2016 Print Excellence Awards

Western States Printing Alliance (WSPA) was thrilled to once again host the Print Excellence Awards in 2016, a signature event of the association.

The competition celebrated the extraordinary craft of creating unique and amazingly beautiful printed pieces. For the first time ever, it was truly regional in nature, where printers from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming were all encouraged to participate.

More than 130 entries were received representing the very best print and on April 7th and April 28th the winners were recognized at respective events held at Rustler’s Rooste in Phoenix and the Embassy Suites Hotel in Denver. Each event also featured the presentation of Employee Recognition Awards to outstanding team members who made a difference.

In Phoenix, a silent auction to support GCEF was also held and the Z.A. Prust Industry Achievement Award was presented to Peggy Deal.

To view this year’s winning pieces and the list of Employee Recognition Award recipients, CLICK HERE. The Awards Showcase also acknowledges the support of our generous sponsors and thanks all those involved in putting on the competition.

It is not too early to be putting aside your best pieces of 2016 for consideration in next year’s competition!


Complete List of Winners (By Category)

Company Entry Award
Best of Show – Phoenix
O’Neil Printing Let’s Rethink High School
Best of Show – Denver
Vision Graphics Denver Diamond Spas
People’s Choice – Phoenix
O’Neil Printing Let’s Rethink High School
People’s Choice – Denver
Vision Graphics Denver McLaren Racing
Lithotech Edwards Why Do We Give Gold
Books, Non-Hardbound
Vision Graphics Denver Diamond Spas Gold
Lithotech Philosophy: Ultimate Miracle Worker Silver
Ironwood Local Motors Inc. Bronze
O’Neil Printing Western Alliance: WAL 2014 Annual Report Gold
Cereus Graphics Dillon Silver
O’Neil Printing The Ritz – Carlton, Kapalua Silver
Cereus Graphics Gauthier Gold
Henry Wurst, Inc. Hardy Starts Silver
Ironwood Spear Silver
Ironwood Cox G1GABLAST Bronze
O’Neil Printing The Urban Electric Co: Lookbook Bronze
Corporate Identity
Henry Wurst, Inc. CHFA Community Report Gold
O’Neil Printing ACF: Powerful Force For Good, AR 2015 Silver
Henry Wurst, Inc. Ride To Space Calendar Bronze
Digital Brochure
Cereus Graphics Dell Hyper Wars Gold
Vision Graphics Denver Portfolio Aspen Properties Silver
ASU Print & Imaging Lab Print Lab Promotional Brochure Bronze
Digital Greeting/Postcard
ASU Print & Imaging Lab ASU Holiday Card Gold
Digital Hardbound Book
Lithotech Philosophy: Love Gold
Vision Graphics Denver McLaren Racing Silver
Digital Invitation
Printing Specialists Danielle & Chris Wedding Invitation Gold
West Press WP Lunch-n-Learn Invitation Silver
Digital Non-Hardbound
ASU Print & Imaging Lab Print Lab Book Gold
ASU Print & Imaging Lab Julie Ann Wrigley GIOS Sustainability Book Silver
Ironwood Spear Annual Summit Guide Bronze
West Press Gadabout Salon Bronze
Lithotech Philosophy: The Gifts of Joy Gold
Hardbound Book
O’Neil Printing Sundt Construction 125th Anniversary Book Gold
O’Neil Printing Lifewater: Let Justice Flow Gold
O’Neil Printing Los Alamitos High School Yearbook 2015 Silver
O’Neil Printing Barrett Jackson: Gala Opening Night 2015 Gold
Cereus Graphics Talking Stick Resort New Years Eve Party Silver
Henry Wurst, Inc. Regis University Alumni Weekend Bronze
Vision Graphics Denver Inspirato: Invitation to Join Bronze
Large/Grand Format
O’Neil Printing Wallpaper with Cutouts Gold
ASU Print & Imaging Lab Adelphi Commons Silver
O’Neil Printing Acrylic Graphics Bronze
O’Neil Printing Capabilities Menu Bronze
Magazine: Heatset Web
Lithotech Creativ Volume 2 Issue 9 Gold
O’Neil Printing McCall Gold
Lithotech Creativ Volume 2 Issue 7 Silver
Lithotech Creativ May 2015 Silver
Sundance Press SportsTravel October/November 2015 Bronze
Sundance Press Western Cowman Bronze
Marketing Campaign
Henry Wurst, Inc. Best Friends Benefit Gold
Alphagraphics #4 “Cheers To Success” Personalized Box Silver
Vision Graphics Denver Drenched Fitness Bronze
Lithotech Gift Box Gold
O’Neil Printing Edgenuity Gold
Cereus Graphics Cereus Silver
Henry Wurst, Inc. New Hope Network Silver
West Press UA Letterman’s Club Congrats Box Bronze
Poster/Art Reproduction
C&D Printing, Inc. T.A. Barron Gold
Printing Specialists Reproduction of Customer’s Artwork Silver
Ironwood Barrett-Jackson Calendar Bronze
Presentation Folder
O’Neil Printing Capstone Homes: Elevate Your Estate Gold
West Press UA Foundation Silver
Henry Wurst, Inc. Bona Bronze
O’Neil Printing Zephyr Bronze
Cereus Graphics Cereus Gold
Alphagraphics #4 “Imagine The Possibilities” Silver
ASU Print & Imaging Lab Print Lab Book Bronze
Special Finishing
Cereus Graphics Cereus Gold
Cereus Graphics New Years Eve Party Silver
Cereus Graphics Dell Hyper Wars Silver
Alphagraphics #4 Pei Wei “Club Gold Member” Bronze
Cereus Graphics Gauthier Bronze
The Impossible
O’Neil Printing Let’s Rethink High School Gold
Variable Data Printing
Alphagraphics #4 “I’m Still Here” 25 Years Later… Gold


