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The National Print Awards, are hosted annually by the Print and Visual Communications Association (PVCA) with an evening of celebrations which reach from coast to coast.

Print and Visual Communications Association The awards are supported by PICAs in a number of states (Diemen Awards in Tasmania).   Established nearly 40 years ago, the National Print Awards recognise and encourage the achievement of excellence in print in Australia. Over the years, the Awards have evolved alongside the industry, to represent all aspects of our diverse and exciting sector.

 

Looking back to 2021

Media Super Support Pivotal To Awards Success

As the 2021 Printing Awards season drew to a close this month, we pay tribute to one of the awards most loyal, long-term sponsors, Media Super.

Media Super has supported the Printing Industry Creativity Awards (PICAs) and the National Print Awards for many years as the events’ Platinum sponsor and, as part of their support for the national awards, presents two of the industry’s most highly sought-after individual recognition Awards.

The Media Super Young Executive of the Year recognises a person who has been in the industry for ten years or less, but who has already made a significant contribution to both his workplace and the wider industry and who shows exemplary promise as a future leader in the print, packaging and visual communications sector.

The Media Super Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates the contribution of individuals who have invested their career in the print and graphic communications sector and have demonstrated outstanding commitment and achievement in their personal careers, their business contributions, and their wider input and support for the industry. It is without question the Australian industry’s most prestigious honour.

The support which Media Super has shown, and continues to demonstrate, for the print and graphic communications sector, is outstanding. Without the support of such sposors, it would simply not be possible to stage these industry events which are so vital to encouraging excellence, recognising and rewarding endeavour and achievement, and celebrating the success of our dynamic and exciting sector.

We thank them, and all our sponsors, most sincerely.

Celebrations for PICAs & NPAs

The 38th National Print Awards, hosted by the Print and Visual Communications Association (PVCA) has been marked in fine style in on Friday 5 November with an evening of celebrations that reached from coast to coast.

Printing Industry Creativity Awards (PICA) award winners from Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia were announced early in the evening, with the ‘Best of the Best’ naztional winners announced later at a gala presentation dinner in Brisbane hosted by Walkley Award winning journalist and broadcaster, Patrick Condren.

Read all about the celebrations below, including the Queensland and South Australian PICAs which were held earlier in the year, and scroll to the bottom of the page for a full list of PICA and NPA winners.

National Print Awards Celebrated Across Australia

The National Print Awards was presented following the remaining state PICAs, in a tightly timed event that was broadcast simultaneously into five states across four time zones.

Established nearly 40 years ago, the National Print Awards recognise and encourage the achievement of excellence in print in Australia. Over the years, the Awards have evolved alongside the industry, to represent all aspects of our diverse and exciting sector.

This year, a sizeable crowd gathered in the Sky Room & Terrace at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre for a sit-down dinner to cap off the industry’s ultimate awards competition with the presentation of the 38th National Print Awards.

MC’d by well-known Walkley award-winning broadcaster and journalist, Patrick Condren, the glittering presentation dinner saw Carbon8 from New South Wales crowned as the night’s biggest winner with five Gold Awards and a Bronze, followed by Victoria’s Styleprint taking three Golds and a Bronze.

In the battle for State dominance, New South Wales took the 2021 honours with seven Gold, followed by Victoria with six and Queensland with four. Two medals headed over to Tasmania following the presentations, with the final Gold medal chalked up to South Australia.

Printer of the Year – Offset, was awarded to Rawson Print Co for The BOND Book, with Multi Color Corporation taking out Silver and Rawson also winning Bronze. No Gold medals were awarded in the 1,2,3 – Print! Category, but AB Corp took out Silver and Mercury Walch a Bronze.

Carbon8 took home Gold for Printer of the Year – Digital, for Dive West Papua just pipping CCL Labels with Silver, and Peacock Bros Pty Ltd with Bronze. That same job also won Carbon8 its second Gold, this time in Book Printing – Digital. Colour Chiefs took out Silver and The Fotobase Group the Bronze in that category.

