Refraction Groups Parent Company Image Options Gains Industry-Wide Recognition at the SGIA Expo

International Golden Image competition offers year-long bragging rights

The 2015 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo brought together leaders of the specialty imaging industry this year in Atlanta. In addition to a successful showcase, Image Options, Foothill Ranch, CA was recognized in the Association’s prestigious Golden Image Competition with a Silver Award, Bronze Award and an Honorable Mention.

“I am very proud of the Image Options team,” said Tim Bennett, CEO  “Our work was compared to the best in the world, and we came out on top. That’s quite an accomplishment!”

Nearly 400 entries in 53 product categories were submitted from 87 companies from around the world. Conducted during the 2015 SGIA Expo (Atlanta; November 4-6, 2015), this year’s event was one of the most challenging in recent history.

“The judges had a very difficult time this year, not because of the sheer volume of entries, but because of the overall quality of the work. Judges in virtually every category told me the entries were so good that choosing winners was a real challenge,” said Johnny Shell, SGIA’s Vice President of Technical Services.

Shell added that the Golden Image competition is judged on the technical accomplishments of each entry, excluding aesthetic issues from the evaluation and scoring process. Prints are judged on the level of difficulty and quality of execution.

“Winning the Silver, Bronze and an Honorable mentions for Back-Lighted Signs, Ad/Specialty Promotional Products and Retail/POP Displays/Exhibits catagories puts Image Options among the top specialty printers in the world in terms of quality and capability. The ability to consistently print such high-quality products indicates that Image Options is an expert at controlling the many variables involved in specialty printing,” Shell said.

A recap of the 2015 SGIA Expo — including the complete list of Golden Image winners — will be available online at

SGIA — Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community

“Specialty imaging” comprises digital imaging, screen printing and the many other imaging technologies SGIA members use, including those they’ll tap in the future. These are the imaging processes and technologies employed to create new products and to enhance existing products including point-of-purchase displays, printed electronics, membrane switches, signs, advertisements, garments, containers and vehicles. Make the most of your specialty imaging business.

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