Student Winners

Company Entry Award School
Class Project
Lauren Anderson Wolf’s Print Newspaper Gold Desert Mountain H.S.
Katie Peairs Packaging SNAP GRACoL SWOP Silver Scottsdale Community Coll.
Kyle Pendley Big Boned Brew Magazine Spread Bronze Arizona State University
Graphic Design/Branding
Nathan Bolek Silken Branding and Packaging Gold Scottsdale Community Coll.
Alexis Hale CongenialiTea Branding Silver Scottsdale Community Coll.
Shelby Tsui Refresh Style Guide Silver Scottsdale Community Coll.
Anna Golabi Decadence Style Guide Bronze Scottsdale Community Coll.
Andrew Walsh Additions Style Guide Bronze Scottsdale Community Coll.
Marketing Material
Yoo-Jin Seong Indianapolis 500 Gold Scottsdale Community Coll.
Nadezhda Ames X Games Promotion Silver Scottsdale Community Coll.
Joseph Glover BlizzCon Guide Book Silver Scottsdale Community Coll.
Abbi Benton Red Cross Annual Report Bronze Scottsdale Community Coll.
Shar Rudland Red Cross Annual Report Bronze Scottsdale Community Coll.
Kyle Pendley Natural Bridge From Above Gold Arizona State University
Zuzanna Czerny Sunset Silhouettes Silver Arizona State University
Tara Tingey Metallic Valentine Silver Arizona State University
Zuzanna Czerny Sunset Kissed Pier 39 Bronze Arizona State University
Kyle Pendley Niagara Maid of the Mist Bronze Arizona State University
Abbi Benton Red Cross Gold Scottsdale Community Col.
Tara Tingey Walk for Autism Silver Arizona State University
Amelia Whittington Panic at the Disco Bronze Desert Mountain H.S.
Hannah Emery Don’t Be A Product Bronze Desert Mountain H.S.