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Entries are Open for the FESPA Awards 2025

DTF printers can submit projects for the printed garments and special effects on T-shirts categories.

FESPA’s Awards program returns in preparation to recognize industry leaders at the co-located FESPA Global Print Expo, European Sign Expo, and Personalisation Experience in Berlin, taking place in May 2025. The competition is now open for submissions from speciality print providers and sign-makers to showcase their most outstanding projects. This global awards program encourages innovation and excellence, providing a platform for print and sign makers to highlight their latest and most significant achievements, forging a path to set new standards for the industry, according to FESPA.

“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,” says Graeme Richardson-Locke, FESPA’s Head of Association and Technical Lead and one of the 2025 Awards judges. “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 P-O-P on Paper and Board
  • Packaging on Paper and Board
  • Display and P-O-P 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 to 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.

“We are always thrilled to review the entries for the Young Star category and impressed by the standard of work submitted,” says Richardson-Locke. “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 January 6, 2025, 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.

Printers and sign-makers have until Wednesday December 12, 2024, to submit their entries for the 2025 FESPA Awards. The shortlisted entries will be announced on February 23, 2025, and showcased from May 6-9 2025. at Messe Berlin, Germany.

Entry fees are $108.25 for members and $162.38 for non-members, with early bird discounts available until August 29, 2024.

For more information on the FESPA Awards 2025 and how to participate visit

A version of this press release was originally published by FESPA.

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