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The SGIA is accepting submissions from its members for the 2019 Golden Image Competition, which recognizes the best in printing across 53 categories. All entries will be displayed and judged in the Golden Image Gallery at PRINTING United, the latest iteration of the SGIA Expo, produced by SGIA and NAPCO Media and coming to Dallas, USA from October 23 – 25.

“The Golden Image Competition is showcases printing excellence across a wide range of applications,” said Johnny Shell, Vice President, Print Technology & Training, SGIA. “It’s a chance for our members to put their best work in front of thousands in the industry and potentially share their accolades with their customers.”

A group of volunteer industry expert judges will award gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention for each category, with gold level winners then considered for one of the four “Best of Show” category honors: Apparel, Creativity, Digital and Graphic. All entries are eligible for the “People’s Choice” Award, voted on by PRINTING United attendees.

Shell encourages all SGIA printer members to enter the competition. “It’s not about the most complex print, it’s about the perfectly executed print,” he said. “The competition ends up being a lot closer than you might think, with only a few points separating most of the entries in a category.”

“We’ve loved showcasing our work at the SGIA Expo, and hope to continue to do so at PRINTING United, because it gives our industry an opportunity to see why we take pride in our work,” said Tonja Griffin, General Manager/Digital, Mountain Commercial Graphics, whose “Houston Dash Train” image won “Best of Show–Digital” in 2018. “It gives recognition to not only Mountain Commercial Graphics, but also our customer, the material manufacturer, the RIP software developer and our print equipment manufacturer. This is a great marketing tool for every aspect of the award-winning image.”

Participants’ first entries are free, then $30 each. During the online submission process, participants receive an information kit outlining any additional required information and material shipping instructions. Entries must arrive at the official SGIA depository by October 17. You can find the PRINTING United show preview in our next issue that will appear 17 September.