Sappi Fine Paper North America

Who Will be the Sappi North America Printer of the Year?

Creating the finest in print takes more than a few hours of effort. It takes unparalleled dedication to craft and a meticulous eye for detail. It takes hours of painstaking work and years of dedicated experience. And above all, it takes a deep love for the versatility and power of printing.

Sappi has been committed to rewarding printers who successfully embody these qualities since 1999, and this year's Printer of the Year contest continues our efforts to recognize the best in the industry. Our award will grant one winner the top accolade in printing—and up to $20,000 in design support.

This is your opportunity to demonstrate your skill and show how your work truly represents the best the world of printing can offer. Prove why you truly deserve to stand alone.

Look out for your Call for Entries form and complete your entry before April 2, 2014. For additional entry forms, or any other assistance, please see your local Sappi merchant, or contact us at 1.800.882.4332.


Sappi's Printer of the Year awards are regarded as the world's most respected accolade of excellence in printed communications. Sappi will be choosing winners from within 10 different categories. Of those 10, only one will be named Printer of the Year


Any work that has been printed in the United States or Canada between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. Entries must use a Sappi paper product as the dominant stock. Each printer may submit an unlimited number of entries, but each entry must be accompanied by its own form.


Entries must be submitted in one of the following categories: Books, Brochures, Catalogs, Cross-Channel Communications, Digital Print, Direct Mail, Magazines (sheetfed), Magazines (web), Printer's Own Promotion, or General Print (any printed material not included in other categories).

Judging Criteria

Entries are judged based on the following criteria:

Overall Impact of the Piece

  • General Appearance
  • Innovation
  • Appropriateness of techniques and materials used to the subject matter

Degree of Difficulty
Efforts will be judged in accordance with how difficult they are to perform, with more points awarded for successful execution of challenging techniques.

Technical Excellence

  • Dot Structure and Integrity
  • Ink Density
  • Line Screen, DPI
  • Color Consistency
  • Registration


All entries must be received no later than April 2, 2014.