The Gold award for Book Printing – Offset, a staple since the Awards were first introduced, went to Foot & Playstead for Joseph Chromy – One Man’s Legacy, with Silver to Ellikon Fine Printers and Bronze to Scotts.

In Leaflets, Flyers and Brochures – Offset the Gold was won by Eckersley Print Group for Padua Strategic Plan 2021 – 2023 with a Silver in that category going to WHO Printing. A third Gold went to Carbon8 in the digital section for Midtown Centre with The Fotobase Group and S&T Graphic Design and Colour Print taking out Bronze.

Another perennial NPA favourite is the Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines categories 15 and 16. Here, the Offset Gold was won by Intoprint for The Siding, with Fast Proof Press taking out Silver. Colour Chiefs won Gold for Digital for Topia Edition – Azure, with Satellite Print and Openbook Howden Print & Design taking out the Silver and Bronze.

In the Specialty Printing section Australia’s new $100 bank note won top honours for Note Printing Australia with Cutler Brands Pty Ltd awarded Silver and Poster Boy Printing Bronze.

In category 18, Commercial Printing, Styleprint took home a Gold medal for Mecca Holiday 2020 with a Bronze awarded to Pegasus Print Group, while Focal Printing Tasmania took out the Gold in another perennial favourite, Stationery Printing, with Inclusive Creatives Stationery. The Silver in that category went to Taylor’d Press and the Bronze to Heaney’s Performers in Print.

The Embellishment category always attracts some beautiful entries, and this year was no exception, with CCL Label winning the top gong for a stunningly embellished label for Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Matured Shiraz. Silver was won by Matte Gold and Bronze by Multi-Color Corporation (Griffith).

Multi-Color Corporation scooped the pool in the Printer of the Year – Labelling, with a Gold for Victoria for Ganglin Mandarin Chilli Gin, a Silver for SA and the Bronze going to Queensland. When it came to Self-Promotion, Styleprint took out the Gold for Styleprint Escape from 2020, with Fast Proof Press winning Silver for their calendar and the Bronze going to Carbon8.

Printer of the Year – Large Format went to Cactus Imaging for Sandstones Building Wrap with Colour Chiefs taking Silver and Styleprint the Bronze, while Printer of the Year – Packaging was won by Networkpak for Pure Body Luxe. Silver was taken home to Tasmania by Mercury Walch and the Bronze to Rawson Print Co.

Kuhn Corp, which scooped the pool at the Queensland Awards, won the Small Business Printer for the Year – Up to 12 Employees, taking home Gold for IGA Marketplace Magazine – Christmas 2020 with Silver going to EPM and Bronze to Taylor’d Press.

Styleprint added a third Gold, this time for Branding & Identity for Baker’s Delight BCNA Insta Wall, with Silver and Bronze in that category going to The Fotobase Group, while Carbon8 rounded out rounded out its tally of five Gold, taking out the top award for Multi-Piece Promotions & Campaigns with Kurraba Residences ahead of The Fotobase Group who won Silver and Styleprint who took home Bronze. Designer of the Year went to Sunshine Coast Design for Noosa – The Guide produced for Saturate and Printed by Sunprint Pty Ltd.

Chair of Judges, Luke Wooldridge, said the judging of the 2021 State Printing Industry Creativity Awards saw the panel of industry experts review well over 300 entries across 32 categories, first selecting the PICA winners for each state, then comparing the Gold Medal winning entries from across Australia for the Judges’ Awards and National Print Awards honours.

“While the awards continue to be judged on craftsmanship and print quality, other criteria such as aesthetics, creativity, innovation and the user experience are also major factors in deciding the winning entries, with judges examining every aspect of every job in detail to check for imperfections,” Wooldridge explained.

“The print entries received this year were of the highest quality and reflective of the high standard of production for which Australian print industry is renowned; they were truly world class,” he said.

Individual and business awards, which are separately nominated and judged, were also presented on the night.

Impact International won Gold in the Environmental Sustainability Award, with Silver awarded to Eckersley Group and Bronze to Sunprint Pty Ltd. The Workplace Environment Award went to IVE Group.

