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Punters tips for PICA Victoria

Monday, 22 August 2011
By Print 21 Online Article

Organisers release hot tips prior to the Victorian Printing Industry Craftsmanship (PICA) Awards, hinting at excellent opportunities for a category win.

In the lead up to the State’s great race, Victorian companies have just under a fortnight to submit their entries. PICA Victoria Chairman Trevor Hone encourages those involved in the production of any outstanding print job between 1 September 2010 and 26 August 2011, to enter without delay.

He says with only a fortnight to go, now is the time to line up at the starting gate, “not just to compete with the best in the field of print in Victoria, but also to compete on the national stage next year when the National Print Awards are presented.”

Those fond of a punt, however, will also be familiar with the concept of odds…and Hone says there’s no denying the odds of winning are significantly higher in some categories, due to the lower number of entries received to date.

“You wouldn’t bet on a race without looking at the form guide, and while a great print job of any kind will always be a favourite to win, an outsider – or a great performer in a smaller field – can be a great way to go.

“Categories which offer particularly good odds include Category 2, for commercial posters, showcards, card constructions and mobiles; Categories 17 and 18 which are the general packaging categories; Category 20 for sheet fed labels which attracts fewer entries than the roll fed category; Category 23 for screen printing; Category 25, for cold set web offset; and two digital print categories – Category 28 for inkjet and Category 29 for wide format.”

“In addition, those who have been working hard on reducing their environmental impact should seriously consider putting themselves up for the Sustainable Green Print Environmental Award,” he added.

Those who want to take advantage of this opportunity do not have long, however – entries must be received at Printing Industries in Mulgrave by close of business on , 26 August 2011. Full category details, together with entry forms for the Awards and information about the Presentation Dinner, can be found at

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