DÜSSELDORF, Germany, 23 April 2012 - HP today announced the winners of the HP Print Excellence Awards, a competition to recognise the best examples of creativity and print quality produced across HP's digital portfolio.
The competition recognises print excellence in 21 categories across Commercial Print, Sign and Display, and Labels and Packaging applications. Submissions were open to users of HP Indigo, Inkjet Web Press, Scitex and Designjet systems. The competition attracted entries from 364 customers from 47 countries.
Judging was conducted by an international team of experts: Yolanda Simonsis, editorial director PFFC-online, USA; Jean Poncet, editor in chief, Etiq & Pack, France; Eric Pierre, creative director, BBDO Paris, France; Stan Kilpin, publisher, Cygnet Publications Pty Ltd, Australia; Boaz Rossano, CEO Video Dubber, Israel; David L Zwang, president, Zwang & Co., USA; Stephen Sonnenfeld, VP advertising & brand integration, Thomson Reuters, USA; Nir Navot, art director, Amdocs Israel; and Sophie Matthews-Paul, independent consultant, UK.
"It was exciting to see the way print service providers and their customers were able to push the envelope with the HP print technologies, especially the Indigo," said judge David Zwang. "Offset print has always been the benchmark that people use to set their expectation for quality print. There is no doubt in my mind that the Indigo print entries we saw not only met that level, but exceeded it."
"It was my honour to participate as a judge," said Yolanda Simonsis. "I believe the 'tipping point' for digital in the label and packaging industries will arrive sooner than others anticipated. Digital easily executes complex designs with perfectly registered type so fine you need a loupe to read it, vignettes so subtle and skin tones so lifelike that it now certainly surpasses analogue technologies that struggle to replicate effectively without waste."
"The HP Print Excellent Awards concentrate on innovation," said judge Sophie Matthews-Paul. "However, they also look at environmentally responsible printing. We considered how entrants demonstrated creativity and skill. Seeing how the criteria were interpreted in the submissions from different parts of the world was very interesting."
Awards were categorised by device category and by application type. The judges said that after lengthy discussions, the decisions on all winners were unanimous.
"The response to this competition exceeded our expectations. The quality of the submissions reflected how creative agencies and enterprises benefit from a wide range of applications that PSPs are producing on HP digital presses and printers," said François Martin, worldwide marketing director, Graphic Solutions Business, HP. "Receiving submissions from nearly 50 countries demonstrates the spread of digital printing around the world as well as confidence in our technologies and innovations. "
HP will present the awards to winners at a celebratory evening in their honour in Düsseldorf on 3 May. First place winners are listed below; a full list of winners may be found at www.hp.com/go/pea2012winners.
Commercial Print applications first place winners:
Direct Mail and Transpromo
Straub + Medien AG
Straub + Medien AG
Photobooks – Wedding
Photobooks – general
High Volume Inkjet Printing
One to One Digital Solutions
New Era, Inc.
HP Inkjet Web Press
General Commercial Printing
Kubilay Ofset Ltd
Our Own Product
Novum-World of Graphic Design
Labels and Packaging first place winners:
Wine & Spirits Labels
Gráficas Varias, SA
Miguel Torres, SA
Label Apeel Ltd
Long Clawson Dairies Ltd
Health & Beauty Labels
Digital Labels Ltd
Pharmaceutical & Nutraceutical Labels
Springfield Solutions Ltd
John Myland Ltd
Essel Propack Ltd
Promographic & Design
Nattura Laboratorios, SA de CV
Boyallgraphics & Print Ltd
Corporate Hard Hats
Sign & Display first place winners:
Pea Pods (MacKay Distribution Ltd)
Union Inks and Graphics Philippines Inc.
Exhibitions & Events
JMD Digital Art Xchange Pvt Ltd
Golden Touch Color Laboratory and Photo Supply
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