PINE has announced that J. S. McCarthy Printers of Augusta, Maine is an award winner in the Association’s New England regional Awards of Excellence Competition. The announcement was made April 5 during PINE’s Industry Awards Gala, held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA, with hundreds of industry professionals in attendance. PINE’s Awards of Excellence Competition, attracted over 320 entries from 41 printing and imaging companies across New England competing in a variety of printing and graphic communications categories such as best annual report, direct mail campaign, labels & packaging, and more.
J.S. McCarthy won twelve Pinnacle Awards (Best of Category), three Awards of Recognition, and three Awards of Merit. In addition, J.S. McCarthy won the Best Use of Paper Award as well as the Judge’s Choice Award. A panel of judges with extensive experience in printing and print production was brought in to examine the wide range of work submitted. Each entry was judged anonymously on its own merit in a category with similar printed pieces. The judging criteria included: registration, clarity and neatness, sharpness of halftones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, paper and ink selection, ink coverage, difficulty of printing, effective contrast or softness, overall visual impact and bindery.
“Our judges have a total of 80 years of print production experience and are invited across the country to other PIA associations to judge so they have seen all levels of print,” said Christine Hagopian, PINE’s Director of Programs. “The quality of PINE members' entries can stand up against any other across the country. Our members should be very proud of that.”