Print service providers looking to showcase the best of their print and sign-making talents have just over one month left to enter the FESPA Awards 2018.
The FESPA Awards is an independent print industry awards programme that celebrates the achievements and exceptional work created by print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers worldwide. There are 14 categories:
- Point of purchase products – printing on paper & board, sponsored by efi
- Point of purchase products – printed on all types of plastics
- Posters, single sheets & multi-sheets
- Original serigraphies and giclees and fine art reproductions
- Decals, printed labels, fleet marking, window decals etc
- Special effect
- Special effect on t-shirts and other garments
- T-shirts and other garments
- Roll-to-roll printed textile
- Glass, ceramic, metal and wood products
- Printing on 3D products
- Non-printed signage
- Young star – for entrants aged 15 – 25 working as a junior employee or student in any print related discipline
Each category can be entered using four processes: digital printing only, screen printing only, mixed techniques and non-printed. For more information on all the Awards categories visit: www.fespaawards.com/categories. Outside the 14 categories, there are two other Awards, which cannot be entered directly.
The People’s Choice Award is selected from all Award entries by FESPA’s online community. Entries will be hosted in an online gallery between the 5th February and 5th March 2018 for public voting. The Best in Show Award is chosen from all categories, with the Awards judges selecting the most outstanding overall entry.
UK company PressOn has been a FESPA Awards winner in 2015, 2016 and 2017. PressOn joint managing director Andy Wilson commented: “Winning a FESPA Award has boosted our credibility and visibility, both internally with staff and externally. It has had a big effect on staff morale.”
“When we carry out prestigious projects such as wrapping buildings, we sometimes take for granted the impact of our work. Winning this prize shows true recognition from industry peers and reinforces the quality of our work.”
Andy continues: “The increased awareness of our brand following the recognition at the Awards for our Dazzle Ship project (2015) has opened many doors for us. We’d estimate around 40% of the new contacts we have made since 2015 stem directly from links made at FESPA 2015 and the FESPA Awards.”
Last year’s Young Star Award was presented to Sandra Zomer from the Netherlands for her entry, entitled “Illusive Mind”. Sandra comments: “Winning the Young Star Award put me in contact with inspiring companies in the digital print sector and helped me to acquire some exciting upcoming collaborations. These relationships will make it possible to reach a broader audience with my designs and ideas, and will give me opportunities to try out new printing techniques.”
The deadline to enter the Awards is Friday 26th January 2018. The entries will then be shortlisted by the Awards Judges and showcased at FESPA 2018 Global Print Expo in Berlin, Germany from 15th to 18th May 2018. Award winners will be announced at the FESPA Gala Night which will take place on Wednesday 16th May 2018, during FESPA 2018.
During the month of December, PSPs can benefit from discounted entry prices; for more information visit www.fespaawards.com.