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The Villages Daily Sun sweeps Best In Show in 2017 Print Quality Competition


Working on two very challenging images, the press and production crews at The Villages (Fla.) Daily Sun proved the excellence of their work by taking home the top awards in this year’s Southern Lithoplate/Inland Press Association Print Quality Competition.

Contest judges selected the Daily Sun as Best In Show in the both the black-and-white and color categories. The Best in Show winners in each category receive a $500 cash prize from Southern Lithoplate, the sponsor of the competition.

Newspapers were judged on how close the photographs published in their newspapers, during a regular press run, matched the proofs they were sent for the contest.

During the judging, held at Inland’s Des Plaines, Illinois office, judges remarked that each photograph brought its own challenge to the competition. The black-and-white image—a photo of the Taj Mahal—was highly detailed with subtle gradations of black and white. The color image—a crowded street scene in Mumbai, India—presented a different challenge with a riot of color from stores, vehicles and clothing.

Entries were judged by Dennis Cheeseman, director of research and development for US Ink and Steve Johnson, founder and CEO of Copresco, a digital on-demand printing business in Carol Stream, Illinois.

Here are the winners in each circulation category.

Best in Show

  • Color: The Villages (Fla.) Daily Sun
  • Black & White: The Villages (Fla.) Daily Sun 

Over 50,000 circulation

  • Color: The Villages (Fla.) Daily Sun
  • Black & White: The Villages (Fla.) Daily Sun

10,000-50,000 circulation

  • Color: The Bend (Ore.) Bulletin
  • Black & White – The Bend (Ore.) Bulletin

Less than 10,000 Circulation

  • Color – North Platte (Neb.) Telegraph 
  • Black & White –Petoskey (Mich.) News-Review

The Print Quality Contests awards were presented to winners by Ted McGrew, vice president of sales for Southern Lithoplate, at the joint Annual Meeting of Inland and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association in Colorado Springs Tuesday, September 12.