10th Annual Caxton Awards - Antalis in conjunction with Sappi- 17-03-2011
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Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd and SAPPI once again reward excellence
In 2001 Antalis South Africa, in conjunction with SAPPI, kicked off the Caxton Awards. The objective of these awards is to promote excellence in newspaper printing and it encourages all members of the Caxton Group of regional newspapers, comprising more than 100 different titles, submit copies of their publications to be stringently judged by a panel of experts.
Earlier this month we hosted the 10th Annual Caxton Awards Lunch at our head office, which was attended by a number of representatives of Caxton publications, two of the three competition judges, as well as Ross Churchill of SAPPI. The OH Frewin judging criteria, as used for judging the Daily Newspapers, aim to encourage and reward publishers who stand out in their production of quality newspapers.
“The awards and the technical committee, chaired by Billy Richards of the MIddelberg Observer, have contributed enormously to the dramatic improvement in all the publications. I wish we had kept some of the newspapers from 10 years ago, I know we’d be shocked both by how far we’ve come and how far we needed to come!” commented a jovial Keith Solomon, Director of Antalis, proud host to the awards again this year.
‘We are all in search of excellence and these awards recognise the people who take this quest for exceptional quality to heart producing ever-improving publications. Once again we awarded three publications for outstanding performance and printing excellence.
Jan Herman Geurste collected third place on behalf of The Newcastle Advertiser. Caxton Industria took second place with their prize being awarded to Graeme Burn and first place for the most improved publication went to The Highway Mail.
Whilst newspaper publications worldwide are being pressurised by the expansion of booming online mediums it is exciting to see how strong the South African newspaper industry continues to be. There are few newspaper publications that are not touched by Antalis and we know that further drastic improvements will be seen as the Caxton Group move into the computer-to-plate arena.
Congratulations to all the entrants to this year’s competition and specifically our three top winners, continue to keep a sharp eye and focus on excellence.” concluded Solomon.