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SGIA 2009: N'awlins Opportunities

(September 2009) posted on Wed Sep 09, 2009

The annual expo -- to be held October 7-9 in New Orleans -- offers something for everyone.

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By MaryKate Moran

Looking for other opportunities and/or inspiration that can lead to shop profits? If interiors are your thing, there’s the Interior Design Display, where industry experts will
show off how they use their imaging abilities to print custom wallpaper, pillows, and tabletops.

Another option is to peruse the various award and competition areas. The Golden Image Gallery will showcase projects of industry-leading excellence in specialty
printing. SGIA allows members one free gallery entry for almost any type of imaged product, and with more than 40 categories, the gallery is a great way to observe the vast
talents of the specialty imaging industry. Category winners—including the Andre Schellenberg honors—will be named at the Golden Image Awards. In addition, the Parmele Award—SGIA’s highest honor—recognizes the ongoing commitment by an industry professional to advance specialty imaging’s products, services, or overall image; the Innovator Award recognizes industry professionals who have made a lasting impact on the industry; and the ASPT Student Awards Competition recognizes screen and digital-imaging projects by secondary or post-secondary school students.

Think you have what it takes? The Golden Image and Product of the Year Competition awards are accepting entries until September 25. Visit the SGIA website for application forms.

Gaining experience
SGIA is offering more than 50 educational sessions during the three-day expo, including three free Expert Panels Wednesday morning on digital graphics, garment decoration, and screen graphics.