International Hologram Manufacturers Association Invites Excellence in Holography 2007 Award Nominations

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The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), now in its 14th year, is preparing for the annual Excellence in Holography Awards which are due to take place on November 15th 2007. The IHMA are currently inviting external nominations in six categories celebrating excellence in the hologram industry. For further information and a list of previous years' winners, visit: http://www.ihma.org/index.php?action=expansion&levelno=0&levelid=9

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Applications are now being invited for the Excellence in Holography Awards 2007. Held by the IHMA and sponsored by Holography News, the awards are presented in recognition of outstanding innovations in holography which offer major commercial benefits to the producers and their customers. In the 14 years since they were established, these annual awards have recognised many of the groundbreaking developments within the holographic industry.

As in previous years, the awards cover all different types of holographic technology and there will be six categories for hologram manufacturers to compete within - authentication and hologram security, packaging, promotion/illustration and industrial (a new category introduced last year), along with Best New Product and Best New Technique. From these and the other categories one winner will be chosen for the Best of the Year Award. Last year this achievement was won by Hologram Industries, University of Liège Hololab and Lucimed for Luminette® spectacles which are used for phototherapy (the therapeutic use of light to correct disorders based on light deficiency) and which contain holographic optical elements to focus light into patients' eyes.

A further award, the Brian Monaghan Award for Business Innovation, is made at the discretion of the IHMA to an individual judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the hologram industry. Past winners of this award include Brian Monaghan himself (posthumously), Sal D'Amato of ABNH, Werner Reinhart of Kurz, Gunther Dausmann of Hologram Industries Research and, last year, the leading hologram inventor Steve McGrew.

Companies and individuals are invited to submit nominations regarding projects involving commercial holograms produced after August 1, 2006, and multiple applications are welcome. The closing date for nominations is September 15, 2007. The awards will be presented at the Holo-pack.Holo-print conference dinner in Hong Kong on November 15th. The conference will also feature a display of holographic products from the winners and runners-up.

Copies of the application form can also be downloaded from the website (http://www.ihma.org). For further information, please contact Astrid Mitchell:

International Hologram Manufacturers Association
2A High Street
Shepperton
TW17 9AW
UK
+44 (0) 1932 269917
info(at)ihma.org

About the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA):
The IHMA (http://www.ihma.org) is a not-for-profit membership organisation designed to promote the interests of holographic technology manufacturers worldwide. Composed of 70 of the world's leading holographic companies - from industrial and packaging to authentication and hologram security - the organisation ensures that the standards of quality and professionalism are maintained. The organisation was founded in 1993 and has secretariat offices in the UK and North America.

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