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Fespa’s long standing awards programme returns, designed to recognise industry leaders, with the winners set to be revealed at Fespa Global next May in Berlin.

Fespa awards: Open for entry
Fespa Awards: Now open for entry

The competition is now open for submissions from speciality print providers and sign-makers to showcase their most outstanding projects.

Printers and sign-makers have until Wednesday 12 December to submit their entries for the 2025 Fespa Awards. The shortlisted entries will be announced on 23 February,  and showcased from 6-9 May at Messe Berlin, Germany.

Entry fees are €100 for members and €150 for non-members, with early bird discounts available until 29 August.

According to Fespa, this global awards programme encourages innovation and excellence, providing a platform for print and sign-makers to highlight their latest and most significant achievements, and forging a path to set new standards for the industry.

Fespa’s head of association and technical lead, and one of the 2025 awards judges, Graeme Richardson-Locke, said, “Speaking on behalf of the judges, we all hope to be surprised by new levels of technical excellence and clear evidence that the entry has been created with the greatest care, reflecting the professional standards that we've seen over many years. For entries this year, we’re interested in seeing the use of appropriate and sustainable materials, reflecting the wider industry’s goal of reducing its environmental impact.”  

The Fespa Awards will welcome entries to the following categories:

·         Display and POP on Paper and Board

·         Packaging on Paper and Board

·         Display and POP on Plastic

·         Packaging on Plastics

·         Posters

·         Serigraphies and Fine Art

·         Decals and Printed Labels

·         Wrapping

·         Creative Special Effects – Paper Board and Plastics

·         Special Effects on T-shirts, Garments and Other Textiles

·         Printed Garments

·         Roll-to-Roll Printed Textiles

·         Glass, Ceramic, Metal and Wood Products

·         Direct Printing on Three Dimensional Products

·         Non-Printed Signage

·         Functional Printing – Fascias, Dials, Name plates

·         Printeriors

The final category, the Young Star Award, is open to individuals aged 16-25 who are vocational trainees or students in digital or screen printing and design. To enter, applicants can submit their work in any print related category.

Regarding the Young Star Award, Richardson-Locke said, “We are always thrilled to review the entries for the Young Star category and impressed by the standard of work submitted. We see creative thinking and technical delivery to a standard which demonstrates that we have new talent coming up within the industry, a topic which is really important to Fespa and its associations. It's hard having to choose but for the winner, the accolade marks a significant achievement. We hold them to a high standard and don't make it easy to win.”

The People’s Choice Award will be open to voting from 6 January, with the Fespa online community casting their votes across all categories. In contrast, the Best in Show Award and the Judges’ Award for Innovation are chosen by the panel of judges from Fespa, setting them apart as unique recognitions of excellence in the industry.

For more information on the Fespa Awards 2025 and how to participate visit: www.fespaawards.com

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