Global holography awards open for entries

Closing date for entries is 15 October 2023

The IHMA’s Paul Dunn says the search for the best in holography 2023 is now on with the opening of the Excellence in Holography Awards

Entries are open for the the Excellence in Holography Awards, which recognize advancement and technical achievements in commercial holography. The awards are organized by the global trade body, the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA)

This year, the awards will be presented during the Holography Conference that takes place online on 21 and 22 November. 

The 2022 People’s Choice winner — 3D Zero Order Imaging

With delegates from hologram suppliers, manufacturers and users around the world, the awards recognize outstanding achievement and mark those who have been at the forefront of innovative or commercially viable hologram products or techniques, which have been introduced or launched in the last 12 months.  

Any company or individual is eligible to enter and the award categories cover innovations for the best in Holographic Technology, Origination, Display or Emerging Technology Applications, Applied Security, and Decorative/Packaging Products. 

The closing date for entries is 15 October 2023 with commercial projects produced after 1 August 2022 covered. A panel of experts in authentication and design, including the IHMA Board, will assess and judge the entries. 

In addition to these categories, participants in the Holography Conference will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite during the event, resulting in an additional award – the People’s Choice. 

Paul Dunn, chair of IHMA

Chair of the IHMA, Paul Dunn, said: “The awards celebrate the best in holographic achievement and the remarkable innovations the industry produces annually. Design excellence, creativity and technical skill will be to fore in this year’s crop of entries, reinforcing holography’s continued success and development as one of the most effective, reliable and adaptable authentication and security devices and packaging enhancement solutions.” 

Those involved in a hologram project can enter while others can nominate holographic projects for an award if they provide details of the user or producer of the hologram. 

Click here for previous winners. More information is available at 

The IHMA is made up of 80 of the world’s leading hologram companies. Members include the leading producers and converters of holograms for banknote security, anti-counterfeiting, brand protection, packaging, graphics and other commercial applications around the world, and actively cooperate to maintain the highest professional, security and quality standards.

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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