Print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers can now enter the 28th edition of the FESPA Awards. Launched in 1991, the FESPA Awards is the longest running awards in the speciality print industry. Last year the awards received over 200 entries from 30 countries.
Quentin King, Director of UK company, Harwood King Printmakers, who won the Gold Award in the Serigraphies and Fine Art category and Best in Show at the FESPA Awards 2018: “Since winning a FESPA Award we have seen a number of benefits. Our employees feel more pride in their work and have become more diligent when problem solving, which has led to enhanced client satisfaction and additional confidence for new clients. As a team we are more determined than ever to produce the best products using the latest techniques for our customers.”
There are fourteen print categories. Within each print category, there are four sub-categories, namely digital printing, screen printing, mixed techniques and non-printed. The print related categories are:
- Display and Packaging on Paper and Board
- Display and Packaging on Plastic – Point of Purchase
- Serigraphies and Fine Art
- Decals and Printed Labels
- Creative Special Effects – Paper Board and Plastics
- Special Effects on T-shirts, Garments and Other Textiles
- Printed Garments
- Roll-to-Roll Printed Textiles
- Glass, Ceramic, Metal and Wood Products
- Direct Printing on Three Dimensional Products
- Non-Printed Signage
- Functional Printing – Fascias, Dials, Name plates
The Young Star Award
The fourteenth category is the Young Star Award for those aged 16 to 25 working as a junior employee, trainee or student in any print related discipline. They can enter this award by submitting work in any of the print related categories. This year FESPA has introduced two sub-categories for the Young Star Award. These are vocational trainee in digital or screen printing, this includes apprentices or interns that have been on placement for more than 12 months, endorsed by their manager. And Design student for digital or screen printing endorsed by their educational establishment.
In addition to the 14 categories, entrants will automatically be entered for two further awards. FESPA’s online community can vote for the People’s Choice Award. Voting will be open from 4 February to 4 March 2019. The FESPA Awards Judges will decide who will win the Best in Show Award.