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Entries Now Being Accepted for 2013 Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition

Honoring excellent student work in the specialty-imaging field; entries will be judged at SGIA Expo in Orlando.




SGIA is now accepting entries for its 2013 Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition, sponsored by the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies. Entry deadline is July 31.

Honoring excellent student work in the specialty-imaging field, the competition is titled in memory of Tom Frecska, the late editor of Screen Printing magazine. Tom, who passed away suddenly in 2009, recognized the importance of and supported the education of students in the screen printing process.

The competition is open to all secondary and post-secondary schools that hold an active educational membership with SGIA. Entries will be accepted in four major subgroups: True Process Color; Single/Multicolor; Simulated/Index Color; and Digital. This year’s competition includes an expanded list of 24 entry categories that offer additional variety to entrants, including:

Back-lighted Signs/Displays: Imagery and text presenting designed to be viewed in an illuminated or backlighted state.

Banners: Imagery and text on flexible substrates, textile or otherwise, which generally convey a message.

Calendars: A register of week or months conventionally marking a year printed on virtually any substrate.


Compact Discs: Any printed compact disc.

Decals/Pressure Sensitive: Imagery and text on pressure sensitive material intended for placement on another surface. (Not including water-slide, lacquer or ceramic decals.)

Decals, Water-Slide/Lacquer/Ceramic: Printed decals that release from a support sheet and transfer to the application surface through use of water, adhering varnish, or heat.

Fine Art: Expressions of an artistic nature of either original productions (serigraphs) or reproductions of pre-existing images.

Finished Garments (Light): Articles of apparel that are completely sewn and assembled prior to printing. (Not to include garments printed light on dark, screen printed jackets, nylon shells, rainwear, hats, caps, visors, etc.)

Finished Garments (Dark): Articles of apparel that are completely sewn and assembled prior to printing. They must be printed light on dark. (Not to include printed jackets, nylon shells, rainwear, hats, caps, visors, etc


Glass/Mirrors, Flat: Subsurface or top-surface printing on flat glass or similar glass and mirror products.

Glass, Curved: Printing on curved glass surfaces including, but not limited to, ceramic mugs, drinking glasses, bottles, etc.

Greeting Cards: Printed messages of goodwill, usually associated with special occasions, printed on paper or similar substrates.

Heat Transfers – Textile: Heat applied transfers for garments, hats, caps and visors only.

Industrial: Printing performed as an essential step to fabricate a final product within a larger manufacturing process. Examples include bottles/containers, conductive/resistive inks, cosmetics, instrumentation dials & gauges, molded parts, nameplates, product coding and identification, and vinyl binders.

Interior Design: Printing and imaging commonly incorporated for use in interior design applications. Materials generally include wallpaper, ceramic tile, upholstery/drapery fabrics, bed/table linens, carpet, wood, glass, lamp shades, window blinds, etc.


Jackets: Outerwear and rainwear (such as vinyl, leather, nylon and denim) sewn and assembled prior to printing (not to include fleece and similar fabrics which might otherwise be entered as Finished Garments.)

Loose-leaf Products: Any printed cover material used to hold loose sheets of paper or other materials. Not to include ring binders or similar covers. No limit to substrate. Flat single-sheet products other than posters.

Metal Signs/Products: Imagery and text on any metal substrate.

Piece Goods: Any panel or section of fabric that is printed prior to assembly into a finished product. (Submit entries unassembled.)

Posters: Any commercial message screen printed on paper (or similar substrate to exclude backlit materials) for indoor or outdoor viewing.

Special Effects – Textile: Unusual visual effects beyond the range of traditional inks and printing that are produced by using special effect inks or special effect techniques to include High Density, Gels, Foils, Flock, Caviar Beads/PVC Flakes, etc.

Textile Products (Other) : Printed textiles such as tote bags, backpacks, draperies, tapestries, bed linens, towels, pennants, caps, visors, etc.

Unique Applications: Images incorporating unique printing techniques for products not otherwise defined, or images installed and/or finished in a noteworthy fashion.

Wooden Signs/Products: Imagery and text printed directly on wood, Masonite, or wood fiber substrates (excluding paper products).

All entries received by the deadline will be judged in the Golden Image Gallery at the 2013 SGIA Expo in Orlando, October 23–25.

For more information and entry form, go here:




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