The meaning of print in today’s society

The meaning of print in today’s society

In collaboration with London College of Communication, we are running a project for photojournalism degree students to celebrate and explore the history of print, as well as looking at what print means in today’s society. The students’ brief is to use the power of photojournalism to show a positive story of how diverse the printing sector is.

The project’s aim is to give a real world brief to help students build their confidence and portfolios. The15 participating students have the opportunity during the course of the project to meet and receive guidance from Tina Carr, Director of the Rory Peck Trust, Mark George, CEO of photography agency, Mark George Management, Neil Lovell, our Chief Executive, and Susan Truseler, who manages our social media.

Meeting some of the students to discuss their initial research of print techniques and story angles for their projects, Mark George commented: “Five students with five ideas about a project to produce five images with the key word ‘print’. Each one came with a unique approach, all of which, with dedication, thought and hard work, should produce some very interesting pictures. These are good students who had really considered the project, taken it seriously and surprised me with the standard of their work. I look forward to seeing the next stage.”

Tina Carr says: “This is a challenging brief. It’s about communicating to those who will look at the image, but it has a wider application: how do you get photography to tell stories that make people really care about them?”

The students will present their submissions on 5 March when the judges will be looking to select three students’ work for credited use in our publicity material. The winning trio will receive a Print Futures Award and automatic membership of our Print Futures Awards Alumni Programme.

A selection of the students’ final work will also be displayed at our AGM in June and our Annual Luncheon in November.


Photo by Ana Escobar

VMC teams up with world’s biggest trade fair for print

Creative Digital Industries are delighted to announce a new collaboration for the Visual Media Conference 2018, having gained the support of drupa, the world’s biggest trade fair for printing technologies.

The association, an exciting combination of two leading exponents in the field of communications, reflects the Visual Media Conference’s growing popularity since its beginnings in 2014, where the Leeds based event now attracts both national and international attendance by those in the creative, digital, print and packaging industries.

Drupa, which attracted over 260,000 visitors from 188 countries at its latest exhibition in 2016 and proved once again that no other event in the industry has a stronger international attraction and radiance, will be sponsoring the 2018 Visual Media Conference in the run up to its next big event in Düsseldorf, to be held on 16-26 June 2020.

With its clearly defined structure, drupa, the no. 1 for printing technologies, offers a contrasting yet complementary experience to the VMC, where visitors come from a wide cross section of industries ranging from print and packaging to vertical markets such as consumer and luxury goods to view the innovative and cutting edge printing technology exhibitions.

The VMC, which prides itself on world class speakers from top brands, has built its reputation on the ‘long’ version of the marketing and communication supply chain from brand owner to consumer, and has a growing audience of designers, digital and advertising agencies as well as the brand influencers whose budgets decide what the supply chain will be paid to deliver.

Both events aim to showcase the very best and latest technologies and techniques so that businesses can investigate, test and offer in order to stay in the lead.

The VMC, due to be held at the Leeds Rose Bowl on 27 March 2018, is looking forward to drupa’s participation and support.

For more information on drupa 2020, visit or contact Paul Evans at .To view the details for VMC 2018, visit

For further information please contact Meeka Walwyn-Lewis, CDi Manager at

Call for entries to the 2018 Print Futures Awards

Call for entries to the 2018 Print Futures Awards

The Printing Charity is calling for entries to the 2018 Print Futures Awards. Grants of up to £1,500 are available to help people aged 18 to 30 years pay for recognised UK training courses for careers in the UK printing, paper, publishing, packaging and graphic arts sectors or to develop their existing workplace skills in those sectors.

The Awards are open to UK residents, who

  • intend or are studying for a UK printing, paper, publishing, packaging or graphic arts qualification
  • work in UK print-related organisations and want to undertake short courses to develop their careers
  • are apprentices or studying for NVQs in UK print-related organisations

The closing date for applications is midnight on 29 April 2018. For more information and an application form, please see

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, says: “Since 2009 the annual Print Futures Awards have helped 236 young people train and progress their careers in the industry. This year our focus is on attracting more applications from people working in the industry, particularly those in UK-based SMEs, as well as apprentices and those studying for NVQs.”

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in London in early June by a panel of judges drawn from across the industry sectors and winners will receive their Awards in London in July.

This year’s Print Futures Awards are sponsored by SAXOPRINT, The Book Trade Charity and Unite the Union GPM & IT Sector, and supported by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), the Journalists’ Charity and St Bride Foundation.