Four stand out in Diamond hunt at Victorian PICAs

The black-tie awards presentation, staged at the Sofitel On Collins Ballroom in Melbourne, pitted the best companies in Victoria’s printing and graphic arts industry against one another in a night of glitter, glamour and colour, hosted by John McNaught, fresh from his master-of- ceremonies role at the Western Australia PICAs.


PMP Print topped the ladder with three Diamond awards, for Web Offset Coated Stock Press Finished, Web Coated Stock Offline Finished, and Web Offset Publications with a Cover Price.


Finsbury Green won two Diamonds, for Leaflets and Folders, and for Multi-Piece Productions & Campaigns.


Bambra Press won Diamonds for Commercial Posters/Showcards and for Digital Printing/Electrophotographic.


Adams Print was also recognised for its work in Booklets, Catalogues & Magazines (Saddlestitched), and for Calendars.


Significantly, the judging panel, headed by Rod Urquhart, did not declare Diamond winners in seven categories – One, Two & Three-Colour Printing, Diecut Presentation Folders, Postcards & Greeting Cards, Packaging,  Flexographic Printing, Digital Printing/Inkjet, and Specialty Or Special Printing – reinforcing a policy of discretion that the judges emphasised at last year’s  Victorian PICAs.


In the sponsored awards, the Heidelberg Excellence in Print accolade went to Blue Star Print for its work on the Les Kossatz book, The Art of Existence.


The Currie Group’s prize for Best Use of Photography was claimed by Picpress for The Antarctica Book. Picpress also received a Judges Award for this project.


Pidgeon picked up the Spicers Paper Award for Best Design for its Seven 17 Bourke Twisted Brochure.


McPhersons was recognised for its environmental initiatives, winning the Dalton Paper Environmental Award.


Finally, PMP Print won a Judges Award for its work on the July 2009 issue of Gourmet Traveller.


With the main business of the night over, attendees rocked on to the sounds of Abba tribute band Abbaration.

A full list of winners is published below:

Heidelberg (Excellence in Print)
Winner: Blue Star Print
Job: Les Kossatz – The Art of Existence
Currie Group (Best use of Photography)
Winner: Picpress
Job: Antarctica Book
Spicers Paper (Best Designed Award)
Winner: Pidgeon
Job: Seven 17 Bourke Twisted Brochure
Dalton Paper (Environmental)
Winner: McPhersons
Judges’ Award
Winner: Picpress
Job: Antarctica Book
Judges’ Award
Winner: PMP Print
Job: Gourmet Traveler July 09
One, two or three colour printing
No Diamond award.
Commercial posters, showcards, card constructions and mobiles
Winner: Bambra Press; Eastern Press
Leaflets and folders
Winner: Finsbury Green
Die-cut presentation folders
No Diamond award.
Booklets, catalogues and magazines saddle-stitched
Winner: Adams Print
Booklets, catalogues and magazines bound by any method but saddle-stitching
Winner: Courtney
Annual Reports

Winner: RA Printing
Winner: Adams Print
Winner: Eastern Press
Postcards and greeting cards
No Diamond award.
Limited Editions
Winner: Picpress
Art Reproductions
Winner: Blue Star Print
Book printing
Winner: BPA Group
Multi-piece productions and campaigns
Winner: Finsbury Green
No Diamond award.
Winner: Fantastick Label Company
Security Printing
Winner: RA Printing
Flexographic printing
No Diamond award.
Screen Printing
Winner: STS Creative Printing
Web offset coated stock off-line finished
Winner: PMP Print
Web offset coated stock press finished
Winner: PMP Print
Web offset publications with a cover price
Winner: PMP Print
Web offset, uncoated stock
Winner: Hannanprint
Digital printing, electrophotographic
Winner: Bambra Press
Digital printing, inkjet
No Diamond award.
Winner: McLaren Press
Self Promotion
Winner: The Laminating Company
Winner: Pandoras Boxes
Specialty or special printing
No Diamond award.
Small printing business awards less than 10 staff

Winner: Snap Printing, Caulfield South

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