Following a mid-year change in format to the National Print Awards in which only state PICA winners will compete for the Awards, the PIAA is extending entry deadlines, allowing more printers to compete at the state level.
Printing Industries saysthere is strong positive feedback from industry on delivering the printing awards across all states and recreating the consistent approach nationwide for state medalists to be judged on the national stage at the 2018 National Print Awards.
The association says that since the idea was floated, industry players have come out in support of its plans, reinforcing the convenience and importance of allowing businesses time to do justice to the entries they submit.
“To ensure no one misses that opportunity, the entry periods are being extended,” says the association.
Andrew Macaulay, CEO, Printing Industries says, ""Queensland's awards entry period will close on the September 22, and Western Australia will follow in mid-October, with the Awards evenings in both states to occur as planned in November 2017."
"The entry period for NSW, VIC and SA will be kept open and we encourage you to start planning your entries to be in by 1 December 2017. To allow for this, we are going to move the celebration in those three states to March 2018. The grande finale of the National Print Awards will occur in May 2018.
“It's great to receive an overwhelmingly positive response from NSW, VIC and SA in particular; states where there has not been a PICA for several years. The majority of people we have spoken with are thrilled to celebrate printing at a local level again. They welcome the level playing field with all states following the same approach, meaning the National Print Awards can once again be a true measure of the best-of-the-best.
"The feedback we have had also shows that the important message that the only way to compete at the 2018 National Print Awards will be to win a medal at the state competition needs more time to cut through. Entry will be automatic without further cost or requirement, but no participant can choose just to enter the national awards like recent years.
"Responding to this feedback, we are thrilled to announce that the closing dates for entries across all states will be extended. We want to ensure that no one misses out on the 2018 National Print Awards due to a lack of clarity that they need to enter their state's awards.”
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