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C'mon Australia and NZ – FESPA awards 2019 open for entries

The 28th edition of the FESPA Awards is now open to print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers looking to highlight their outstanding examples of print.

FESPA Gala Night 2018
Fespa Gala Night, 2018

Launched in 1991, the FESPA Awards is the longest running awards event in the speciality print industry, with last year’s awards receiving over 200 entries from 30 countries, which were shortlisted and awarded at the FESPA Gala Night in front of over 300 guests.

Australian and New Zealand companies were shut out of the major awards last year but in 2017 Melbourne’s Omus 3D Print – since acquired by Seen Technology – won the People's Choice of the Year award decided by global online voting.

Quentin King, director of UK-based Harwood King Printmakers, winner of the Gold Award in the Serigraphies and Fine Art category and Best in Show at the FESPA 2018, said the award had benefitted his business in a number of ways. “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.”

The FESPA Awards celebrates exceptional talent within the global speciality print industry across 14 categories:

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 final category is the Young Star Award, which can be entered by those aged 16 to 25 working as a junior employee, trainee or student in any print related discipline. Entrants can enter this award by submitting work in any of the print related categories.

In addition to the 14 categories, entrants will automatically be entered for two further awards:

The People’s Choice Award, which is selected by FESPA’s online community from all entries. (Voting will be open from 4 February to 4 March 2019). 
The Best in Show Award, decided by the FESPA Awards Judges.

Within each print category, there are four sub-categories which applicants can enter: digital printing, screen printing, mixed techniques and non-printed. More information here. 

FESPA Awards 2018
FESPA awards 2018

Early bird and FESPA member rates will be available for entries made before 2 November 2018. After this date, entries will cost €50 ($A81, $NZ88) per entry for members, €100 ($A162, $NZ177) per entry for non-members and €15 ($A24, $NZ26) for trainees and students. Entries to the 2019 awards will close on 25 January 2019.

All shortlisted entries will be displayed at the FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 in Munich, Germany from 14 to 17 May. Winners of the 2019 awards will be announced at the 2019 Gala Dinner, which will take place on Wednesday 15 May in Munich. Tickets for the 2019 Gala Dinner will be available soon.

For more information on the FESPA Awards 2018 and how to participate visit:  

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