Nominations now open for 2021 ProPrint Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2021 ProPrint Awards with each of the four categories – Power 50, Emerging 50, Supplier 50 and Industry Achievement Award – designed to celebrate the achievement of individuals at all levels of the industry.

Over the years, ProPrint’s Power 50 has seen enormous change as it has charted the successes of printing industry leaders and innovators while also itself evolving to better serve this industry by recognising those that make it the success it is.

The awards are now known as the ProPrint Awards and a new nomination and judging portal has been created. We invite you to visit to register your nominations – and if you are a nominee – make your award submission.

The ProPrint Awards celebration will be held at the Shangri-la Hotel in Sydney on Friday November 26 at 6.45pm. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased here.

Attendees watch on at the 2020 ProPrint Power 50 and Emerging 50 event

In response to industry feedback, we have tweaked the Power 50 so now only the top 20 nominated industry leaders will be ranked in this 100% peer-voted award – everyone else will be acknowledged in alphabetical order at the ProPrint Awards and in the December issue of ProPrint magazine.

You can nominate more than one person and it is also possible to have more than one Power 50 nominee from the same company. Self-nominations are also accepted. This is a peer-voted award so all nominees will have the opportunity to judge. The results will be verified by an external auditor.

The Real Media Collective CEO Kellie Northwood won the 2020 ProPrint Power 50

The launch of the Emerging 50 two years ago to recognise the industry’s rising stars was another part of the award’s evolution.

Emerging 50 nominees include graphic designers, prepress operators, production assistants, postpress supervisors and finishing specialists as well as employees responsible for distribution, sales, administration and account management with approximately five years or less experience in the industry.

2020 Emerging 50 rising stars: Back row (L-R) Marilyn Li, Cactus Imaging; Emily Watterson, Cactus Imaging; Zaf Hap, IVE; Kalani Hohlein, Carbon8; Lani Draheim (Rawson Print Co.) Front row (L-R) Alexander Vij, Showcard Mounters; Ben Greatorex, CCL; Matt Zunic, Imagination Graphics; Rahul Reddy, IVE; Ashleigh Boyling, IVE

Emerging 50 nominees also have the opportunity to submit an application for the The Real Media Collective’s mentorship program. The successful applicant will be awarded a 12-month mentorship prize with 2020 Power 50 winner, Kellie Northwood, chief executive officer of The Real Media Collective plus a $1000 short course voucher for with the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), complimentary entry to the Real Media Awards ‘Best Emerging Talent’ category and access to TRMC events, awards and industry sessions. The prize is judged by an industry panel.

Kelsey Wade, a prepress apprentice from print DNA in Renmark, South Australia was named the winner of the inaugural 2020 Emerging 50 Mentorship Prize in partnership with The Real Media Collective

The Supplier 50 is a new set of awards added this year. Over the years we have often been asked if those working for suppliers could be included in the Power 50, so we created the Supplier 50 for those that service the industry.

Supplier 50 recipients will be judged on the quality of their submission based on achievements over the last 12 months. There is no overall winner of the Supplier 50 – all recipients will be acknowledged in alphabetical order at the ProPrint Awards in Sydney in November and in the December issue of ProPrint magazine.

This year also represents the launch of the inaugural Industry Achievement Award – an exclusive award honouring the work of an Outstanding Achiever in Print, someone who has dedicated their life to the industry. The Top 10 Power 50 2020 representatives and our platinum sponsor, Durst, will decide who deserves this exclusive honour.

Nominations are now open for each of these categories. We urge you to nominate who you think deserves to be recognised and honoured in 2021. This year’s ProPrint Awards would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors. Our platinum sponsor is Durst with DIC, HP and Orafol providing gold sponsor support. Emerging 50 Foundation Partner, Media Super, is again supporting the Emerging 50 with gold level support.

Our silver sponsors are Ball & Doggett, Bright Print Group, Cactus Imaging, Centrum Printing, EFI, Foxcil, Graph-Pak, Lamson Paragon Group of Companies, printIQ and Visual Connections.
We thank all of our valued sponsors and supporters as without them the ProPrint Awards would not be possible.

Submit your nominations for all awards at

If you need assistance with nominations, please contact ProPrint Editor Sheree Young on 0402 759 893 or email [email protected].

It is not too late to sponsor the ProPrint Awards, if you are interested please contact ProPrint’s National Sales Manager Carmen Ciappara on 0410 582 450 or email carme[email protected].

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