Archive for the ‘Award’ Category

  • Printers set the ball rolling in WA

    A Printer’s Ball and the inauguration of a Printer’s Hall of Fame will light up the western state as it retains its reputation of innovation in celebrating print.

    The new event will be staged later in the year,  replacing the former PICA presentation dinner traditionally held in late August.

    Printing Industries State Manager, Western Australia, Paul Nieuwhof, said that with the re-introduction of direct entry into the National Print Awards and some states electing not to continue their PICA events in tough sponsorship conditions, the west decided to opt for something different.

    Paul Nieuwhof

    The new format will feature fewer protocols, changes to categories and entry conditions, separation of companies by size, a scheduling change and move to a more informal networking and social function.

    “Western Australia prides itself as being the first state to run a PICA from 1978 and it has been a continuing success story,” he said.  “We recognise the difficulties many states have been facing with sponsorship becoming more difficult, probably impacting on them a little sooner than in WA, and so we decided to completely re-think our approach. The result is a new kind of event from 2015.”

    Mr Nieuwhof said changes to entry conditions will limit the number of entries a company can submit per category and also group them according to company size.

    “By making this distinction it is expected that companies will be more likely to enter work into the more highly contested categories because they will be competing with like-sized businesses and not the big end of town,” he said.  “We also decided to move the event to 14 November and this will become the WA Printers Annual Ball. Formalities will be kept to a minimum with only a few business awards and the coveted Best of Category being announced. All winners will be recognised in the Winners’ Hall of Fame, which will be opened for viewing after the night’s formalities.”

    Mr Nieuwhof said it was intended that the Hall of Fame become an event within an event creating opportunities for recognising and congratulating the winners and encouraging attendance from companies who want to attend for networking but not necessarily as contestants.

    “We think that these changes will be successful in attracting more entries and will take the event forward both in the eyes of the sponsors, the contestants and those that come along on the night,” he said.

    Entry information will be available soon.

  • Songbird hits the high notes at NPA

    One of Australia’s leading ladies of song, Wendy Matthews, will head up the entertainment at this year’s Media Super National Print Awards.

    Bookings are now open for the 32nd National Print Awards Presentation Dinner and those intending to be at the celebration are encouraged to download a form from and return it as soon as possible, or to email organisers on

    Susan Heaney, Chair of NPA, said it was a real ‘coup’ to secure Matthews for the industry’s ‘night of nights’, which is already expected to be a sell-out event as it co-incides with the final day of the PrintEx15 exhibition at the nearby Sydney Showground, .

    “Wendy is a wonderful artist and powerful performer, with an extraordinary, crystal-clear voice and soulful style which has not only seen her music chart consistently over her long and illustrious career, but has earned her one of the strongest live followings in Australia,” Heaney said today.

    “We are delighted she is able to join us at this year’s Awards Dinner and would urge anyone who intends to be there to enjoy her performance and celebrate the achievements of our industry to book early as demand for tickets to the industry’s ‘night of nights’ is sure to be strong.”

    Matthews is one of the legends of Australian music, with an unrivalled reputation earned through her time with Models and Absent Friends, as well as her illustrious solo career. She has had numerous singles reach the Top 20 including Token Angels, Let’s Kiss, The Day You Went Away and Friday’s Child, several Top 20 albums, including three which went platinum, and is no stranger to Awards ceremonies, having won no less than seven Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards.

    As well as this first-class entertainment, guests will enjoy a sumptuous dinner and of course witness the presentation of the coveted National Print Awards Gold Medals together with several special awards, including the Media Super Young Executive of the Year, the Media Super Printing Industry Legend, the Currie Group Award for Brilliant Images in Print, the Fuji Xerox Effectiveness Award and the Heidelberg Australia Award for Excellence.

    For more information about the Awards – which will be held at Waterview in Bicentennial Park, on Friday 15 May – or to download a registration form, go to Tickets to the event are $125 a person.