Zaidee Jackson from Ball & Doggett was named winner of the Exceptional Women in Print Award. Chris Grant from Active Display Group won Media Super Young Executive of the Year and Cactus Imaging founder Keith Ferrel was honoured for his outstanding contribution to the industry with the Media Super Lifetime Achievement Award.

Walter Kuhn, President of the PVCA, which hosts the Awards, says the night reflected the industry’s resilience, flexibility and strength.

“It was wonderful to be able to recognise the achievement of excellence in print, and to pay tribute to the people and businesses who are leading the way in our industry,” he said, adding that it was particularly pleasing to see many across the country finally able to get together and celebrate.

“Despite the challenges of the past 12 months, Friday evening proved that, even in the toughest of times, our industry businesses are producing work which is as good, if not better, than ever. We sincerely congratulate all the winners and look forward to the 2022 Printing Awards, which will kick off early in the new year.”

New South Wales PICAs

The much anticipated presentation of New South Wales’ state Awards was held at a dinner at Ovolo, Wooloomooloo, where guests relished the opportunity to celebrate both the PICAs and the NPAs, which were livestreamed into the event from Brisbane.

The country’s most populous State topped the medal tally with 20 Gold Awards. Leading the charge was Carbon8 with five Gold, three Silver and one Bronze award. Their top awards were won for Printer of the Year – Digital, Book Printing – Digital, Leaflets, Flyers and Brochures – Digital, Self Promotion and Multi-piece Promotions & Campaigns.

Another three Golds went to Rawson Print Co for Book Printing – Offset, Printer of the Year – Packaging and Printer of the Year – Offset. The company also bagged a Silver and a Bronze. Who Printing took out a pair of Gold medals for Leaflets, Flyers & Brochures – Offset and Stationery Printing, and complemented those with a Silver and three Bronze awards.

Kwik Kopy Darling Harbour scooped the pool for Small Business Printer of the Year with up to 12 employees, taking home the Gold, Silver and Bronze in that category and Multi-Color Corporation took two top awards home to Griffith, for Embellishment and Printer of the Year – Labelling.

Satellite Print took out Gold for Booklets, Catalogues and Magazines, along with a trio of Silver and Bronze medallions, and Pegasus Print Group took out the Gold for Commercial Printing, along with two Silver and one Bronze award. Other Gold medal winners included Momento Pro in Limited Editions, Posterboy Printing in Specialty Printing, and Cactus Imagine for Large Format, a category where Silver went to SOS Print + Media.

The medal tally was rounded out by AB Corp, who won two Silvers and a Bronze on the night, Peachy Print with a Silver and Bronze, while Impact International, Intoprint and Noakes Design all took home Bronze.

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Victorian PICAs

With Victoria still in the grip of lockdown and gathering restrictions, the industry’s print professionals had to celebrate the PICAs from their lounge rooms, with a specially curated ‘in-home experience’ providing the gourmet catering to accompany the events, which were livestreamed from Brisbane on Friday 4 November.

A total of 15 Gold medals was awarded, with Style Print the clear leader taking out five of the top awards for Commercial Printing, Self-Promotion, Large Format, Branding & Identity and Multi-Piece Promotions & Campaigns. Taylor’d Press took home two Gold for Stationery Printing and Small Business Printer of the Year – up to 12 Employees, as well as two Silvers and a Bronze. Ellikon Fine Printers also scored two major gongs, for Book Printing – Offset, and Limited Editions.

Multi-Color Victoria’s mammoth haul included a Gold for Printer of the Year – Labelling, along with four Silver and four Bronze medals. Others on the Gold Medal leader board included Peacock Brothers, named Printer of the Year – Digital, CMYK Colour Online for Book Printing – Digital, Note Printing Australia for Specialty Printing, Matte Gold for Embellishment and Networkpak for Printer of the Year – Packaging.

Two Silvers and a Bronze went to Complete Colour Printing, with Silver Awards also won by Print2Metal, United Labels and Breen Printing. The Print Department and Magnum Signs scored Bronze awards.

West Australian PICAs

The WA industry was also lucky enough to be able to gather in person to celebrate their State PICA presentations, with a dinner at Crown Perth attracting the ‘who’s who’ of the West.

