More on Printer of the Year

Sappi's Printer of the Year awards are regarded as the world's most respected accolade of excellence in printed communications.

Sappi will be choosing winners from eleven different categories. Of those eleven, only one will be named outright Printer of the Year.


Entrants can submit any work that has been printed in the United States or Canada between January 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. Entries must use a sappi paper product as the dominant stock. Each printer who enters can submit an unlimited amount of entries, but each entry must be accompanied by its own form. Download the entry form


Entries submitted must relate to one of the following categories:

  • Activated Print (printed materials that use activation points—like QR codes, images and watermarks—to trigger interactive content)
  • Books
  • Brochures
  • Catalogs
  • Digital Print
  • Direct Mail
  • General Print (any printed material not included in other categories)
  • Magazines (sheetfed)
  • Magazines (web)
  • Packaging
  • Printer's Own Promotion


Judging criteria

Entries are judged based on the following criteria:

Overall impact of the piece

  • General appearance
  • Innovation
  • Appropriateness of techniques and materials used to the subject matter

Degree of difficulty

Efforts will be judged in accordance with how difficult they are to perform, with more points awarded for successful execution of challenging techniques.

Technical excellence

  • Dot structure and integrity
  • Ink density
  • Line screen, DPI
  • Color consistency
  • Registration


All entries must be received no later than June 22, 2018.