Posts Tagged ‘Awards’

  • NPAs glitter in southwestern Sydney

    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.

  • PANPA unveils newspaper of the year finalists

    The Manly Daily, The New Zealand Herald and The West Australian are among the hundreds of local newspaper publications to have made it into the 2013 PANPA (the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association) Newspaper of the Year list of finalists.

    The finalists, who were announced on 2 August after weeks of rigorous evaluation by judges around the world, included publications from as far afield as Western Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Tasmania.

    The full list for the finalists in the Newspaper of the Year, Digital News Destination of the Year, Marketing and Technical Excellence categories can be found by clicking here.

    Mark Hollands (pictured), who was appointed as The Newspaper Works CEO in April replacing founding CEO Tony Hale, said there had been a great response from mastheads around the region with a strong field of entries.

    “It is great to see the level of participation of newspapers and digital properties from around the region,” he said. “Whether big or small, news organisations have again taken part in these awards in big numbers.”

    The awards are a chance for the newspaper industry to celebrate their great work in the face of adversity, given the difficult economic climate and period of transition they currently operate in.

    “They recognise the importance of industry community and the value and benefits of recognition,” said Hollands. “Tough conditions in the market, and major structural changes in our businesses that is now taking place, mean it is important for everyone to focus not only on the challenges but also on the great work we do, and our contribution to society, our readers and commercial partners and clients.”

    The winners will be announced at a gala dinner hosted by local media celebrity and political journalist, Annabel Crabb, on August 29, 2013, as part of the Future Forum, a conference designed to help newspapers discover new strategies to win audiences and increase revenue by hearing from some of the world’s leading publishers.

    PANPA says that, due to an increase in entry submissions, the finalists for the photography categories will be released on Wednesday, August 7.

    The PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards are part of the 2013 Future Forum, which runs in Sydney from 28-29 August.

    To book a place at the 2013 PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards Dinner or register for the Future Forum, click here.

  • Catalogue Awards call for submissions

    The Australian Catalogue Association (ACA) is calling on all catalogue producers to submit their work for this year’s Annual Catalogue Awards, which is held in Melbourne on 9 August.

    Celebrating its 22nd year, the awards have become an institution in their own right offering a night recognising the excellence of one of the most persistently popular marketing mediums: catalogues.

    Kellie Northwood (pictured), recently appointed executive director of the ACA, said the awards night is an opportunity for the industry, including many of the Australia’s best known retailers, advertisers, marketers, designers and printers to acknowledge the creativity and effectiveness of catalogues as a key element of the marketing mix.

    “The awards provide a unique environment in which our industry, which includes so many professions, gathers to acknowledge the intelligence and creativity involved in producing what remains one of the most popular and effective marketing mediums,” says Northwood.

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

    “The judging panel has always been a prestigious cross-industry group of established leaders from both agency and client-side,” says Northwood. “This year’s panel includes: M&C Saatchi, Our Agency, Centro Retail Australia, Bay Leather Republic, Howards Storage World, Cumming Agency & Studios, Harvey Norman, Innovations, Xavier Advertising, Rhubarb & Custard, BMF, Sinnott Bros and Masters Home Improvement among other major Australian retailers.

    “New categories for the 2013 Australian Catalogue Awards include Environment and Sustainability (for volumes over 250,000 copies) and Letterbox Miscellaneous, for catalogues promoting products across telecommunications, pharmacy, automotive parts and accessories to name a few,” she says.

    According to the ACA, research from last year into the efficacy of retail catalogues by Roy Morgan revealed that 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.

    “Retailers already know the value of catalogues and are now expanding into multi-channel communication plans, leveraging from the strengths of catalogues and marrying with digital communication options,” she says.

    “A new category introduced last year, Technology on Paper, was very popular and saw some great examples of multi-channel campaigns creating greater consumer uptake of in-store offers. Catalogues have become not only a driver of in-store traffic, but also a driver of online traffic to online stores,” she says. “Catalogues are an indispensable part of the marketing mix and those producing them well are delivering great value to their clients. The Annual Awards are not only recognition, but a celebration of the skills of our industry.”

    Entries close on 31 May 2013 and Ms Northwood expects more than 200 submissions across 11 categories, including the ‘Catalogue of the Year’ award won by Surf Dive ‘n’ Ski, Myer and Kmart in their respective categories last year.

