The countdown has begun to find the best commercial holography applications with nominations now open for the 2011 industry awards.
Organised by the International Hologram Manufacturers Association’s (IHMA), the annual Excellence in Holography Awards recognise outstanding achievement and mark those who have been at the forefront of the industry, introducing innovative or commercially viable hologram products or techniques over the past year.
Attended by delegates from hologram suppliers, manufacturers and users worldwide, the awards will be presented at this year’s Holo-pack Holo-print conference dinner in Las Vegas, USA on November 10. A display of product from the winners and runners-up will be on show at the conference.
The closing date for applications is August 31, 2011 and must be for hologram projects involving commercial production after August 1, 2010. Any company or individual is eligible to enter - not just IHMA members. The categories are:
* Innovation in Holographic Technology
* Best HOE application
* Best Origination
* Best Applied Security Product
* Best Applied Decorative Product
The annual Brian Monaghan Award for Business Innovation, given at the discretion of the Board, will also be presented in recognition of outstanding industry achievement and contribution.
Entries will be judged by a panel of experts – a representative of the IHMA Secretariat and two invited independent judges: an authentication specialist and a promotion or design expert.
IHMA chairman Adam Scheer said: “The awards celebrate the very best in holographic achievement and the many remarkable innovations the industry introduces each year.
“We expect that creativity, design excellence and quality will again be to the fore with this year’s crop of entries, showing how holography continues to push forward the holographic boundaries technically and commercially.”
Anyone involved in a hologram project can enter while others can nominate holographic projects for an Award as long as they provide details of the user or producer of the hologram.