September 06, 2012 - 2:39pm
Notwithstanding the troubled economic times in which we live, the Queensland PICAs continued to shine under its new 'spring' rendition with 250 industry people celebrating the best the industry had to offer at the 2012 PICA Awards Presentation dinner on Saturday 1 September at the Brisbane Hilton.
Sensing a need for something new and innovative, the PICA Organising Committee decided to launch a ‘spring edition’ in 2012 to get the event away from the socially crowded month of November. So for the first time in its 19 year history, the dinner departed its usual November date and launched into spring on the 1 September 2012.
And what a success the night was. Entries were up this year which boded for spirited competition for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and this heightened level of competition commuted to more companies attending the Awards dinner than in recent years.
The Presentation evening was skillfully managed by well-known industry identity and Master of Ceremonies Bruce Irwin.
PICA Organising Committee Chair Susan Heaney acknowledged that in these tough economic times it was difficult to sidestep the challenges of running and managing a printing business and have some fun.
"One of the reasons why we moved the date was to capitalise on the feelings which are synonymous with spring: a fresh start, blossoms, longer days and balmy nights," she said.
"And the change proved to be successful! We had a great night, full of great competition, recognition of the best we can offer in print and lots of laughter and fun".
Printing Industries State Manager, Neal McLary, said that an essential element of the Awards was recognition of the 'up and coming' within the Industry - the apprentices.
"Emma Nugent from IPG Print was awarded the highly acclaimed Printing Industries Southbank Institute of Technology Apprentice of the Year and Jarrod Smith from GEON Print and Communication Solutions received a gold award for his entry into Category 26 - Entry Produced by an Apprentice," he said.
"These are exceptional young people who justifiably deserve the accolades they have received for their consistent work. They are outstanding examples of the kind of people being nurtured by our member companies."
Mr McLary said planning for next year's Awards had already begun, so members should start putting away those exemplary examples of printing NOW!
A complete list of category winners can be found in the Awards booklet here.
The winners were:
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