The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) has opened its latest Gold Leaf Awards to companies engaged in the production or design of foil stamping and embossing.
The 23rd annual Gold Leaf Awards competition will present, ‘an exciting assembly of color, dimension and eye-catching effects, representing the most exquisite works throughout the graphic arts industry’, according to FSEA.
Entries will be judged on design, execution and level of difficulty in over 25 different categories, including Label (Sheet or Rotary), Best Use of Embossing, Best Use of Ink over Foil, Creative Use on Folding Carton and Digital Application on Folding Carton, with a gold, silver and bronze award presented in each category. A Best of Show award will be selected from among all of the gold award winners. Companies looking to enter need not be an FSEA member. The deadline for entries is February 15.
Winners in last year’s Gold Leaf Awards included ILS, Collotype Labels, Century Label, Label Works, Multi-Packaging Solutions, Quad/Graphics and Diamond Packaging.
FSEA executive director Jeff Peterson said: ‘Extraordinary pieces continue to pour in each year from around the world, reaffirming the perceived value that print enhancements have on the finished product.
‘New technologies continue to grow as well, sparking new categories in areas such as cold foil transfer, digital UV inkjet and other specialty UV coatings.’
Award winners will be announced at a reception during the 2016 FSEA National Conference, taking place in Orlando, Florida on April 3-5.
Platinum sponsors of the 23rd Gold Leaf Awards include API Foils, Bobst North America, Crown Roll Leaf, h+m USA, L.P., ITW Foils, Infinity Foils, Inc., Kurz Transfer Products, Masterwork USA, Inc., Metal Magic, Univacco Technology, Inc. and Universal Engraving, Inc. Gold sponsors are Brandtjen & Kluge, Inc., Brausse Group, Eagle Systems Inc., MGI USA, Matik, Inc./Gietz, Owosso Graphic Arts, Inc., Sakurai USA and Sun Chemical.
Visit the FSEA website for more details on the Gold Leaf Awards, and download the entry form below.