HP Announces Print Excellence Award Winners

HP Print Awards JudgingPALO ALTO, CA | HP today announced the winners of the HP Print Excellence Awards, a competition to recognize the best examples of creativity and print quality produced across HP’s digital portfolio.

The competition recognizes print excellence in 21 categories across Labels and Packaging, Sign and Display, and Commercial Print 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, 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.

Favorable Judgments

“It was my honor 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 categorized by device category and by application type. The judges said that after lengthy discussions, the decisions on all winners were unanimous.

“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.”

“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 honor in Düsseldorf on May 3. First place winners are listed below.

Label and Packaging First Place Winners

Category Winner Country End Customer Press/Printer
Wine & Spirits Labels Graficas Varias Spain Miguel Torres HP Indigo
Food Labels Label Apeel UK Long Clawson Dairies HP Indigo
Health & Beauty Labels Digital Labels Ltd. Israel LA-labels apps HP Indigo
Pharma & Neutraceutical Coreti Spain Escritorio Digital HP Indigo
Industrial Labels Springfield Solutions UK John Myland HP Indigo
Shrink Sleeves CMC Group USA SJ Creations HP Indigo
Flexible Packaging Essel Propact India HP Indigo
Folding Cartons Promographic & Design Mexico Nattura Labs HP Indigo
Specialty Boyallgraphics & Print UK Corporate Hard Hats HP Indigo


Sign and Display First Place Winners

Category Winner Country End-Customer Press/Printer
Outdoor Advertising CLM BBDO France Mercedes-Benz France HP Scitex
Retail POP/POS Next Printing Australia Next Printing HP Scitex
Innovative Application Dpod Ltd. New Zealand Pea Pods (MacKay Distribution Ltd.) HP Scitex
Vehicle Graphics Union Inks and Graphics Philippines Philippines Brushstroke Creatives HP Scitex
Exhibitions & Events JMD Digital Art Xchange India HP Scitex
Environmental Responsibility Golden Touch Color Lab & Photo Supply Philippines Coca-Cola HP Scitex



Commercial Print First Place Winners

Category Winner Country End-customer Press/Printer
Direct Mail & Transpromo Straub + Medien Germany Straub + Medien HP Indigo
Photobooks-Wedding Kisah Publishing Indonesia n/a HP Indigo
Photobooks-General Vovremja! Russia Vovremja! HP Indigo
High Volume Inkjet Printing One to One Digital Solutions USA New Era Inc. HP Inkjet Web Press
General Commercial Kubilay Offset Ltd. Turkey Our Own Product HP Indigo
Publishing Dygy GmbH Germany Novum-World of Graphic Design HP Indigo

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