Masked Judges Pick 64 Winners in In-Print 2020 Contest
After being forced to cancel the judging of the In-Print 2020 contest back in March due to the coronavirus, IPI and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) brought together four in-plant managers on Sept. 23 to finally judge the contest – using a much different set of procedures. After a full day of judging, they selected 64 Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners, plus four additional Judges' Recognition Award winners.
Judges met inside IPMA headquarters, in Kearney, Mo., wearing face masks and keeping their distance as they examined the 351 entries in the contest. Those pieces, submitted back in January, have been sitting on shelves for eight months, awaiting judging.
The four judges who were willing to drive to Kearney and spend their day at this task, despite the risks, were:
- Curt Hastings, Illinois Farm Bureau
- Mark McCarty, Missouri State University
- Ben Fowler, Shelter Insurance
- Jeff McNeeley, University of Missouri
Assisting them from IPMA were Mike Loyd, Jennifer Chambers, and Theresa Hatcher. Observing the judging via a daylong Zoom call were Bob Neubauer, Yale’s Frank Savino (contest chair), Larry Clements (who will photograph the winners), and Chris Donlon, of Kohler (outgoing contest chair). Neubauer gave the judges some instructions to start them off, and answered occasional questions during the day.
Judges used hand sanitizer frequently and tables were sanitized between each category. They took frequent breaks to go outside for fresh air on a beautiful fall day in Missouri.
After all of the offset-printed winners were picked, judges reexamined all the Gold award winners and selected one Best of Show winner for the offset categories. When the non-offset pieces were judged, they again picked a Best of Show winner from those Gold winners.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners will be announced in the coming days. The Best of Show winners’ identities will be revealed at a later time.
Awards are traditionally presented during IPMA’s June conference, which did not take place this year. Plans are for the 2020 awards to be presented at IPMA’s 2021 conference, at which time the Best of Show winners will also be revealed.
In-Print, the only printing contest exclusively for in-plants, is a partnership between In-plant Impressions and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association.
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, cosponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.