East Gippsland Newspapers pre-press apprentice crowned at RMIT awards

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Sharp (pictured centre) snared the coveted accolade for his pre-press work on local papers, the Bairnsdale Advertiser, East Gippsland News and Lakes Post.

The win topped off a great night for Sharp, who also took home the Herb Thomas Memorial Award and was one of the recipients of the Fuji Xerox Pursuit of Excellence Awards and the Apprentice Scholarships.

Print industry people from the likes of Bambra Press, Asia-Pacific packaging company Aperio Group, Melbourne-based Precision Forme Cutting and Metro Printing gathered to support the nominees.

School of Design graduate Nicholas Petch, who specialises in multimedia, was Graduate of the Year, while Erica Fisers, at the final level of a Diploma of Graphic Design, was awarded a Graduate Travel Scholarship.

East Gippsland Newspapers had more to crow about: its graphic pre-press apprentice Tim Pacheco won the Victorian Historic Racing Register Award, the Beazley Award, and a PIAA Study Grant.

Brett Stray from Metro Printing collected the Note Printing Australia Award, an Excellence Award, and was a Fuji Xerox and Apprentice Scholarship recipient.

The 83rd Training Awards was held at the School of Graphic Design in Brunswick, a new direction after several years at RMIT’s Storey Hall.

Simon Cochaud (pictured left with RMIT’s Professor Colin Fudge), director of the International Centre of Graphic Technology, who took over from Robert Black in January, said 2010 would “take the centre into a new phase”.

A guest panel comprising Catherine Doggett of KW Doggett Fine Paper, Alastair Hadley of Heidelberg Australia and John Wanless, managing director of Bambra Press and National Print Awards chairman, discussed the future of printing, investing and financing of equipment, and green issues.

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