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Welcome to the brave new world of Picas, Diemans and NPA direct entry

Tuesday, 28 October 2014
By Patrick Howard

Tony Abbott’s initiation of a ‘new federalism’ comes in the wake of a similar reconfiguration of the printing awards system around Australia. There are now at least three different types of awards with no automatic entry by state winners into the National Print Awards next May.

The industry is almost evenly split on holding state competitions and working towards the NPA. Queensland and Western Australia are holding fast to the PICAs with Tasmania rebranding its local awards as the Diemans. South Australia/Northern Territory, NSW and Victoria have all decided against a local derby and look to the NPA as the competition that matters. Printers in the three Pica states have enjoyed their celebratory nights in the past two weeks with good turnouts in Brisbane, Hobart and Perth.

Tasmania kicked off the awards season at the Hobart Function Centre with the new Diemen Awards, which featured the presentation of more than 50 categories combined with individual awards for Print Apprentice of the Year, Digital Student of the Year and Design Student of the Year.

More than 300 entries were received in a competition that saw multiple Dieman Awards  – formerly the Gold Pica – awarded in quite a number of categories due to the high standards achieved.  The individual awards were won by:

  • Print Apprentice of the Year – Jeremy Scott – Impress Print
  • Digital Student of the Year – Kira Atto – Tas Tafe
  • Design Student of the Year – Anthony Klimeck – Tas Tafe
  • Young Leader Award – Jeremy Scott – Impress Print

Full results here.

Up in Queensland at The Marquee, Victoria Park, Brisbane there were 20 printing awards handed out along with three individuals categories including LIA apprentice of the year, which went to Paul Talbot, Greenridge print machining apprentice.  The Progressive Trophy was a stand out. Created to recognise and reward an exceptional individual showing exemplary promise as a future leader in the print, packaging and communications sector it was awarded to Claire Hamilton of Filter Studio.

Full results here

Last but never say least, Western Australia, chimed in last weekend with a stellar night at which 38 printing awards were handed out in addition to five specials:

  • Rio Chard from Scott Print was recognised with the Media Super Future Leaders Award
  • Advance Press won the Stockman Paper Merchants Best of Category Award
  • Theo Pabst was recognised with the Printing Industry Recognition Award
  • Scott Print picked up the FutureNow Commitment to Workforce Development Award
  • Scott Print was also awarded the Environment Award Open to Green Stamp certified printing companies.

Full results here.

The ACT is holding its Page Awards  Friday, 28 November at the National Press Club with 15 categories addressing such sectors as Service to Industry, Excellence in Branding & corporate identity and Excellence in Film & video production. Truly the industry is moving towards an eclectic mix of awards to suit everyone.

'The emphasis of the print awards will remain on print quality.' Bill Healey

In the wash up the local competitions were very well supported but printers are reminded there is no automatic entry by the winners any longer into the NPA next year. Individual companies will still have to enter their work to be judged on a national stage.

According to Bill Healey, CEO Printing Industries, the categories for the NPA are under revision with a subcommittee chaired by Susan Heaney and including external industry representatives to oversee the awards. It is working with the Chairman of Judges to select judges, review categories and manage the judging process.

“This is intended to ensure consistency, thoroughness, transparency and to reflect current technological and process trends in the category and judging processes. Members of the existing committee have been invited to join the revamped arrangement,” said Healey.

The NPA 2015 will be held in conjunction with the PrintEx Exhibition in Sydney in May.




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