FESPA Searching For Innovative Projects In The Print Industry


FESPA has called for entries for its 2016 Awards, marking the start of its search for pioneering and innovative projects in the print industry. FESPA's annual Awards programme celebrates the achievements of print service providers globally, aiming to find the brightest and best print projects, demonstrating real innovation and precision. Printers from Africa are encouraged to enter. 

This year, the global competition consists of 15 categories covering a variety of application themes including: in-store, fine art print decals, outdoor and vehicle decoration, special effect print, garment and wearables, interior decoration and industrial and functional printing. There's also a brand new category for non-printed signage.

Each category can be entered using either a digital print process, screen print process or a combination of any print processes. Outside of the application-led categories, there are three separate awards: Young Star, Best in Show and People's Choice.

The Young Star award is open to an employee or student in a print related discipline aged between 16 and 25. Best in Show is decided by the judges, across all the shortlisted entries, for the piece of work that offers the most outstanding example of print. The People's Choice award is voted for online by the FESPA community. Voting will open on 15 February 2016.

FESPA has long been a champion of printers and young designers and this Awards programme is an opportunity to showcase some of the world's most exciting print creations.

All shortlisted entries will also be exhibited at the RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands, during FESPA Digital 2016 from 8-11th March. The winners will be announced in front of an elite audience of global industry experts at FESPA's Gala Night on 9 March at the historic Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam.

Duncan MacOwan, Head of Events FESPA said, 'I am pleased to announce FESPA is again looking for ambitious printers to compete for the now annual FESPA Global Awards.'

'This is the 33rd year we have run the competition and expect the calibre of entries to be just as great, if not greater, than in 2015. Print service providers are the life-blood of the print industry, and I look forward to meeting the finalists, and congratulating the winners, at FESPA's Gala Dinner.

'The FESPA Awards are a great way to showcase the success and creativity of print across digital, screen and textile disciplines. It is a platform to inspire our global print community and to motivate other printers to push the boundaries of print.

'Winning a FESPA Award offers significant credibility to a print business providing the perfect platform to showcase their skill and expertise, which enables printers to instil confidence in their customers and support new business ventures.

'Last year's FESPA Best in Show winner, the Markthallen-Rotterdam from TS Visuals, was a prime example of this kind of innovation. The larger-than-life mural conveys the desired effect using Valspar's coatings and a sublimation printing process on 4000 perforated aluminium panels.'

The FESPA Awards judges were similarly impressed by the creativity and technical excellence of the print. Josep Tobella commented, 'TS Visuals' project is a novelty of creative cooperation. The uniqueness of the application is a major drive for this technique fulfilling customer needs. It's a true proof that design creation in solid partnership with technology can reproduce almost unlimited ideas.'

Entrants have until the 29th January 2016 to submit their work, which will be judged by an independent panel of global industry experts.

South African printing companies can drop off their entries at the Printing SA (member of FESPA) and Practical Publishing offices by 29 January 2016 and they will courier your entry.

Addresses for entries:

Johannesburg entries: 
– Practical Publishing: 19 Kloof Road, Shop 5, The Kloof Mall, Bedfordview, 2008.
– Printing SA Central Chamber: 575 Lupton Drive, Midrand, 1682.

Cape Town entries: 
Printing SA Cape Chamber: Block A, Unit 8, N1 City Mews, Goodwood, Cape Town.

Durban entries: 
Printing SA KZN Chamber, Unit 2, Afriscan Park, 21 Qashana Khuzwayo Road, New Germany, KwaZulu–Natal. 

For further enquiries contact Zama Zulu at Printing SA on (+27 11) 287 1160.

Nigeria entries

DCS Integrated Media Limited (Publishers of Printers Digest)

44 Abeokuta Street, Anifowoshe-Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. Please contact Norah on +234 09096135149 or email Dcsintegratedmedia@yahoo.com.

WHERE To Print magazine published by NUMBERS CMYK LIMITED (RC 728214)

3 Olowologbon Street (1st Story Building on the left – upstairs), Akowonjo, Lagos, Nigeria 2341. Please contact Joju on wheretoprint@yahoo.com.

Start thinking about what categories you can enter today. Download the entry form below or click here.

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