WAN-IFRA Print Innovation Awards 2019 winners announced

Innovation in newspaper and magazine

WAN-IFRA Print Innovation Award 2018
WAN-IFRA Print Innovation Award 2018

The World Printers Forum, the print community of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has announced the winners of the Print Innovation Awards 2019. The prize for innovation in newspapers and magazines will be presented on the first exhibition day of the IFRA World Publishing Expo on 8 and 9 October 2019, in Berlin.

The Print Innovation Awards honors the most innovative print products and services worldwide. The competition is open to newspaper and magazine publishers as well as advertisers or advertising agencies.

Because innovation in the publishing industry is not confined to digital, the World Printers Forum launched the Print Innovation Awards in the beginning of 2018, to reward excellence in print innovation. For its second edition, 61 projects from 23 countries participated in the competition. The jury, composed of World Printers Forum Board members, evaluated the entries and awarded gold, silver and bronze prizes in seven categories.

Judges score each entry based on the outlined criteria. All jury scores were combined to create an overall score for each entry. The highest scoring entries determined the category winners. Judging criteria included innovation, creativity, excellence, customer/consumer relevancy and value.

Gold, silver and bronze winners will be honored on stage at the Berlin Publishing Night of IFRA World Publishing Expo 2019 in Berlin on 8 October 2019.

Bennett Coleman and Company, The Times Group, Mumbai, won the gold and silver award for Product Innovation for its projects ‘Coloring our imagination’ and ‘XL reverse flap,’ respectively. DB Corp, Noida, won the bronze prize in the same category for its ‘Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Panorama.’

El Tiempo casa editorial, Bogotá, Columbia, won the gold prize for its project ‘Jumbito’ in the category Advertising Innovation. Ekstra Bladet, Copenhagen, Denmark, won the silver for its ‘A controversial election campaign’ in the same category while Mail Metro Media, London, won a bronze for ‘Metro’s musical cover wrap.’

In the Special Edition category, Die Presse, Vienna, Austria, was conferred gold for its The newspaper as a puzzle adventure, DB Corp won silver and bronze prize for Women Bhaskar and 3D Jodhpur Edition, respectively.

DB Corp won a gold prize for Yougle, 24sata, Zagreb, Croatia, won a silver for JoomBoos magazine – from Cringe to Lit and Presse-Druck- und Verlags GmbH, Augsburg, Germany for its CAPITO-magazine for kids in and around Augsburg in the category Products for Young Readers.

Malayala Manorama, Kottayam, India, won silver and bronze prizes for its QR code and Mini Farm-Manorama Weekly and ‘Manorama Go Green’ and ‘News Box’ campaign in the Business Innovation category.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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