At the top of the leader board for the WA PICAs was Multi-Color (WA), which won a Gold Award for Embellishment, as well as Gold, Silver and Bronze for Printer of the Year – Digital. Scotts took out a similar trifecta, scooping the medal pool in the Book Printing – Offset category.

Other big winners included S&T Graphic Design & Colour Print who won Gold for Leaflets, Flyers & Brochures – Digital, as well as a Silver Award, Clockwork Printing which took home Gold for Book Printing – Digital and also scored a Bronze, and Intafoil, with Silver and Bronze medals to their name.

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South Australian PICAs

The South Australian PICAs were celebrated at a glittering presentation event at The National Wine Centre of Australia in Adelaide on 16 September, attended by an enthusiastic crowd of more than 60 industry professionals.

As well as witnessing the announcement of winners in the 2021 Printing Industry Creativity Awards, those there on the night also had the long-anticipated opportunity to catch up with industry colleagues and friends over drinks and canapés. View the photo gallery below.

The night’s biggest winner was The Fotobase Group, taking home a stunning seven Gold, five Silver and five Bronze Awards. As well as scooping the pool with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in three categories – Printer of the Year – Large Format; Multi-Piece Promotions & Campaigns; and Leaflets, Flyers and Brochures – Digital – the company’s haul of top gongs also included two Gold Medals in Branding & Identity, and single Golds for Book Printing – Digital and for Stationery Printing.

Cutler Brands won a pair of Gold medals for Specialty Printing and Self-Promotion, as well as a Silver and Bronze; Multi Color Corporation doubled up on both Gold and Silver, with top awards for Printer of the Year in both Offset and Labelling; CCL Label also took home two Golds – for Printer of the Year – Digital, and for Embellishment – as well as two Silvers and a Bronze. Openbook Howden Print & Design rounded out the Gold Medal tally with their award for Booklets, Catalogues & Magazines – Digital, as well as winning a Silver and Bronze.  Other medallists included Detpak Cartons with a Silver award and Kwik Kopy Norwood who went home with Bronze.

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Queensland PICAs

The Queensland print industry gathered together in July to celebrate the achievement of print perfection at the Tattersalls Club in Brisbane, with ColourChiefs, Kuhn Corp and Sunprint among the night’s biggest winners.

More than 90 people gathered for a cocktail celebration in a night where catching up with industry colleagues over drinks and bountiful finger-food was almost as important as the main event – the presentation of the Printing Industry Creativity Awards.

Kuhn Corp took out the Printer of the Year for both Offset and Packaging, the Small Business Printer of the Year Award up to 12 Employees, as well as six silver and two bronze medals. Fast Proof Press was named Printer of the Year in the Digital category and added to its Gold tally with a category win in Booklets, Catalogues & Magazines, Offset, and another in Self-Promotion.

Sunprint Pty Ltd also took out three Golds – for Book Printing, Offset, Limited Editions and Regional Printer of the Year up to 12 Employees, as well as four Silver and one Bronze medal. Colour Chiefs was another triple-gold winner with top gongs for Book Printing – Digital and Booklets, Catalogues & Magazines – Digital and Large Format, as well as one silver.

Other Gold winners on the night included Eckersley Print Group with a win in the Leaflets, Flyers & Brochures, Offset category, Heaney’s Performers in Print who took out the Stationery Printing award, Multi-Color Queensland which won Printer of the Year for Labelling, DMS Creative which won the Branding & Identity category, and Saturate, who took out Designer of the Year.

The Lithographic Institute of Australia also presented the Heidelberg LIA Graduate of the Year Awards for 2020 and 2021. The Awards, which recognise the State’s leading apprentices, were presented to Ashleigh Jones from Digital Synergy for 2020, and Joshua West from Multi-Color Corporation for 2021.

“It was wonderful to see the industry able to gather together, and we sincerely thank all those who entered and attended, and warmly congratulate all the winners,” said Peter Harper, CEO of Visual Connections which organised the event on behalf of hosts the Print & Visual Communications Association (PVCA).

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