    The awards will be held at Peninsula, Docklands in Melbourne on Friday, 9 August. Click here to enter or for more info.

  • Young Achievers Award – James Cryer’s clarion call to the future

    A proposed new awards system to recognise the winning qualities in young professionals across our industry will not even mention the term – apprenticeship.

    Imagine a gala event held at one of our capital city’s lavish hotels with TV cameras and the press jostling as glamorous young things strut the stage to the acclaim of an audience of thousands. Next day the media exposure is overwhelming with press and TV coverage.

    Hollywood? The final episode of Celebrity Detox? Australia’s Next Top Model? No – this is the grand final of the Printing Industries National Young Achiever of the Year Award! Fanciful? Maybe. Impossible? Possibly, but all it needs is vision, something the visual arts industries has in spades!

    Parents would be lining up outside printing companies demanding their offspring be given a job!

     Back to reality. Full marks to Bill Healey for appointing Joan Grace to head-up the new printing industry training initiative. Out of the RMIT train wreck may arise a better programme more suited to the needs of our industry.

    The printing industry is a collection of fiercely independent tribes with multiple training-streams and therein lies our strength and weakness when it comes to inducting new entrants. I’m not suggesting all these tribes should get crunched-up into one over-arching, supra-organisation – it’ll never happen! I am suggesting that there is an opportunity, bigger than the differences and it is the need to attract and retain new entrants. (Note my avoidance of the word, apprentices.)

    Joan’s arrival, and her focus on building exciting new training pathways, creates the perfect opportunity for us, as a multi-sector industry, to come together and work towards creating an industry-wide programme to recognise, reward and retain the best and the brightest. This would extend across all sectors; signage, labels, packaging, mailing, etc – not just offset. It would recognise all functional roles such as customer-service, production admin and sales, not just apprentices.

    It would be a fully integrated system of states’ awards leading to a national awards structure not dissimilar to the current National Print Awards. By bringing all the associations together to cooperate, it would also raise the profile of print, which would in turn, help attract new entrants!

    Where to start? The good news is we’ve already begun!

    I refer to the existing event known as the NSW LIA/Heidelberg Graduates Awards, which has been a great showcase of the best and brightest apprentices mainly from the offset sector. It contains the organisational expertise to enable an expansion. It could easily be re-defined to include all the other segments that go to comprise the greater printing church; labels, flexible, packaging, mailing, signage – reminding us that we are a collection of diverse tribes.

    Heidelberg has been a stalwart sponsor from the start. Nevertheless, with the need to broaden the award’s ambit and to present it as a true mirror of the industry, it would be more appropriate to re-brand it as the Printing Industries awards scheme. Individual suppliers could still sponsor a particular award category.

    The changing mix in training pathways. We have a unique opportunity to re-think the calibre and type of individuals we wish to attract and reward. Sadly, the need for factory-floor based apprentices is dwindling as other more exciting roles emerge. This is the story of our industry right now, not doom and gloom but readjustment. The contemporary industry is based on more capital, less labour, keeping the dream alive but with fewer bodies.

    Apprenticeships have zero resonance within the design or digital printing fields. The obvious response is to widen the definition of who can enter a new-look awards scheme and include all vocations within the broad visual-communications industry. Young Achievers can be any outstanding employee, according to certain agreed-upon standards of excellence.

    Taking ownership. This new, broad-based awards program should fall under the aegis of the Printing Industries (plural) Association of Australia, the body that purports, by its very name, to represent all the colourful tribes. Actual implementation would be via a body set up comprising all the participating sectors.

    Printing Industries’ Young Achievers Awards has a natural flavour to it and it’s agnostic; it doesn’t align itself with any sector, process, technology or commercial interest. This is vital; it must be free of commercial bias, like the ABC.

    A multi-sector approach like this also meshes perfectly with Printing Industries’ recent success in gaining federal funding to promote the attraction and retention of trainees. What better way to justify such a grant than to invest in a high-profile event, which showcases the best of the best across all sectors of our industry, not just the dwindling offset base?

    To quote from Worldskills Australia’s own website, the Young Achiever Awards would be:

    committed to the development … of vocational education … and to build a skills culture by inspiring young people, celebrating skills excellence and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their talent.

