Dominion and Drum top apprentices

The Lithographic Institute of Australia has announced the two winners of the LIA biennial prizes, at the QLD PICA awards gala dinner held in Brisbane.

This year’s winning graduates were Jessica McAuley from Drum Print, WA, who was awarded the $15000 Visual Connections– LIA National Graduate Scholarship Prize by Visual Connections President Mitchell Mulligan, and Robert Smithers of Dominion Print Group NSW, who collected the LIA – Printing Industries Future Leaders Award from PIAA QLD branch members service manager, Mel Ireland.

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Smithers’ prize consists of a paid trip to next year’s drupa trade show in Dusseldorf, Germany and is awarded to the person the judges believe has the potential to become an outstanding contributor to the printing industry.

LIA’s federal president Luke Wooldridge has said, “We are happy to present these two fantastic awards to the deserving winners and we hope it helps boost their careers within this great industry of ours.

“The quality of this year’s graduates was first class and there was little separating the contenders.”

Wooldridge continued, “Once again it was a privilege to have the support of our sponsors Heidelberg, Printing Industries and Visual Connections for our premier evening. The long term support of the future leaders of our industry is greatly appreciated by both the LIA and the graduates.”

Those state winners are:

NSW: Carl Weeks, Litho Web, Hannanprint

NSW: Robert Smithers, Litho, Dominion Print Group

QLD: Paul Talbot, Print Finishing, Greenridge Press

SA: Kirsty Sparkhall, Print Graphic Displays

SA: Michael Jelicic, ENO Plastic

VIC: Luke Knox, Abaris Printing

VIC: Robert Mudie, Franklin Printing Group

WA: Bronte Vincent, Community Newspapers

WA: Jessica McAuley, Drum Print


The Lithographic Institute of Australia is a non-profit organisation which is dedicated to the dissemination of technical information to its members and to the Printing and Graphic Communication Industries at large.

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