The 2013 Premier Print Awards Gala featuring the Intertech Technology Awards and web2awards was held last night at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile to recognize the distinguished winners from some of the graphic communications industry’s most esteemed competitions.
This year, more than 2,800 entries from around the world were submitted for judging in the Premier Print Awards competition. The judges were distinguished industry professionals from the graphic arts community, chosen based on their extensive knowledge of the printing industry and printing process.
The judges dedicated two full days to evaluating the entries and determining which pieces should receive a Premier Print Award—a Best of Category, the highest honor; an Award of Recognition; or a Certificate of Merit. After the judging process was complete, the judges awarded 112 Best of Category awards, 279 Awards of Recognition, and 955 Certificates of Merit.
Those who earned Best of Category awards were honored with the Benny statue at last night’s gala in front of an impressive audience of top industry professionals. The Benny statue is a universally recognized symbol for excellence in printing, and receiving the award is one of the most coveted achievements for any printer.
During the gala, the 2013 Best of Show was announced for the first time, honoring Body of Work of Australia, with this year’s winning piece, titled “Body of Work 2014/15 Calendar”.
“This multiple-piece entry virtually astounded us,” the judges of the 2013 PPA Competition said of the Body of Work 2014/15 Calendar. “It included multiple substrates and printing techniques and all were done in superior performances. It utilized everything from silk material to very thick paper. The screening on the flesh tones was perfect. Though we saw multiple examples of fantastic representation, superior printing, and construction, nothing was a better representation of quality production!”
Also revealed at the gala were the three Best of Show runners-up:
First runner-up—Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited, for “Horizontal Extremities” for its piece in the Art Books (4 or more colors) category.
Second runner-up—Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited, Ltd, for its piece in the Novelty Books category, titled “The Impossible Collection of Cars”.
Third runner-up—Leo Paper Group (Hong Kong) Ltd. of China, for its piece in the Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colors, printers with 20 employees or less) category, titled “Annual Report 2011”.
The Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards were also presented at the gala. These awards are given to the top three companies in the Premier Print Awards competition that have been honored with the most number of combined awards—Best of Category, Award of Recognition, and Certificate of Merit. The Gold prize went to Offset Multicolor S.A. de C.V. of Mexico. Silver went to Artron Enterprise (Group) Limited of China, and the Bronze award went to Leo Paper Products of China.
In addition, recipients of the 2013 InterTech Technology Award and web2awards were announced and presented. The InterTech Technology Awards honor the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact in the printing industry. Eleven recipients of the InterTech Technology Awards were presented with the coveted InterTech Star. The recipients of the 2013 web2awards also received their award at the gala, a stunning crystal statue. The web2awards competition recognizes outstanding print-related websites in the graphic communications industry.
A booklet showcasing all of the entries in the 2013 InterTech Technology Awards competition and a booklet dedicated to the Premier Print Award winners are both available at the Printing Industries of America Booth 4855. The 2013 Awards Gala was a night to remember—a true celebration of print and innovation.