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NPAs glitter in southwestern Sydney

Wednesday, 04 July 2018
By Print21
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3D-printed trophies at the National Print Awards.

The 2018 National Print Awards took over Brighton Lakes Golf Club in Moorebank, Sydney, on Friday June 29, full of glitter, glamour – and 3D print.

For the first time in the NPAs’ history, the awards themselves took the form not of medals, but of small 3D-printed trophies. According to Andrew Macaulay, CEO of Printing Industries, recipients were ‘delighted’ to receive the unique mementos, and the PIAA will continue using them for future events. “Everybody wanted one,” he said. “The technology in the industry has advanced to the point where we are printing objects, and it made no sense not to print trophies. It’s rather exciting to be able to celebrate print with a print trophy.”

Brad Blaze reveals his portrait of Marilyn Monroe in dramatic fashion.

Speed painter Brad Blaze provided the entertainment for the evening, wowing the crowds with images of Bono, Marilyn Monroe, and Industry Legend award recipient Norman Field – each painted in under four minutes. The paintings of Bono and Marilyn Monroe were auctioned off for a combined total of $2400, which was donated to St Vincent de Paul.

New talent was celebrated as well as old, with the Young Executive of the Year Award going to Scott Print’s Rio Chard; she pulled double duty on the night, also accepting her company’s gong for environmental print.

Rio Chard, Media Super Young Executive of the Year.

Nominees were this year drawn from the winners of the state PICAs. Momento Pro won both the coveted Ball and Doggett Judges’ Award and a gold medal in the Limited Edition category for its photobook entry Omar + Suzi’s Wedding Celebration.

Adams Print, based in Geelong, took the gold medal in the Ball & Doggett Highly Commended category for its entry titled Van Gogh, and also won golds for Innovative Reinvention (Yarra One), Leaflets, flyers or brochures (Focus RS LE) and Books: Any number of pages, any binding method, offset (Van Gogh).

Sydney’s Digitalpress was awarded three gold medals, while Rawson Print, Multi-Color Corporation Australia and Nulab Group each won two. Other gold medal winners included Quality Press, Whirlwind Print, Eckersley Group, Jamesprint, Blue Star Print, Advance Press, Rooster IMC, Platypus Graphics, Chapel Press, Ellipsis Media, PEP Central and Colour Chiefs.

All winners will go to Canberra later this year for a ‘Print to Parliament’ event, where their work will be showcased in front of politicians to demonstrate print’s importance as Australia’s largest manufacturing sector. “It’s about taking the very best of print in Australia, which the National Print Awards represent now that the PICAs are funnelled through them, to Federal Parliament, showcase them to policymakers, and talk about the value proposition of print to our economy,” said Macaulay.

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