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An Industry Convergence: SGIA Expo 2011

(September 2011) posted on Tue Sep 20, 2011

New Orleans plays host to the industry’s latest innovative ideas, education, and market developments.

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By Britney Grimmelsman

"This is a great opportunity for companies to compete against the best in the specialty-imaging community and display their work to thousands of Expo attendees," says Johnny Shell, SGIA vice president of technical services. Each entry is judged based on its perceived value to the digital-imaging community by a team of digital-imaging professionals during the expo.

All entries will be showcased in the gallery October 19-20, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and on October 21 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Every entrant will be considered for "Best in Show" (digital and screen printing categories), and for “Best in Creativity” (digital printing only).

The entry deadline for the Golden Image Awards is October 7. SGIA printer members receive one free entry, and additional entries are $30 each. Learn more about the competition and enter online here:

Last year's highest honors were given to select winning entries, including:
* Best in Show - Graphic: Solutions Unlimited (entry title: High Shine);
* Best in Show - Garment: Tarun Print Tech (entry title: Michael Jackson); and
* People's Choice: Brilliant Graphics Group (entry title: Eric Drury Sculpture).

The association also awards “Product of the Year” recognition, for quality digital equipment and supplies in the specialty-imaging marketplace. Competition entrants must be SGIA member exhibitors with products currently available. Each entry is judged based on its perceived value to the digital-imaging community.

“Winners represent the best consumables and output devices that offer faster, higher quality output for the wide-format digital market,” says Robertson.

Student work is also honored at the show, via the Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition. Acknowledging students’ innovative imaging work from secondary and post-secondary schools, the competition honors the former editor of Screen Printing magazine, Tom Frecska, who passed away in 2009.

The competition, sponsored by the Academy of Screen Printing Technology, includes 24 categories and two divisions: secondary and post-secondary schools. Students can enter as individuals or teams; all work must be produced within the 2010-2011 school year. First-place winners will be recognized in each category. One entry from each division will be honored with the Best in Show award and receive an ASPT Achievement Award as well as a $500 graphic-arts education scholarship.

SGIA Expo Basics
Show hours are:
Wednesday, October 19: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 20: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 21: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Entrance into the Expo is free if registered before October 18; it’s $35 after that.

To receive discounted rates on hotels, contact SGIA’s official housing partner Travel
Planners via the SGIA website ( Of note: SGIA has been notified that other companies have been contacting attendees to reserve hotel rooms for the Expo; Travel Planners is the only official housing partner for this event.


Online Conversation
If you’d like to follow the latest happenings regarding SGIA Expo and its exhibitors, or voice out about seminar topics or new products then the SGIA social-media sites are for you:

Twitter: @SGIAExpo and #sgiaexpo
Linkedin: SGIA