or 1,200 x 1,800 pixels) and formatted as .jpg or .png files. Vertically oriented photos that are at least 9 x 12 inches may be considered for cover use in Sign Media Canada. No low-resolution files will be accepted.

Judging and awards
Competition entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts jointly appointed by the Sign Association of Canada and Sign Media Canada. They collectively determine first, second and third place for all categories based on their respective merits. The highest score overall will win a special “Best in Show” award irrespective of category.  The winners will be announced at the Best of Canada’s Sign Industry awards evening during Sign Expo Canada 2018, and their entries will be featured in the November 2018 issue of Sign Media Canada.

Judging Criteria includes:


1-10 points


1-10 points


1-10 points


1-10 points

Design Suitability

1-10 points


Maximum Score:

50 points

Deadline for entries: July 27, 2018

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