FESPA revealed the winners of its 2014 Awards at a Celebration Dinner held at Löwenbräukeller, Munich, on Thursday 22 May, the penultimate night of FESPA Digital 2014.
The 2014 Awards attracted entries from across 24 countries, with the top prizes being given to entrants from across Europe, Asia and Australasia. By opening entry to all printers, regardless of their membership of a FESPA national association, the FESPA Awards attracted entries from countries previously not represented, including Malaysia and New Zealand.
This year's winning pieces included innovative entries across all categories, including a 60ft wrapped boat, a wrapped cable car and more than 30 t-shirt entries. The Garment and Special Effect categories proved to be the most popular among entrants.
Following months of voting online, the 2014 People's Choice of the Year Award was presented to A-Design, Russia, for their skull t-shirt entry in the Garment and Functional Printing category in which they also won Gold.
The Best in Show Award went to ZEGO Promotion & Logistik GmbH, Germany, for its entry in the Garment Decoration of the Year category. This entry - a Daft Punk themed varsity jacket which combined a variety of different printing techniques - was universally considered the most outstanding example of innovation, grabbing the attention of every judge across the ten categories.
The Young Star Award was awarded to Eleni Bourazanis from England, who has won a six month internship with Mimaki.
The winners in the application categories are:
. Fine Art Print of the Year: Marvel Graphic Studio, India
. Functional Print of the Year: LUXeXcel Printoptical Technology, The Netherlands
. Garment Decoration of the Year: A-Design, Russia
. In-store project of the Year: Press On, England
. Integrated print campaign of the Year: Horizon Digital Print, Ireland
. Interior Decoration of the Year: Van Iwaarden Artwork, The Netherlands
. Outdoor and Vehicle Project of the Year: Raccoon London, England
. Special Effects Print of the Year: Foster Screenprinting / Arria Design Group, New Zealand
In addition to the application categories and People's Choice Award, the Hall of Fame Printer of the Year, voted for by printers, was also announced at the Awards Celebration Dinner, with the honour going to Keith Ferrell, Cactus Imaging, Australia.
The FESPA Awards celebrate print excellence, inviting printers from FESPA's global print community to demonstrate their most creative and inspiring work.
The Awards were judged at FESPA's thought-leadership event, the FESPA Global Summit in March 2014. Since then they have been showcased online for people to vote for their favourite to win People's Choice of the Year. All shortlisted entries were also on display at FESPA Digital 2014 and will continue on a global tour to FESPA Africa (2-4 July 2014), Mexico (21-23 August 2014), China (19-21 November 2014), Eurasia (4-7 December 2014) and Brazil (18-21 March 2015), reaching a global audience. The winning work will also be showcased at www.fespa.com/awards.
Duncan MacOwan, Head of New Media & Events comments: "Congratulations go to all our winners and finalists from this year's Awards. The entries have shown the power of print to create impact across all types of brief. It's great to have been able to share these shining examples of creativity and best practice, which mirror the FESPA Digital 'Dive Deeper into Digital' theme, showing the diverse range of applications made possible by wide format print.
"By opening the FESPA Awards to all printers regardless of their membership of a FESPA association, we have given PSPs from across the world the opportunity to showcase what they can do. The aim of the Awards is to recognise the talent of our global print community and to inspire others. From the quality and breadth of entries I'm sure that this has been the case!"
The full results of the FESPA 2014 Awards are as follows:
Fine Art Print of the Year
Gold Marvel Graphic Studio India
Silver Marvel Graphic Studio India
Bronze Book Art Museum Poland
Functional Print of the Year
Gold LUXeXceL - Printoptical Technology Netherlands
Silver VCG Colourlink UK
Bronze Keetronics (I) Pvt Ltd. India
Garment Decoration of the Year
Gold A-Design Russia
Silver Midi Print LLC Russia
Bronze Pramukh Embroidery India
In-store project of the Year
Gold Press On England
Silver Foster Screenprinting / Arria Design Group New Zealand
Bronze Charterhouse UK
Integrated print campaign of the Year
Gold Horizon Digital Print Ireland
Interior Decoration of the Year
Gold Van Iwaarden Artwork Netherlands
Silver Marmony GmbH Germany
Bronze Digital Plus Ltd England
Outdoor and Vehicle Project of the Year
Gold Raccoon London England
Silver Print Works United Arab Emirates
Bronze Grapefruit Graphics England
Special Effects Print of the Year
Gold Foster Screenprinting / Arria Design Group New Zealand
Silver MIDI PRINT LLC Russia
Bronze Perfect Packaging India
Founded in 1962, FESPA is a global federation of 37 member associations for the screen printing, digital printing and textile printing community. FESPA's dual aim is to promote screen printing and digital imaging and to share knowledge about screen and digital printing with its members across the world, helping them to grow their businesses and learn about the latest developments in their fast growing industries.