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2003 Gold Ink Award Winners Announced

The results are in, the winners notified, and the triumphant entrants of the 16th annual Gold Ink awards are on display in Booktech magazine. Earning the respect of some of the most renowned producers of printed material in the industry, the 16th annual Gold Ink awards competition totaled 1,600 entries. 2003 winners were honored at the Gold Ink Awards and of Fame Banquet on September 29, 2003, during Graph Expo and Converting Expo in Chicago at McCormick Place.

Entries for the six book categories--children's books, cookbooks, covers, fine editions, hardcovers, and softcovers--were up 25% over last year, with 236 submissions. Up for grabs: gold, silver, and bronze medals in each competitive category.

In choosing the best pieces, the judges considered the overall difficulty of the project from a production standpoint. They also evaluated the quality of the materials used, and how well they were manufactured and integrated. They also looked closely at binding and finishing techniques used, and their results. Lastly, but perhaps most important, they assessed the works' overall look and feel, in an effort to quantify not the quality of the design, but the flawlessness of its execution, from a print production standpoint.

"I reviewed some beautifully designed work that was, unfortunately, not up to par with respect to print production, particularly in the annual report and book categories," says Gold Ink judge Caren Lipkin, art director at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, in Philadelphia. "Conversely, there were some pieces that were not compelling, visually, but nearly flawless in their print execution."

"It was a great opportunity to see a lot of outstanding production," says Gold Ink judge Matthew Hollerbush, professor and photographer at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia. "[My] highlight was awarding a prize to Gene Simmons of [the rock group] KISS for his book Sex Money Kiss."

The Winners:

Children's Books -- Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.
William Butler Yeats
OG Printing Production Ltd.
Printer: Midas Printing Intl. Ltd.

Cookbooks -- Williamson Printing Corporation
Chili Recipe Book
Prepress: Williamson Printing Corporation
Printer: Williamson Printing Corporation

Book Cover -- Phoenix Color
Sex Money Kiss
Prepress: Phoenix Color
Printer: Phoenix Color Corp.

Books, Fine Editions -- Nahanni Productions Inc.
Antarctica: Explorer Series Volume 1
Prepress: Hemlock Printers Ltd.
Printer:Hemlock Printers Ltd.

Hardcover/Textbooks -- Graphic Press Inc.
Jaguar X350 Launch Case Bound Book
Prepress: Graphic Press Inc.
Printer: Graphic Press Inc.

Softcover Books -- Quebecor World Acme/Universal
Britney Spears Stages
Prepress: Quebecor World Acme Printing
Printing: Quebecor World Acme Printing