  • 2014 Australian Packaging Design Awards

    The Packaging Council of Australia (PCA) is on the hunt to recognise and celebrate companies who are imaginative, innovative and creative in producing packaging of a high standard. The PCA calls on all brand owners, designers, retailers, manufacturers and raw material suppliers to enter their packaging creations. Participating in the Awards has assisted companies launch new products into the market, improve their corporate positioning, increase their business profile and build media and brand awareness on a national and international scale.

    Entrants have six product categories to select for entry, with the same Judging Criteria applied across all categories.

    –          Food
    –          Beverage
    –          Health & Beauty
    –          Household & Office
    –          Industrial & Supply Chain
    –          Seasonal & Promotional

    Packs must have entered the marketplace between January 1, 2013 and Friday, 22 August 2014.

    Entrants also vie for four Outstanding Achievement Awards that cover the areas of Accessibility, Design, Innovation and Sustainability. For the first time this year, a new is launching – Consumer Experience and Emerging Technologies Award.

    Entry rates
    Early Bird April Special rate: $165 per entry
    Normal rate $220 per entry incl. GST

    Key dates
    Wednesday, 30 April – Closing date for Early Bird Special Registration Rate
    Friday, 22 August – Registration Closing Date
    Friday, 5 September – Final day for packaging samples and Evaluation Documents to be submitted

    For more information or to register for your place, click here and follow the links.

  • Pride in Print 2014

    It’s the biggest party of the year and tables are going fast

    ONe month out there are less than 10 tables left for the Pride In Print Awards Night 2014. Get in now to avoid disappointment! Order forms can be found here, fill it out and either email it to or post it to PO Box 50166, Porirua. If you are an entrant of the 2014 campaign, there ise a special rate available for you – please fill out this form instead.

    Accommodation also needs to be booked as soon as possible. The organisers have secured special rates at the SkyCity and SkyCity Grand – $189 and $229 per night respectively. To take advantage of these fantastic deals, book through their websites: Sky City or SkyCity Grand. Make sure you enter the rate access code “PRIDE” – Otherwise you will be charged the standard room rate. If you get stuck, full booking instructions can be found here.

    If you have any questions give us a call on 04 237 0482.

  • LATMA Label Awards and Conference 2014

    LATMA invites you to come along and celebrate the best of the best in Australian labels at the 2014 Label Awards and Conference. The awards will be hosted at the Sebel Harbourside Resort in beautiful, historic Kiama on the NSW South Coast, just an hour 20 minute drive from Sydney Airport. On top of the main event, crowning the “Champion of Champions” from 7:00 pm on the Friday night, there will be panel discussions with guest speakers delving into vital topics, including the importance of good MIS workflow, updates on current employment and IR laws, and how weather economic trends.


    Fri 4th

    Registration from 9am for 10.00am start- Series of quest speakers and panel discussion.
    Afternoon – Open supplier displays and networking
    THE MAIN EVENT — LATMA Label Awards 2014 “Champion of Champions”, kicks off at 7.00pm pre dinner drinks for 7.30pm start

    Sat 5th

    9am – 12.00 noon – Guest speaker and networking opportunities.

    Event Costs

    AWARDS DINNER attendance only $165.00 (inc. GST) per person
    Mini conference and awards dinner $275.00 (inc. GST) per person

    Early bird discount of 10% off for bookings by 1 March 2014.

    More updates on guest speakers and presentations will follow.

    For further information on the location and hotel click here.

  • National Print Awards 2014

    The 31st National Print Awards will be staged at The Westin Sydney on Friday 23 May 2014.

    The Westin is located in the heart of Sydney, next to bustling Martin Place.

    A 15-minute walk from both Darling Harbour and Chinatown, the Westin is also close to several major car parks.

    Pre-dinner drinks from 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

  • GASA 2013 Printovation Awards dinner

    Here’s another reason for everyone in the local industry to gather together for a tipple – The GASA Printovation Awards are an annual celebration of innovation, creativity and high quality in print.  Please click here to download the PDF entry form.

    The Printovation Awards recognise and celebrates innovation, creativity and high quality in print by acknowledging Australian creative and print professionals who push the boundaries of print at a consistently high standard.

    The awards are judged across a range of key categories including Offset, Web, Digital (non-variable and variable/cross media), Point of Sale, Outdoor, Embellishment/Finishing and general.

