Fespa has announced the winners of its annual awards at an online ceremony in lieu of the live gala originally slated to have taken place during this year’s Global Print Expo in Madrid.
The ‘gold’ winners in the 17 application-specific categories were:
- Display and POP on Paper and Board, Ability Diseño Gráfico (Spain);
- Packaging on Paper and Board, Perfect Packaging (India);
- Display and POP on Plastic, Screenline (South Aftrica);
- Packaging on Plastics, Topdesign Topolcany (Slovakia);
- Posters, Grafiser (Spain);
- Serigraphy and Fine Art, Christian M. Walter – Taller de Serigrafía- Edición (Spain);
- Decals and Printed Labels, Classic Stripes (India);
- Wrapping, Vermeulen & Vermeulen Reclame (Netherlands);
- Creative Special Effect - Paper, Board and Plastics, Sakawa Printing (Japan);
- Special Effect on T-Shirts, Garments and Other Textiles, Elixir Unlimited (India);
- Printed Garments, iMaika (Russia);
- Roll-to-roll Printed Textiles, The Look Company (Qatar);
- Glass, Ceramic, Metal and Wood Products, Schitterend (Netherlands);
- Direct Printing on Three Dimensional Products, HAAS Die Werbemanufaktur (Switzerland);
- Non-printed Signage, HNS Signs (UK);
- Functional Printing, Protolab Electrotechnologies (India)
- Printeriors, BOBO1325 (UK)
Among this year’s entries, the judges selected two to receive ‘best in show’ awards for truly outstanding examples of print. These are Christian M. Walter - Taller de Serigrafía - Edición from Spain, for the entry ‘New York de Sergio García Sánchez’ in the Serigraphy and Fine Art category, and The Look Company from Qatar for its Roll-to-Roll Printed Textiles entry ‘Anoc World Beach Games’.
Members of the Fespa community selected the ‘people’s choice’ award from the shortlisted entries, with Sakawa Printing Company from Japan taking this honour for its Japanese Fishes Calendar in the Creative Special Effect - Paper, Board and Plastics category.
New to the 2020 Awards was the ‘judges’ award for innovation’, which was handed to HAAS Die Werbemanufaktur from Switzerland.
The 2020 ‘young star’ winner was PVG's Maharashtra Institute of Printing Technology in India for the entry ‘Save Tigers Before They are Silenced Forever’.
Christian Duyckaerts, Fespa president, said: “Championing print excellence and promoting the unique power of print is central to Fespa’s mission. With the awards, we want to inspire our global community to keep developing fresh ideas and using advances in technology and materials to add new dimensions to the work they produce for customers, as a foundation for continued growth. Judging this work is a privilege because it reminds us that print - in all its many forms and applications - is creative, beautiful and, above all, effective. We extend our congratulations to all our 2020 winners.”