With entries closing at the end of August, the PrintNSW Excellence Awards have attracted more than 250 entries, whilst their southern counterparts received a whopping 340 submissions, double the number they received last year.
Western Australia, Tasmania, South Australia and Northern Territory also received a record number of entries for their awards earlier this year, in what amounts to a positive response to the new format for PICA, whereby gold award winners in each state are automatically entered as finalists for the national awards.
“We still need to encourage companies to plan their entries during the year, [therefore] minimising the last minute avalanche of entries, but this response is excellent,” said Joe Kowalewski, Printing Industries’ national communications and technical services manager.
“As with the award events held last month, the standard of entries is trending very high, with more individual submissions from a wider range of printing companies participating in the state competitions.”
The NSW Print Excellence Awards are set to take place in Sydney on October 10, with the Victorian equivalent being held a week later in Melbourne. The National Print Awards will take place on 29 May 2009 in Melbourne in conjunction with the PacPrint exhibition.
Entries for the Queensland PICA competition close on 19 September and for the ACT PAGE Awards on 17 October.
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