Print 2 Metal to print winning photographs onto metal

Victoria-based printer that prints images onto metal, Print 2 Metal, has been selected by its supplier ChromaLuxe to print all the winning photographs for the upcoming World Photographic Cup onto metal.

The company will be producing 24 prints at its Oakleigh factory, printing gold, silver and bronze award photos across all eight categories.

Print 2 Metal will then send the prints to Singapore, where the winners will be announced on 17 March.

The World Photographic Cup is the only competition of its kind in the world that brings together the worldwide photography community in an ‘Olympics-style’ competition. The World Photographic Cup was founded in 2013 as a cooperative effort by The Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA). 

Dye sublimation is the printing process used by Print 2 Metal.

The images are printed onto sublimation paper and the printed side of the paper is then placed on top of the coated side of the aluminium panel. It is then placed into a heat press, activating the inks which turn into a gas and under the pressure, push the inks into the panel. When removed from the press, the inks would have transferred into the coated metal surface.

Print 2 Metal co-owner Marie Cosgrave said, “It has been extra special to be chosen by our suppliers ChromaLuxe from those they supply around the world to print the WPC winning images in recognition of the quality we deliver. We introduced this product to Australia in 2010 and it is a thrill to be presenting our work on a world stage.

“ChromaLuxe metal offers a range of different surfaces from matte, semi-gloss to the most popular ultra-gloss. Metal prints are archival, lightweight, easily cleaned with glass cleaner and most durable, so do not require the protection of a heavy wooden frame and glass. The viewer is much more in touch with the image itself. The prints can be displayed both indoor and outdoor and offer a more contemporary look.”

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