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21st National Print Awards call for entries

Friday, 22 August 2003
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“If excellence is your goal, and the level at which you’re delivering to your customers, then you should let your market know – and that means thinking about recognition of your work all year round,” he says.

“As soon as a project strikes you as being of a gold standard, set it aside for a submission. Then when the call for entries comes around, you’re ready to be in it.”

This year’s Awards, the first of the new-generation presentations under the banner of the Printing Industries Association of Australia, saw an increase in entrants, attendances and in patrons. Now the new-style National Print Awards will move to Sydney for the 2004 show.

The 21st Celebration Awards will be held in the ballroom at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, on Friday, March 19.

Says Carrigan: “This means that printers will not have to leave their businesses in the middle of the week. In fact, they’ll be able to plan a weekend of recovery and unstressing in the harbour city after the Awards.”

A revised category format, as approved by the judging sub-committee, will see a streamlined awards list as well as the Sponsors awards, being presented. Agfa, Australian Paper and Heidelberg have already confirmed their sponsorship for the 21st awards.

The awards cover the gamut of printing, in terms of technologies and formats, including achievements in processes such as inkjet.

For example, a ‘Special printing category will recognize achievements in printing on unusual substrates, such as glass or plastic, while ‘outside-the-square’ applications can earn a Gold Medal for ‘Innovation’.

“This is not a show for just the big boys, far from it,” states Carrigan. “Categories for printing businesses with less than four staff and from four-to-ten staff reflect our recognition of quality fulfilment, no matter what the company’s size.”

Entries must be submitted to Rachel Coad at Printing Industries Association of Australia, 18 – 20 Queens Ave Hawthorn no later than January 16, 2004. Any project completed in the period January 1 – December 31, 2003, is eligible.

For further information, contact Rachel Coad or Rick Deering, at the National Print Awards on (03) 9819 6144. Visit the National Print Awards website or send us an email to

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