    There is nothing there about apprentices but everything about achievement. That’s the printing industry of tomorrow!

    James Cryer
    JDA Print Recruitment



  • Sterling trumps magazine publishers awards

    Sterling Publishing’s The Adviser has trumped this year’s Publishers Australia Excellence Awards, taking the event’s overall prize, followed closely by Donna Hay, winning three awards.

    Over 400 guests, representing B2B, custom, niche and mass consumer magazine publishers across Australia, attended the 2012 Publishers Australia Excellence Awards gala dinner on Friday 16 November at the Sydney Hilton.

    Publishers Australia Chairman Geoff Hird said, “this is the largest gathering of high calibre magazine industry talent in Australia. We are here to celebrate the best people and products our dynamic industry has to offer.”

    Sterling (L-R): Christina Zhou, Kimberley Cruz, Angela Britt, Jim Hall, Vivienne Kelly and Rachael Micallef.

    From over 270 entries, MC Adam Spencer announced the following winners:

    2012 Excellence Award
    The Adviser, Sterling Publishing

    B2B Magazine of the Year
    Winner: The Adviser
    Runners up: FoodService and Encore

    Consumer Magazine of the Year (above 20k circ.)
    Winner: donna hay magazine
    Runner up: Australian House and Garden

    Consumer Magazine of the Year (below 20k circ.)
    Winner: Dirt Action
    Runner up: Runner’s World

    Custom Magazine of the Year
    Winner: INTHEBLACK
    Runner up: Adidas Onside

    Integrated Media Brand of the Year
    Winner: The Adviser
    Runner up: Ecogeneration

     Editor of the Year (above20k circ.)
    Winner: Justine Cullen, Shop Til You Drop
    Runner up: Heather Catchpole, COSMOS

    Editor of the Year (below 20k circ.)
    Winner: Jessica Darnbrough, The Adviser
    Runner up: Francis Merson, Limelight

    Regional Publication of the Year
    Winner: Adelaide Hills Magazine
    Runner up: SA Kids

    Small Publisher of the Year
    Winner: Focal Attractions
    Runner up: Sterling Publishing

     Best App on Mobile or Tablet Device
    Winner: donna hay magazine
    Runner up: COSMOS

     B2B Cover of the Year:
    Winner: Mortgage Professional Australia
    Runner up: Australian Baking Business

    Custom Cover of the Year:
    Winner: Coles Magazine
    Runner up: Charter

    Consumer Cover of the Year:
    Winner: donna hay magazine
    Runner up: madison

    B2B Designer of the Year:
    Winner: Daniel Williams, The Adviser
    Runner up: Ben Akhurst, Hotel Management

    Custom Designer of the Year:
    Winner: Kate Barnett, INTHEBLACK
    Runner up: Christopher Roseby, QANTAS The Australian Way

    Consumer Designer of the Year:
    Winner: Giota Letsios, Country Style
    Runner up: Rachelle Napper, Australian Good Taste

    Most Successful Audience Development Campaign
    Winner: Australian Classic Car
    Runner up: Australian Good Taste

    Special Edition of the Year
    Winner: Rugby League Week: Darren Lockyer – Life of a Legend
    Runner up: UDIA QLD Boral Awards for Excellence 2011

    Website of the Year
    Runner up:

    Single Article of the Year
    Winner: Clair Weaver, madison
    Runner up: Stephanie Osfield, marie claire

    New Journalist of the Year
    Winner: Smita Mistry, that’s life
    Runner up: Allie Coyne, Haymarket Media

    Consumer Journalist of the Year:
    Winner: Stephanie Osfield, marie claire
    Runner up: Fiona MacDonald, madison

    B2B Journalist of the Year:
    Winner: Byron Kaye, Medical Observer
    Runner up: Tim Burrowes, Mumbrella

    Relaunch of the Year
    Winner: Limelight
    Runner up: Coles Baby and Toddler

    Launch of the Year (below 20k circ.)

    Winner: James Halliday’s Wine Companion
    Runner up: Rock Candy

    Launch of the Year (above 20k circ.)
    Winner: Eat Fit
    Runner up: TechLife

    Association or Member Organisation Magazine of the Year
    Winner: be. (Medibank)
    Runner up: Australian Pharmacist