    Presentation Dinner – Thursday 3 October 2013

    Join industry colleagues for the fourth annual GASA Printovation Awards presentation dinner at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney, and celebrate all that is exciting about innovative print communications. This is not your average awards night, it will be a lot of fun with a tight presentation session and plenty of time to chat and catch up.

    Registration: ($135 early bird registrations till 19 Sept, $150 thereafter). 10% discount applies to group bookings of 5 or more in one payment.

    When: 6.30pm till 10pm, Thursday 3 October 2013

    Parking: Darling Park, 201 Sussex Street, Sydney
    Click Here for map of Wilson Parking

    Attire: Smart casual


    6.30pm – Arrival & Drinks
    7pm – Dinner & Presentation
    9.30pm – After dinner coffee
    10pm – Finish  

  • SA and NT PICA Awards

    The 2013 SA and NT PICA Awards have an emphasis on appeal, impact and effectiveness of well designed printed material of the highest quality as modern sales, communications and educational media in the South Australia and Northern Territory.

    It aims to publicly recognise and honour South Australian and Northern Territory companies for their ability to create, design and produce printed material of outstanding merit and distinction.

    The Finsbury Green team celebrating their winning the Excellence in Print Award.

    It recognises print businesses that demonstrate leadership in improving workplace resource use efficiency.

    The Awards provide entrants with industry recognition and company promotional opportunities.




    It’s on, New South Wales is the latest state to launch its Printing Industries Craftsmanship (PICA) call for Entries with forms available from 20 August.

    The forms cover 33 print and four business categories and the Media Super Future Leaders Award which was introduced last year.

    Media Super is also the principal sponsors for this year’s NSW event.

    Entries must be submitted by close of business Friday 23 September 2013.

    Entry forms can be downloaded here and the Call for Entries category brochure here

    The NSW Presentation night will be held on Friday 6 December 2013 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

    Meanwhile the first of the state PICA presentation events is being held in Western Australia on Saturday 24 August 2013 at the Hyatt Hotel, Perth.

    Tasmania and Queensland will hold their PICA events on Saturday 12 October followed by South Australian and Northern Territory on 15 November, Victorian PICA on 8 November and the ACT Page Awards 22 November.

    For more information visit Printing Industries PICA NPA Information Centre here


  • Western Australia PICAs

    The Western Australia Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards 2013, held at Hyatt Regency Perth, Grand Ballroom on Saturday the 24th August 2013, commencing at 6.00pm.

    RSVP by Friday the 26th July 2013 to:

    The Secretary
    Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards
    PO Box 561
    Victoria Park WA 6979

    Ticket Price:

    $150.00 per head – (GST inclusive)


    Darren Carr – Ventriloquist
    DJ: to dance the night away
    Emcees: Narelda Jacobs and Carl Pagano

    Entry Forms can be downloaded here.

    More Information

  • The ACA 22nd Annual Catalogue Awards

    The Australian Catalogue Association 22nd Annual Catalogue Awards will be held on Friday 9 August at Peninsula in Melbourne’s Docklands.

    For Kellie Northwood (pictured), executive director of the Australia Catalogue Association, this year’s awards event showcases the continued popularity and relevance of printed catalogues in the local marketplace. According to the latest research by Roy Morgan, over 70 per cent of Australians aged 14 and over read printed catalogues.

    “Catalogues bring the shop front to the kitchen table,” says Northwood. “They encourage people to go to a store, and with the growth of digital consumers, they are driving people online either to make a purchase or do some research.”

    Australian Catalogue Awards entrants are judged across seven key areas including cover design, internal design, photography, merchandising, branding, copywriting and effectiveness (selling power).

    This year’s judging panel includes senior representatives from: M&C Saatchi, Our Agency, Ideaworks (Y&R), Howards Storage World, Badjar Ogilvy, Cumming Agency & Studios, Harvey Norman, Coles, Xavier Advertising, Rhubarb & Custard, BMF, Sinnott Bros and JWT among other major Australian agencies and retailers.

