New format as National Print Awards turns 21

Alf Carrigan, National Print Awards chairman, welcomes the change of structure, hailing it as a beneficial change for all printers interesting in participating and attending the event.

“This means that printers will not have to leave their businesses in the middle of the week. In fact, they’ll be able to plan a weekend of recovery and unstressing in the harbour city after the Awards,” says Carrigan.

Carrigan is encouraging printers to think of the awards as a year-round concept, and should be well on the way to producing their entries.

“Don’t wait for this time of year. As soon as a project strikes you as being of a gold standard, set it aside for a submission. Then when the call for entries comes around, you’re ready to be in it,” says Carrigan.

A revised category format, as approved by the judging sub-committee, has also been implemented, and will see a streamlined awards list as well as the Sponsors awards being presented. Agfa, Australian Paper and Heidelberg have already confirmed their sponsorship for the awards, and will cover the gamut of printing, in terms of technologies and formats, including achievements in processes such as inkjet.

For example, a ’Special printing’ category will recognise achievements in printing on unusual substrates, such as glass or plastic, while ’outside-the-square’ applications can earn a Gold Medal for ’Innovation’.

“This is not a show for just the big boys, far from it. Categories for printing businesses with less than four staff and from four-to-ten staff reflect our recognition of quality fulfilment, no matter what the company’s size,” says Carrigan.

Entries must be submitted to Rachel Coad at Printing Industries Association of Australia, 18 – 20 Queens Ave Hawthorn no later than January 16, 2004. Any project completed in the period January 1 – December 31, 2003, is eligible. For further information, contact Rachel Coad or Rick Deering, at the National Print Awards on (03) 9819 6144.

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