SGIA now accepting entries for its 2019 Golden Image Competition with October 17 deadline

Johnny Shell.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA – Fairfax, Virginia) is now accepting submissions from its members for its 2019 Golden Image Competition, which recognizes the best in printing across 53 categories. All entries will be displayed and judged in the Golden Image Gallery at Printing United, the latest iteration of the SGIA Expo, produced by SGIA and NAPCO Media, to be held in Dallas, Texas, October 23 – 25, 2019. “The Golden Image Competition is the printing industry’s premier competition showcasing printing excellence across a wide range of applications,” said Johnny Shell, Vice President of Print Technology & Training at SGIA. “It’s a chance for our members to put their best work in front of thousands in the industry, and potentially share their accolades with their customers.”

A group of volunteer industry expert judges will award gold, silver, bronze and honourable mention for each category, with the gold-level winners then considered for one of the four “Best of Show” category honours in Apparel, Creativity, Digital and Graphic. Entries are also eligible for the “People’s Choice” Award, voted on by Printing United attendees. Shell encourages all SGIA printer members to enter the competition. “It’s not about the most complex print – it’s about the perfectly executed print,” he said. “The competition ends up being a lot closer than you might think, with only a few points separating most of the entries in a category.”

A member’s first entry is free, then are $30 each (USD). During the online submission process, participants receive an information kit outlining any additional required information and material-shipping instructions. Entries must arrive at the official SGIA depository by Thursday, October 17, 2019. To learn more about the competition and to enter, please visit


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.