    “We’re expecting hundreds of entries across 11 categories, including the coveted ‘Catalogue of the Year’ award,” says Northwood. “There is such a variety of skills and professions that make up the catalogue industry, and the awards are an opportunity to collectively acknowledge the intelligence and creativity involved in producing what remains one of the most popular and effective marketing mediums.”

    The awards will be held at Peninsula, in Melbourne’s Docklands on Friday, 9 August.

    For more information, contact William Thomson on (03) 9866 4722 or

  • LIA/Heidelberg Graduate of the Year gala dinner

    The Lithographic Institute of Australia (LIA) is set to reveal the LIA/Heidelberg Graduate of the Year from its list of finalists at a gala dinner in Sydney on Tuesday 4 June. 

    The dinner, to be held at North Ryde RSL, will not only feature some of the most outstanding graduates of 2012, but will feature Wayne Pearce (pictured), former rugby league great, FOX Sports commentator and inaugural Australian Rugby League commission member.

    According to David Wells, president of the LIA NSW branch, this year’s event was made possible with the help of Heidelberg Australia.

    “Once again it is a privilege to have a sponsor of the calibre of Heidelberg associated with our premier evening,” says Wells. “The long term support of the future leaders of our industry by Heidelberg is greatly appreciated by both our committee and the graduates.

    “This awards ceremony is an ideal opportunity for you to bring along your valued customers and showcase the future leaders of our industry while hearing a truly entertaining and inspirational speaker. Corporate tables of eight and 10 are available. I look forward to seeing you there,” he says.

    Luke Wooldridge, co-chairman of the judging panel, says: “the quality of the graduates was extremely high once again with little separating this year’s contenders.”

    The NSW LIA committee invites you to honour and support our outstanding graduates during this year’s awards ceremony. This year’s winning graduate will be selected from the following seven finalists:

    –       Patricia Teo – Jet Swimwear

    –       Samuel Moss – Sinnott Brothers

    –       Romeo Abellana – ANZPAC Services

    –       Lauren Peatman – Intergrated Marketing Solutions

    –       Nicole Clark – News Limited

    –       Shanmugan Vadiveloo – Ligare Book Printers

    LIA Graduates is the longest running continuous award of the Institute, dating back to 1972, when it was known as the LIA Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by Seligson and Clare, then the Heidelberg agents in Australia. This award is presented annually in each mainland state at special award presentation dinners. Heidelberg provides handsome award plaques to the winners and certificates to the employer.

    The winning graduate in each state is chosen by a highly qualified judging panel of LIA members. The candidates are put forward by TAFE teaching staff as the ‘pick of the bunch’ in their particular stream. There are usually four to eight such candidates in each state, generally covering the spectrum of the printing trades.

    Every two years Heidelberg funds the air fares and accommodation of the winning state graduates to the LIA’s Biennial conference. There, apart from active participation in the conference program, they are individually interviewed by a national judging panel of eminent industry leaders and a winner is selected to receive the GAMAA – LIA National Graduate Scholarship Prize.

    The complete details for the event are:

    Date: Tuesday 4th of June 2013

    Time: Pre-dinner drinks from 6:30PM

    Cost: $99.00 – three-course meal and beverages

    Location: The Grand Pittwater Function Centre, North Ryde RSL, 88 Magdala Road, North Ryde NSW

    Contact: Bookings can only be made by email or Fax to Mike Williams at or by Fax to 02 9648 1258.

    Event Details

    Event Contact Name: Mike Williams

    Event Email:

    Event Phone: 02 9648 1258.

    Event Cost: $99.00

  • Pride in Print Awards – PRINT OUT LOUD

    Pride In Print is set to put the “bling” back into Wellywood when its Award Night is held Friday May 3, 2013. Award Night is the showpiece where the cream of New Zealand’s print expertise is rewarded, and the fun night where printers, suppliers and customers let their hair down in celebration.

    This year, the siting of Award Night at the TSB Arena, nestled on the harbour a stone’s throw from the Capital City’s CBD, is guaranteed to provide a popular setting for both the glamour side of the evening and the fun part.

