2018 Contest Winners

It takes a Villages: Daily Sun sweeps Best In Show in Southern Lithoplate/Inland Press Association Print Quality Competition


The Villages (Florida) Daily Sun was judged Best In Show for both the color and black-and-white categories in the 2018 Southern Lithoplate/Inland Press Association Print Quality Competition.

“Southern Litho adds our congratulations for the fine work done by all of the winners this year,” said Ted McGrew, Southern Lithoplate’s vice president, sales.  “In a day and age where commitment to print is in question, the work of these fine newspapers speaks volumes of their commitment to quality printing.  It goes without saying that I am again delighted to award the best in show to The Villages Daily Sun, published by Villages Media Group, a company whose commitment to quality print is second to none.”

Judges remarked that the two images chosen for this year’s competition—a giant humming bird alighting on tropical flowers for the color proof and a highly detailed photo of a century-old bank building—were particularly challenging to print.

Some papers, they noted, tried to overcompensate for the subtle gradations, especially in the color image. The judges had a hard time determining winners, especially in the black-and-white category.

Entries were judged by Dennis Cheeseman, director of research and development for US Ink; Steve Johnson, founder and CEO of Copresco, a digital on-demand printing business in Carol Stream, Illinois; and John Nicoli, national account manager/aftermarket services for manroland web systems.

This year, all circulation categories were combined. As always, entries were evaluated on how close the came to reproducing proofs of a color image and/or a black-and-white image. The photo had to be published in the regular run of the newspaper. The Best in Show winners in each category received a $500 cash prize from Southern Lithoplate.

Here are the competition results:


Best In Show: The Villages (Florida) Daily Sun

2nd: The Bulletin, Bend, Oregon

3rd: Bozeman (Montana) Daily Chronicle


Best In Show: The Villages (Florida) Daily Sun

2nd: Santa Fe New Mexican

3rd: NewsTribune, La Salle, Illinois