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Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

ASDPT Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition

Honoring excellent student work in the specialty imaging field.

 Show the imaging community that you have what it takes to excel in this industry with an esteemed Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition Award. Highly sought after by graphic arts students, Academy awards honor superior imaging work within a variety of categories. Entrants represent secondary (high school and vocational) students and post-secondary (technical school, college or university) students. 

The 2018 competition deadline has passed. Winners will be announced at the 2018 SGIA Expo!

Free to enter!


This is a great opportunity for students to have samples of their finest work evaluated by Academy experts. All submissions will be displayed to industry leaders from around the world at the 2018 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, NV, October 18-20, 2018, and winners will be awarded at the show. Click here for more information on the competition judges and judging criteria.


SGIA Educational Institution Members are invited to submit samples in any of the categories on behalf of their students. (Not a member? Join Now!)

  • Samples must be printed by students of the member school
  • There are no fees associated with entering
  • Entries can be an individual or team effort

Educational Divisions

Two divisions of the competition will be judged separately - Secondary (High School and Vocational) and Post-Secondary (Technical School, College or University).

Award Categories

Best of Show

Two exceptional entries, one from each division (secondary and post secondary), will be chosen from the Award of Excellence winners, and will be honored with the Best of Show award. Best of Show winners receive a special Academy Student Achievement Award and a cash prize of $500 to use toward their graphic arts education. Instructors will also receive $500 to use toward their school’s graphic arts educational program.

Award of Excellence

First place winners within each category receive an Academy Student Achievement Award.

Certificate of Merit

An honorable mention may be awarded from each category.

Additionally, each school will receive a plaque to showcase their winning students who were honored with the Award of Excellence, Certificate of Merit and/or Best in Show Award.


NOTE: Entries on display are attached using staples. SGIA is not responsible for damage to entries when they are hung for display. We encourage matting and/or framing entries to avoid any damage.

Sponsored by the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies

In memory of one of the strongest supporters of the screen print industry, the Academy dedicated its Student Printing Competition to Tom Frecska, the late editor of ScreenPrinting Magazine. Tom, who passed away suddenly in 2009, recognized the importance of and supported the education of students in the screen printing process. The competition was renamed the Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition.

The Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies (ASDPT) was established by the SGIA Board of Directors in 1973. The Academy recognizes individuals who have contributed to the technical growth and/or advancement of the screen and digital printing industries.