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  • Flexography Award Categories
    • Labels: Pressure Sensitive and Cut & Stack
      • Paper, plastic film, cloth, metal, or other material affixed to a container or product. May or may not be pressure sensitive.
    • Flexible Packaging
      • Non-rigid packaging structures used to package and protect products.
    • Shrink Sleeves
      • 360-degree printed labels that utilize heat in the application process to conform the label to the shape of the product to which it is applied.
    • Preprint Linerboard
      • Thin cardboard used for the flat facings of corrugated containerboard.
    • Post/Direct Print Corrugated
      • Paperboard that contains rows of air columns, usually used in product packaging.
    • Folding Carton
      • Paper-based package that acts as the external container for an item or product.
  • Gravure Award Categories
    • Label: Pressure Sensitive and Cut & Stack
      • Paper, plastic film, cloth, metal, or other material affixed to a container or product. May or may not be pressure sensitive.
    • Flexible Packaging and Shrink Sleeves
      • Non-rigid packaging structures used to package and protect products. 
    • Paperboard/Folding Carton
      • Thick paper-based material, usually used in product packaging.
    • Corrugated
      • Paperboard that contains rows of air columns, usually used in product packaging.
    • Décor
      • Wallcovering, decorative laminates, floor covering, etc.
  • Screen Printing Award Categories
    • Single Color Garments
      • Articles of apparel that are completely sewn and assembled prior to printing (not to include nylon shells, rainwear, hats, caps, visors, etc.).
    • Multicolor (Non-Process) Garments
      • Articles of apparel that are completely sewn and assembled prior to printing (not to include nylon shells, rainwear, hats, caps, visors, etc.).
    • Multicolor (True Process) Garments
      • Articles of apparel that are completely sewn and assembled prior to printing (not to include nylon shells, rainwear, hats, caps, visors, etc.).
    • Single Color Textile
      • Printed textiles such as flags, tote bags, backpacks, draperies, tapestries, bed linens, towels, pennants, caps, visors, etc.
    • Multicolor (Non-Process) Textile
      • Printed textiles such as flags, tote bags, backpacks, draperies, tapestries, bed linens, towels, pennants, caps, visors, etc.
    • Multicolor (True Process) Textile
      • Printed textiles such as flags, tote bags, backpacks, draperies, tapestries, bed linens, towels, pennants, caps, visors, etc.
    • Special Effects–Textile
      • Unusual visual effects beyond the range of traditional inks and printing that are produced by using special effect inks or special effect techniques to include high density, gels, foils, flock, caviar beads/PVC fakes, etc.
    • Printed Electronics
      • Electronic products produced with printed conductive ink. Printed electronics, EL Lamps, force sensing devices, RFID, biosensors, resistors, photovoltaic, touch screens, batteries, fuel cells, e-paper, etc. Entries are judged on uniqueness, use of existing technology in new ways, overall quality of the product graphics, circuit(s), assembly, lamination, registration, dimensional tolerance, intricacy, and production size.
    • Fine Art
      • Non-commercial expressions of an artistic nature of either original productions (serigraphs) or reproductions of pre-existing images.
    • Glass, Ceramic, Metal and Wood Products
      • Glass, ceramic, metal, and wood products (tableware, tiles, glasses, mirrors, glass, ceramic, wood, and metal products).
  • Offset Lithography Award Categories
    • Magazine–Web Offset
      • Fashion, popular culture, architectural, art, travel and other magazines.
    • Magazine–Sheetfed Offset
      • Fashion, popular culture, architectural, art, travel and other magazines.
    • Book–Web Offset
      • Perfect or casebound hardcover, softcover, journals, and other books.
    • Book–Sheetfed Offset
      • Perfect or casebound hardcover, softcover, journals, and other books.
    • Catalog–Web Offset
      • A multi-page printed brochure showing the products offered by a manufacturer or seller.
    • Catalog–Sheetfed Offset
      • A multi-page printed brochure showing the products offered by a manufacturer or seller.
    • Poster/Fine Art
      • Reproductions of fine art intended for use as decoration, no books or brochures.
    • Brochure
      • Brochure promoting goods or services targeted towards other businesses or consumers.
    • Calendar
      • Posters, desk calendars, coil binding/other binding calendars.
    • Stationery Package
      • Package must include a minimum of the following: letterhead, envelope, and business card.
    • Invitation/Greeting Card
      • Invitations, holiday cards, greeting cards, and postcards.
    • Pocket Folders/Presentation Folders
      • Includes presentation folders/portfolios with pockets and loose-leaf binders. Entries submitted with inserts will be judged as a unit.
    • Packaging–Labels
      • Paper, plastic film, cloth, metal, or other material affixed to a container or product. May or may not be pressure sensitive.
    • Packaging–Corrugated
      • Paperboard that contains rows of air columns, usually used in product packaging.
    • Packaging–Folding Carton
      • Paper-based package that acts as the external container for an item or product.
  • Digital Printing Award Categories (High-Speed Inkjet and Electrophotography)
    • Packaging
      • All digital printing on all types of packaging (label/pressure sensitive, flexible packaging, paperboard, corrugated).
