The search is underway to find the best holography products in the world with nominations now open for the 2013 industry awards.
Organised by the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), the annual Excellence in Holography Awards recognise outstanding achievement and reward those who have been at the forefront of the industry, pioneering innovative or new hologram products or techniques, as well as the best use of holograms in a commercial context.
The Awards will be announced and presented at the annual industry dinner on November 8 during The Holography Conference in Delhi (NCR), India. Delegates from hologram suppliers, manufacturers and users around the world will be attending.
The event will include a display of products and applications including the awards shortlist and winners, showcasing the diverse security, anti-counterfeiting and packaging benefits provided by cutting-edge holographic technologies.
Five categories will be open for entries including holographic technology innovation, which focuses on new techniques in hologram origination, production or finishing, and the most innovative and effective use of holographic optical elements – the best holographic optical elements (HOE) application.
Other awards will mark the best design, artwork or techniques used in a hologram origination; best applied security product, and best applied decorative product for holograms or holographic materials used by customers for decoration, illustration or promotion.
The annual Brian Monaghan Award for Business Innovation, given at the discretion of the Board, will also be presented to an individual in recognition of his or her outstanding industry achievement and contribution.
Organisations and individuals can submit an Award application on their own behalf or they can nominate a third-party project. Projects submitted for an Award can be from any source, they do not have to be from IHMA members.
The closing date for applications and nominations is August 16 2013 and submitted projects must relate to holograms made after August 1st 2012.
Entries will be judged by the IHMA Board, representatives of the worldwide industry elected by IHMA members.
IHMA chairman Mike Messmer said: “Every year we mark the very best in holographic achievement and the many remarkable innovations that keep this exciting, relevant and versatile technology to the fore.
“We expect that creativity, design excellence and quality to lead the way among the entries, showing how holography continues to find new applications and push forward the boundaries technically and commercially.”
Anyone involved in a hologram project can enter while others can nominate holographic projects for an Award as long as they provide details of the user or producer of the hologram. Further information and downloadable application forms at www.ihma.org.