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Big night out: National Print Awards shines

Thursday, 31 May 2007
By Print 21 Online Article

Drawing a record crowd to the slap-up dinner at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre, the event was its usual joyous amalgam of networking, talking, meeting and drinking that went on late into the night. Complete with glitz and glamour, the night was hosted by well-known television identities Sandra Sully (pictured) and Paul Martell, and proved why it retains its position as the premiere festival of the industry.

“Congratulations to all winners tonight,” said chairman Scott Telfer. “Be it bronze, silver or gold, you have carved out a position in the history of the National Print Awards.” He paid a heartfelt tribute to Sid Thompson, one of the original founders of the NPA and its mainstay for many years, who passed away earlier this year.

The PaperlinX award went to Tibor Sic. Tibor completed his third year apprenticeship in 2006 at the Sydney Institute, TAFE Ultimo and is currently employed by Penfold Buscombe.

The Heidelberg Australia Award went to Reg Hammond of Lilyfield Printing.

The Agfa Graphics Award went to SEP Sprint and was accepted by Mark Reid. This is the first time for a printing company to win the same award twice in a row.

Telfer said that this year’s awards attracted many entries that made for some tough competition and judging; he pointed to the state-based PICAs held in Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland as a good means of support and integration with the National Print Awards. “It is possible that the National Print Awards may evolve into what could be called the ‘best of the best’, a national competition based on the winning entries of the state PICAs,” he said.

Pictured below: Apprentice Tibor Sic (left) with Martin Fothergill, PaperlinX,

Pictured below: John Shore (left), general manager of Agfa; Mark Reid (centre), director of SEP Print and Marc Op De Beeck (right), vice president global sales, Agfa.

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