PIAA picks NPA date

The date for the National Print Awards (NPAs) has been set by the Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA), for June 29, returning to Sydney.

 

All gold medallists of state PICA awards have progressed to the NPAs, which will move to the Brighton Lakes Golf Club for the first time in the awards’ history.

 

The PIAA says the NPA’s will include an industry golf day and will be the highlight of the year.

 

Andrew Macaulay, CEO, PIAA, speaking on the feeding awards program, the state based PICAs, says, “It is indicative of the excellence and innovation of the industry that we have had such a high calibre of print submitted this year.

 

“It is important to celebrate our industry, the printers and their craft, and to ensure that as an industry we are showcasing the massive contribution of the visual communications industry to the Australian economy as a whole.

 

“And while it celebrated print, and all the awards on display, people did not want to sit all night and watch people accept awards. They wanted it quick, and to be free to network.

 

“People wanted to see the quality of the print, and look at the materials, see and talk to their competitors about the industry and the future.

 

“We wanted to get back to celebrating the value chain of print, as well as the quality and craftsmanship.

 

“We wanted to celebrate the value it delivers, and it was great to see that nearly every printer who was in attendance brought at least one customer with them.”

 

Macaulay also foreshadowed some new PICA awards coming to the fore next year, telling Australian Printer, “We want to hold a genuinely regional PICAs in western NSW, Queensland, and regional Victoria.”

 

Tickets for the dinner event are priced at $140, while the Golf Day, and Industry Summit are priced at $30. Interested attendees can see all three for a $180 fee, while a table of 10 for the NPAs dinner will cost $1200. All can be purchased here.

 

Last year’s NPAs were held alongside PacPrint, at Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre. You can take a look at photos from the event here.

 

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