The objective of The Cans of the Year Awards is to focus on the best in metal packaging (aluminium or steel). While it is acceptable for entries to include materials other than metal in their construction, each entry must be manufactured primarily from metal.
We want all can and end makers to be part of this celebration so, no matter what your involvement with metal packaging, there will almost certainly be an award category that recognises your company’s products and achievements.
Thanks to the continued sponsorship of The Canmaker magazine there is no charge to enter, and therefore no need to restrict the number of entries that you submit.
A metal container that holds a substance under pressure and is released by a fine spray such as deodorant, hairspray, furniture polish etc.
A metal two-piece beverage can holding liquids such as carbonated soft drinks, water, beer, wine, tea, fruit juices etc.
A metal three-piece beverage container holding liquids such as fruit juices, cider, beer, coffee etc.
A metal bottle holding liquid such as water, wine, cider, beer, energy drinks etc.
Decoration & Print Quality*
All qualifying cans from other categories will be considered by the judges for the decoration & print quality award
Ends, Caps & Closures
All types of metal closures including crown cap, twist-off closure and easy-open-end. As this award relates only to the end, cap or closure, it is permissible for the packaging on which it is used to be made from materials other than metal.
Metal packaging where the design and/or shape is a key feature used to enhance products such as biscuits, chocolates, champagne bottles, gifts etc.
A metal two-piece can used as a container for wet and dry food products such as fish, vegetables, meat, fruit, spices etc.
A metal three-piece can used as a container for wet and dry food products such as soup, oil, nuts, tea leaves, coffee granules etc.
A metal container for non-food products such as car wax, shoe polish, engine oil, paint, etc.
Any type of metal can or closure that is not in commercial production.
All qualifying cans from other categories will be considered by the judges for the sustainability award.
* Note – No entries should be submitted for the Decoration & Print Quality or the Sustainability categories. All qualifying entries from the other categories will be entered automatically into these awards. If you think that your entry should be considered for these categories, you should outline any special features in the notes that accompany your submission.
The judges reserve the right to give a special award to any entry that they consider exhibits exceptional features that are not recognised by any of the above categories.