Categories and criteria

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Judging criteria

Printing categories will be judged on reproduction, degree of difficulty and print quality. Entries must have been produced in the 12 months prior to 8 July 2022. An international panel of judges will assess each entry submitted.



  1. Entries must have been produced by the printing company entering the awards.
  2. No previous winning job may be re-entered from the same or different company.
  3. All entries must be produced in the 12 months prior to 8 July 2022.
  4. Entries are for commercial work undertaken by the printing company entering the awards, except promotional print and innovation categories.
  5. Whitmar Publications reserves the right to use any entries received for marketing and promotional purposes in its magazines and on its website.
  6. Entrants must have obtained the permission of their customer before entering the competition.
  7. Whitmar Publications cannot accept responsibility for entries submitted.
  8. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. Entries received after the deadline will be subject to a flat £50 late fee.
  10. Entries may be moved to a different category at the discretion of the judges.
  11. By entering you agree to all technical information being published on the website and in the magazine.
  12. Please submit at least three repeat images of complete web for judging.
  13. With the exception of labels and corrugated post-print, cut-outs will NOT be considered by the judges.
  14. The printing company’s contact details should be submitted with the entry if it is being entered on their behalf.




  • Labels (process)

    Using process primary inks to create colour shades (CMYK, EGP and similar)

  • Labels (line and tone)

    Using spot colours to print line-works and halftones. Halftone overprints should be limited to a maximum of three colours

  • Flexible packaging (narrow web)

    Flexible packaging <600mm wide

  • Flexible packaging (medium web)

    Flexible packaging 600-1000mm wide

  • Flexible packaging (wide web)

    Flexible packaging > 1000mm wide

  • UV Flexo on paper or board

    The use of UV inks (including UV-LED ink) on paper or board substrates

  • Corrugated post-print (A, B, C and D flute)

    Post-print flexo on corrugated board with A, B, C of D fluting

  • Corrugated post-print (E and F flute)

    Post-print flexo on corrugated board with E or F fluting

  • Best use of hybrid printing

    Using flexo as the main printing process but using different processes to give the print additional qualities or attributes

  • Process colours only

    Using just CMYK with or without a white or a varnish

  • Originally printed by another process

    Any flexo job which was originally printed by a different process (a print sample of the previous printing process must be included)

  • Digital labels and packaging

    Any packaging or labels which have been printed with digital printing technology

  • Best use of embellishment

    Using embossing, foiling or any other embellishments to make visually stunning results on packaging or labels

  • Environmentally sustainable company of the year

    Print companies that can demonstrate their commitment to the environment by implementing policies which reduce waste, emissions or carbon footprint. This could be achieved with investment in infrastructure or management of consumable materials. Entrants should submit a 500 word report which outlines how they meet the criteria of this category, as well as any supporting documents which will help the judges make their assessment.

  • Best newcomer

    For companies which have not entered the awards before, or in the last five years. (You will need to have entered another category to be eligible)

  • Best use of ECG

    The best example of using an extended colour gamut print production (fixed palette production). Entries should demonstrate: A) How using ECG has removed the use of all spot colours B) Two or more jobs batched together in the same print run using the same ECG colour set.

  • Promotional print

    Flexo print produced to showcase the abilities of a printer. (Must be submitted by the printer and can NOT be a commercial job).

  • Innovation - supplier only category

    New products and services for the flexographic industry which have been launched and are commercially available in the 12 months prior to 8 July 2022. Not eligible for printers. Please submit sufficient documentation to explain the innovation entry in detail to the judges. This should include a summary (minimum 200 words) supported by product brochures, colour photos, videos (if available), customer testimonials and any other relevant evidence of the entry’s merit in advancing the flexographic printing process. If insufficient documentation is supplied, the entry will not be put forward to the judges.

    FlexoTech Awards