World Association of News Publishers

WAN-IFRA “Print Innovation Awards 2019” open for entries.

WAN-IFRA “Print Innovation Awards 2019” open for entries.

Frankfurt am Main – 2019-03-25

WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, is inviting entries for its 2d annual Print Innovation Awards. The Awards is an initiative of the World Printers Forum, the print community of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. The competition celebrates the most innovative print ads as well as newspaper and magazine publishers’ products worldwide. The awards will be presented in Berlin on the first exhibition day of the IFRA World Publishing Expo, on Tuesday 8 October 2019.

Innovations in the publishing industry are not confined to the digital sector but are also to be found in print. In order to demonstrate this to a wider public worldwide, the World Printers Forum has launched the Print Innovation Awards in 2018. With these awards, the WAN-IFRA’s World Printers Forum has closed a gap. Although there are many media prizes as well as regional print awards, the WAN-IFRA Print Innovation Awards is the only worldwide competition with a clear focus on innovative print projects. 

The “Print Innovation Awards” competition recognise the most highly innovative print ads as well as newspaper and magazine publishers’ products worldwide and is open to newspaper and magazine publishers as well as advertisers or advertising agencies.  Previous Awards winners include El Tiempo (Colombia), Südkurier (Germany), Bennett Coleman and Co (India), Aftenposten (Norway), Funke Mediengruppe (Germany), Arab News (UK), Diari Ara (Spain), Presse-Druck und Verlags (Germany), Vacharaphol Co (Thailand), Prayukti Publications (India), Vaduzer Medienhaus (Liechtenstein), Mediengruppe Straubinger (Germany), VRM (Germany), Waspada (Indonesia).  

Award Categories

A jury of international experts, members of the World Printers Forum Board, evaluates the submitted products. Gold, silver and bronze prizes are awarded in each category. Outstanding products receive international recognition – at the stage of the IFRA World Publishing Expo, in a special brochure and at international events. Successful case studies will be presented also at the World Printers Forum Conference 2020.  The Print Innovation Awards are presented in seven categories: 

  1. Advertising Innovation
  2. Product Innovation
  3. New Products
  4. Re-designed Products
  5. Special Editions
  6. Young Reader Products
  7. Business Innovations


Entries can now be submitted at the following link: The closing date for entries and upload of project files is Wednesday 31 July 2019.

More information about the Print Innovation Awards 2019 can be found at the following links:

Tickets for all events of the “Berlin Publishing Days” including the Expo and the “Berlin Publishing Night” can be ordered here:

About the “Berlin Publishing Days” 

The the “Berlin Publishing Days” include the World Printers Forum Conference on 7 October, the IFRA World Publishing Expo and the DCX Digital Content Expo on 8 and 9 October, the “Berlin Publishing Night” on 8 October, and the “Berlin Publishing Tours” to printers, publishers and start-ups on 10 October 2019.

The IFRA World Publishing Expo is the must-attend annual event for newspaper and news media executives. Exhibitors at IFRA World Publishing Expo include innovative suppliers to the publishing industry who present solutions and products that help boost efficiency, lower costs and increase margins. At Expo, there will be presentations on key trends and experts discussing the hottest topics in news publishing.  The DCX Digital Content Expo , held concurrently with IFRA World Publishing Expo, presents ideas and solutions for content creation and distribution over mobile, social, online and new emerging digital platforms. The combination of an international marketplace and a high-quality conference programme makes IFRA and DCX the place to be for media companies and digital publishers. 

ABOUT WAN-IFRA AND PUBLISHING EXHIBITION. WAN-IFRA is the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. Its mission is to protect the rights of journalists and publishers around the world to operate independent media. WAN-IFRA provides its members with expertise and services to innovate and prosper in a digital world and perform their crucial role in society. With formal representative status at the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe, it derives its authority from its global network of leading news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and its legitimacy from its 80 national association members representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries. Publishing Exhibition GmbH & Co. KG, the organiser of the IFRA World Publishing Expo and the DCX Digital Content Expo, is a joint venture of WAN-IFRA and børding Holding GmbH (børding messe)

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