    • Special Colors, White Toner, Clear Toner
      • Use of special colors and toner effects.
    • VDP/Customized
      • A complex use of variable data incorporating many facets of data and design elements.
    • Direct Marketing
      • Uses mail as its exclusive means of distribution; objective is to entice the consumer to purchase.
    • Promotional Campaign
      • A coordinated effort to promote a business, product, or service that may or may not use mail as a means of distribution.
    • Direct-to-Garment
      • Printing directly to articles of apparel that are completely sewn and assembled prior to printing (not to include nylon shells, rainwear, hats, caps, visors, etc.).
    • Direct-to-Object
      • Inkjet-printing technology to decorate three-dimensional objects.
  • Wide Format Inkjet Printing Award Categories
    • Backlit Display
      • Printing on all types translucent/clear plastic, both rigid and roll.
    • Display and POP on Paper and Board
      • Printing on paper & board, corrugated, and in-store displays.
    • Display and POP on Plastic
      • Printing on all types of plastics, including plastic banners and lenticular sheets.
    • Décor
      • Printing on wall coverings, floor coverings including carpets and rugs.
    • Banner
      • Imagery and text on flexible substrates, textile or otherwise, which generally convey a commercial or promotional message.
    • Poster/Fine Art
      • Reproductions of fine art intended for use as decoration.
    • Vehicle Wrap Installer
      • Printing and installation of vehicle wraps (commercial, fleet, or private).
    • Building Graphics Installer
      • Printing and installation of building wraps (interior or exterior).
    • Sublimation
      • Transfers a design onto a material or fabric using ink and heat. 
    • Heat Transfer
      • Heat applied transfers (typically using printed or cut vinyl) for garments, hats, caps, and visors and non-textile products such as containers and buckets.
  • Postpress/Finishing Award Categories
    • Foil Stamping (Traditional)
      • Using the traditional hot stamping method to apply foil to a substrate.
    • Embossing/Debossing
      • Impressing or depressing an image into paper using a metal die.
    • Folding
      • Gatefolds, miniature folding, map folding, special, unique, or difficult folds.
    • Book Binding
      • Adhesive binding, case binding, and mechanical binding.
    • Diecutting (Including Pop-Ups)
      • Cutting of non-standard, irregular shapes.
    • Digital Enhancement (Foil/Varnish)
      • The digital application of foils, varnish, and dimensional (3D) varnish.
  • Specialty Award Categories
    • They Said It Couldn’t Be Done!
      • This category is for printers who exceed all limitations and expectations when tackling the numerous challenges faced on the most difficult jobs. Entries must include a copy of the finished piece, and a paragraph describing the challenges of the job and how they were overcome. Entries not containing all required elements will be disqualified.
    • Expanded Gamut/Hi-Fi Color
      • Printing additional colors (usually, but not always, orange, green, and violet) in addition to four color process.
    • Security Printing
      • Printing to prevent forgery, tampering, or counterfeiting.
    • Activated Printing
      • Connects print with digital communications (augmented reality, NFC, etc.).
    • Environmentally Sound
      • Entries must use at least three of the following: Recycled papers, soy or vegetable-based inks, aqueous coating, energy-curable inks and coatings, or other environmentally sound products not mentioned above.
    • Self-Promotion
      • Print, campaigns, or packages designed to promote the capabilities of a printing company.
    • Embroidery
      • Images created by drawing or lettering with threads using automatic machines sewing directly on to a finished textile product.
    • 3D Printing
      • Entries produced on a 3D printer.
    • Mixed Technologies
      • Entries produced using a convergence of various technologies (e.g. flexography + digital, screen printing + direct to apparel, etc.)
    • Promotional Product
      • Useful or decorative articles of merchandise that are utilized in marketing and communication programs.
  • Students
    • High School Student
    • Post-Secondary Student
      • The Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition Award is given any student or student group in high school, adult school, vocational school, or college and involved in the creation or production of print communications. Please note: This is a special division for high school and post-secondary students. In-plant university production operations not run by students are ineligible for this category.
        • Student entries are free for all educational institutions that are members of PRINTING United Alliance.
        • Each category winner will receive a cash prize of $500 to use toward their graphic arts education.
        • Instructors of winning entries will also receive $500 to use toward their school’s graphic arts educational program.
  • Printed Product of the Year Category Awards and Best of Show
    • Printed Product of the Year
      • Each Best of Category award winner is automatically entered for the Printed Product of the Year Category Awards and Best of Show, presented at the PRINTING United Expo. Nominees will be selected from the following category winners:
        • Flexography
        • Gravure
        • Screen Printing
        • Offset Lithography
        • Digital Printing
        • Wide Format Inkjet Printing
        • Postpress/Finishing
    • Best of Show
      • Each award winner from Printed Product of the Year Category Award is selected for the coveted Best of Show Award.
    • People’s Choice Award
      • All award winners will be displayed at PRINTING United where tradeshow attendees will vote on their favorite entry. People’s Choice Award will be presented at the at the PRINTING United Expo.

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