    Awards Manager, Sue Archibald, said the evening was set to be a huge social success. “The venue is walking distance from major hotels and is also only a short distance from Courtenay Place, a traditional venue for after-function celebrations to continue.

    “For the dinner and the Award presentations themselves, the tables, seating arrangements and stage all proved to be very good when we were last in Wellington for the 2011 Awards. We are expecting the venue to go down well with guests.”

    The theme of the night will be a continuation of the “Print Out Loud” campaign which proved successful in Auckland last year, and Sue Archibald says that the print industry needs to go hard to make the Awards a glowing tribute to the quality that New Zealand print can produce.

  • Employers Mutual NSW PICA Awards – 2 November

    Celebrate the Power of Print – a visual showcase and recognition of the innovation, impact, creativity, care, pride and respect that separates print from all other mediums. MC is comedian and TV personality, Julia Morris.

    Get your giggle on at this year’s NSW PICAs with one of Australia’s most loved comedians, Julia Morris, who is back to host this year’s awards night in Sydney on 2 November.

    The straight talking queen of comedy has become one of Australia’s most popular entertainers since appearing at last year’s PICA event and then winning the Celebrity Apprentice reality TV show. Following that success she scoring a leading role in the new Channel Nine Sunday night dramedy (drama, comedy) House Husbands.

    Printing Industries national Director, communications and Marketing, Joe Kowalewski, says Julia’s television success has led to a flood of work offers.

    “Having her MC our 2012 awards is quite a coup as she is incredibly busy with television and theatre commitments,” he says. “But true to her down to earth persona, she enjoyed our presentation dinner last year and is looking forward to working with us again this year in spite of being in huge demand both in Australia and overseas.”

    The presentation night will be held in the Parkside Ballroom at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour from 6.30pm on 2 November.

    Themed the Power of Print, it will also feature an exhibition of winning entries along with the presentation of 33 Print Category winners, Business Category winners, the Printer of the Year award, Long-term membership awards and the new Media Super Future Leaders Award.

    Ticket booking forms can be downloaded here. Inquiries to Mark Tolentino on 8789 7388 e-mail:

  • ACA Catalogue Awards

    Those involved in the Australian catalogue industry will soon be given their time to shine, with the Australian Catalogue Association’s (ACA) 21st annual awards now open to entries from local retailers, marketers and creative designers.

    The ACA annual awards brings together over 600 retailers and attracts some of the industry’s most creative minds, and is designed to help showcase one of the most popular advertising mediums. The awards will be judged on design and effectiveness.

    With the annual awards event introducing several new categories this year, ACA’s chief executive, Ken Bishop, says he expects to receive over 800 entries within over 30 categories. Among the new categories to be introduced will be whitegoods, furniture, and technology on paper.

    “We expect another strong field, with entries from some of Australia’s largest retailers,” says Bishop. “The ACA looks forward to showcasing the talents of our industry in what is a great networking event, while acknowledging the contribution to one of the most effective advertising mediums in Australia.”

    Last year’s winners included David Jones, with up to 1.5 million catalogues distributed, and Freedom, also with over 1.5 million catalogues under their belt. Bishop says that despite diminishing marketing budgets in the marketplace, there continues to be modest growth in the catalogue industry by volume.

    "When most cut back on advertising in fear of what would happen next, catalogues still experienced growth and have become and indispensable part of the marketing mix,” says Bishop, who adds that the printed medium remains vital to a multi-channel approach to marketing communications.

    “Catalogues are at their most effective as part of a multi-channel offering and have complemented the digital offering well,” says Bishop. “With the web becoming a competitive purchasing channel, the role of catalogues has expanded to become a driver of online, while maintaining their own place as a powerful marketing tool.”

    This year’s awards night will be held at the Docklands in Melbourne on 10 August, and entries close on 29 April.

    To find out more, click here.

  • National Print Awards


    Once again for all the marbles, the 2011 gold PICA winners will converge on the National Print Awards to compete for the best-of-the-best printer in various fields.

    All eligible Gold winners of last years PICAs will automatically be entered into the National Print Awards to be held on the 20th of April 2012.

  • PICA Awards – Queensland

    Entries close September 9, 2011