PICA Victoria deadline extended, Barnes chief of judges

With entries flooding in to the offices of Printing Industries Victorian head office in Mulgrave to beat today’s deadline, organisers have announced a week’s extension to ensure last minute entries do not miss out.

They have also revealed well-known industry identity and former head of the Melbourne College of Printing Graeme Barnes will head up this year’s judging panel.

Entries for the competition will now be accepted until close of business next Friday September, 20, with no further extensions possible as judging will commence the following Tuesday September 24 under Barnes’ leadership.

Announcing the moves, PICA Victoria chairman Trevor Hone says, “Everyone is busy and we know that getting your entries together for print competitions is often not prioritised until the deadline is looming – so while it would be nice for our team to have a full week’s preparation, it’s more important that we ensure examples of great print don’t miss out on their chance to be recognised and applauded at PICA and, ultimately, the National Print Awards.

“We’re delighted that Graeme Barnes has agreed to act as the chairman of judges for this year’s competition. Graeme is a highly respected industry expert, educator and craftsman who has nearly 60 years continuous involvement in our great industry covering everything from letterpress, flexo and gravure printing to offset and digital.

“As a teacher of 30 years standing and head of the former Melbourne College of Printing and Graphic Arts prior to its acquisition by RMIT, a key member of industry associations and initiatives too numerous to mention, and a former judge and chairman of judges in various industry awards including PICA and the NPA, Graeme brings a depth of knowledge and expertise which would be difficult to rival,” he said.

As for those still keen to put their print under the expert eyes of Barnes and his team this year, Hone says the time for procrastination is over. “This is it; there won’t be any more extensions so make sure you get your entries in by Friday.”

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