National Print Awards Printing Industries Association of Australia

2017 Categories

Printing categories

Printing and Graphic Design categories require the online entry form and entry label.


  1. Leaflets, flyers, or brochures on a single sheet of stock
    1. 1-3 Colours, Offset
    2. 4 Colours, Offset
    3. Any number of colours, Digital
  2. Books
    1. Case Bound. Any number of colours, Offset.
    2. Limp Bound. Any number of colours, Offset.
    3. Case Bound or Limp Bound, Digital.
  3. Booklets, Catalogues, Brochures & Magazines
    1. With or without cover. Any style of finish or binding. 90gsm and below (excluding cover). Up to 72pp. Offset.
    2. With or without cover. Any style of finish or binding. Over 90gsm (excluding cover). Up to 72pp. Offset.
    3. With or without a cover. Any style of finish or binding. Up to 72pp. Digital.
  4. Packaging
    Any material. Any printing method. Do not supply mounted.
  5. Stationery
    Any format. Any printing method. Do not supply mounted.
  6. Web Offset
    Heat Set or Cold Set
  7. Commercial Posters, Show Cards, Card Constructions, Postcards and Greeting Cards
  8. Wide Format
    1. Rigid Substrate.
    2. Flexible Substrate.
  9. Impact, Sensory and Direct Mail
    Any printing method.
  10. Presentation Folders
    Any printing method.
  11. Multi Piece Productions and Campaigns
    May include such items as folders including leaflets, ring binders including indices, printed envelopes including contents or any production of three or more items of a consistent theme for the same client. Any printing method.
  12. Annual Reports / Prospectus
    1. Any binding method. Offset.
    2. Any binding method. Digital.
  13. Labels
    1. Offset.
    2. Other than Offset.
  14. Calendars
    Any printing method.
  15. Limited Edition
    May include any item that is produced in numbered limited quantities - i.e. 3 of 1000. The total number produced must not exceed 1000 copies. Any printing method.
  16. Self Promotion
    Entries, regardless of category or format, that promote any organisation within the scope of the printing industry, or which feature the printing company or entrant's name as a prominent feature, will be classified as "self-promotion". Any printing method.
  17. Specialty Printing
    May include promotional printing, letterpress, architectural printing, glass printing, screen printing, 3D printing, laser etching or textile printing. Any number of colours, any substrate. Any printing method.
  18. Embellishment
    The enhancement of a printed job by the addition of decorative processes. These may include embossing or de-bossing, gold blocking or other foiling or use of specialised adhesive panels. It does not include, for example, the addition only of a spot varnish.

Graphic Design categories

  1. Typography
    Use of existing fonts or uniquely created type in either a multi-page document or single item (motif, brand, icon or statement).
  2. Illustration
    Any rendering produced by hand or digitally. Single piece or imbedded in a design project.
  3. Corporate Identity
    This award celebrates the creative visual representation of ideas and messages to promote a business, service, event or product into the marketplace. Must cover at least two mediums (or applications across print and digital media) and include an original logo design which will be judged on its single merit as part of this category. Consideration will be given to consistency, clarity of communication and appropriateness of the design solution to the target audience.
  4. Print/Digital Campaign
    A print medium, produced by any printing process (any format, any size, any material) which is supported and complemented by a multimedia campaign to benefit a brand, concept, product or business. Entries will be judged on a combination of production and appropriate use of technology.
  5. Student Award
    Any unpublished concept (to finished art quality) or printed piece created to self-promote the students ability.

Major awards

Major awards require different application forms.

Media Super

Media Super Industry Legend Award
The Media Super Printing Industry Legend Award recognises the contributions to the printing industry of somebody who has:

Achieved success and longevity in the industry; introduced innovative practices;

Demonstrated industry leadership through involvement with Printing Industries and other bodies;

Made contributions to the community outside the industry;

Earned the respect of his or her peers.


Media Super Young Executive Award
The Media Super Young Executive Award recognizes and rewards exceptional employees who show exemplary promise as future leaders in the print, packaging and graphic communications sector.


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