FESPA's inaugural Hall of Fame, intended to be the 'who's who' of the leading lights in the print community from all over the world, has had over 300 nominations across 37 countries to date. FESPA is inviting everyone to vote for the opportunity to see their printing 'hero' featured in the Hall of Fame at FESPA Digital 2012 in Barcelona (21-24 February 2012).
Nominees might have pioneered a new approach or technology, or demonstrated innovation in other ways. They may simply stand out on print skill or service, for a leading stance on sustainability, or have made some other significant contribution to the industry. Based on the online votes, FESPA will narrow down a shortlist of up to ten printing innovators per country who their peers hold up as inspirational role models in the print community.
The final shortlist of nominees will be honoured at FESPA Digital in Barcelona in the form of a 20 metre Hall of Fame 'gallery of stars' located in the entrance hallway of Fira de Barcelona Exhibition centre. This is where exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the outright winner of the Printer of the Year 2012.
Every shortlisted printer will receive VIP status to attend FESPA Digital 2012, and will also benefit from privileged invitations to future FESPA VIP events such as Global Summits. The recipient of this prestigious accolade will be announced at a champagne VIP reception for the Hall of Fame printers on the FESPA stand 315a at 2pm on the last day of FESPA Digital 2012.
The country with the leading number of nominations so far is Germany with 30 printing 'heroes', followed by UK (22) and India (21).
To see the list of nominees and vote, visit www.Fespa.com/halloffame. If the list is missing someone you believe should be included, get voting now. Monday 6th February is the last day to nominate your printing idol before the shortlist process gets underway.
FESPA Managing Director Neil Felton comments: "The number and calibre of nominations in our first FESPA Hall of Fame is impressive, it will be a very difficult shortlisting process! Our aim is to celebrate people, not particular jobs or campaigns, printing companies, or new technological innovations. It's rare for the individual print professionals who drive this community to be recognised for their unique and personal contribution. The Hall of Fame will be a celebration of printers who their peers hold up as inspirational role models."