Applications open for Intergraf Young Talent Award 2023

Applicants to write on – What is print's place in a digital world?

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Applications open for Intergraf Young Talent Award 2023

Applications are open for young students, apprentices, or workers in print from Intergraf’s member countries for the Intergraf Young Talent Award 2023. Intergraf is the European printing industry association, representing employers in the graphical sector, with 21 member countries.

Young persons working or studying in the European printing industry can present their vision of print to an international audience. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of €3,000.

Since 2017, Intergraf has celebrated the ideas of young people in the European printing industry, providing a platform for the next generation of print professionals to share their views on the future of the sector.

Applicants have to send us an answer to this question below before 28 February 2023 — What is print’s place in a digital world?

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts. The first-place entry will be shared with representatives from printing associations, companies, and suppliers. Although there can only be one winner, the top submissions will be made public on our website.

Last year, Tom Maskill from the UK was awarded first place. He explained his views on the environmental performance of print.

Application criteria

  • Entrants must be a young student, an apprentice, or a worker in print (maximum age 25) from one of Intergraf’s member countries.
  • All entries should be written in English and be 2-5 pages in length. The applicant can supply any other visual support she/he deems necessary to present her/his idea.
  • Applicants will include a short CV of maximum of two pages.
  • Availability to present your entry at one of Intergraf’s events in 2023 is desirable, but not essential to win the award.
  • Entries to be sent to Beatrice Klose, secretary general of Intergraf at bklose@intergraf.eu before the submission deadline of 28 February 2023.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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