Thirty-one of Florida's top printing and graphic communications firms were recognized with 343 prestigious print awards spanning 175 categories, during a reception and banquet at Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resort. The event is the traditional highlight of the 25-year-old awards event. Nine Florida high schools and universities were also awarded numerous Best of Category, Award of Excellence, and Honorable Mention recognitions.
Three Florida companies received a Benny Award at the national level; and a total of 55 Florida projects were recognized in Printing Industries of America's Premier Print Awards competition. The "Benny", a bronze statuette of Benjamin Franklin, is awarded to the most outstanding entry in each category. The three companies with top honors were: Associated Printing Productions, Inc. (APPI); Franklin-Dodd Communications; and Southeastern Printing.
"The judges were thoroughly impressed with the high quality of printing done in the Sunshine State," says George Ryan, CEO and President of the Printing Association of Florida. "The awards showcase Florida's high quality, progressive, and full service communications firms." Florida Print Awards sponsors included: Heidelberg, HP, Mac Papers, Océ, The Printers Edge, Xerox, and xpedx.
Trophy winners at the Florida Print Awards are those who secured "Best of Category" or "Best of Show" distinctions. The winner of the coveted Golden Flamingo Award, which recognizes the company that won the most Best of Category awards, was Franklin Dodd Communications. A list of all winners can be found here.
The following table provides details about each winner's particular piece:
Annual Report, Southeastern Printing, 2010 Ford Foundation 75th Anniversary
Art Reproduction, Southeastern Printing, Dennis Aufiery Looking, Painting, Seeing
Best Digital Printing, Intec Printing Direct Mail, Inc., NCH 2011 Annual Report
Best Poster, Associated Printing Productions, Inc., Morilee Posters
Self-Advertising, Franklin Dodd Communications, Celebrating 90 Years of Excellence
Process Color, Lauderdale Graphics, Bentrani Christmas Catalog 2011-2012
Small Press, Franklin Dodd Communications, An Evening of Suspense
Special Treatment, Franklin Dodd Communications, Nature's Little Secrets
Stationery Set, Sir Speedy of Spring Hill, Superior Residence
Color in Design, Southeastern Printing, Traditions - The Magazine of the Breakers
Web Press, Rose Printing, The Villages Magazine
Creative Use of Paper, Franklin Dodd Communications, Boca Raton Membership Drive
Division I, Color Express, The Fire Next Time
Division II, Roberts Printing, Caring Continuum
Division III, Franklin Dodd Communications, The Collection
Ryan shared the stage with Troy Barnes, Chairman of the PAF Board of Directors, and Jim Ronecker, Immediate Past Chairman of the PAF Board of Directors, during the award ceremonies. PAF Board Member Rich Sierra presented the Charles DePalma Best of Show Student Division Award to Caspar Paul Blattman, from Valencia Community College.