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  • 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.

  • NPAs tee off in Sydney’s southwest

    The 2018 National Print Awards will be held at Brighton Lakes Golf Club in Moorebank, southwestern Sydney, on June 29. The big night will feature the gold-medal winners from each state’s PICA awards.

    According to Andrew Macaulay, CEO of Printing Industries, the nominees this year truly represent the best of the best Australia’s printers have to offer, and not just from the big states – smaller markets such as Tasmania and the Northern Territory now have the chance to compete on the national stage. “These are truly national print awards, and truly a representation of the best that has come out of each state,” he said. “This is about quality and it shouldn’t matter where you’re producing it – we’re in a national economy, and this is a way of showcasing work on a national scale.”

    The venue, well outside Sydney’s CBD, was selected in response to members’ feedback that the awards should be held at a location closer to their businesses. “Venues in the CBD are neither near where printers are nor very affordable. This is a terrific venue which has hosted a number of industry events, and was recommended by some members,” said Macaulay.

    Macaulay encourages printers to sign up for the day’s events preceding the awards, including a golf day, seminars, and the PIAA’s annual general meeting. “The industry golf day will be a fun social event, and people should definitely book because it’ll sell out quickly. We also encourage all members to attend the industry seminars and the AGM in the afternoon, where we’ll give an account of our actions and our vision for the future.”

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