2014 National Print Awards


National Print Awards Printing Categories - ENTER HERE
National Print Awards Graphic Design Categories - ENTER HERE
Media Super Printing Industry Legend Award - NOMINATE HERE
Media Super Young Executive Award - NOMINATE HERE
Fuji Xerox Effectiveness Award - ENTER HERE

Call For Entries Document - CLICK HERE
Conditions of Entry - CLICK HERE

Filling out the Entry Form - CLICK HERE
Judges Tips - CLICK HERE
Not sure which category to enter?  CLICK HERE for full category list


You are invited to submit your most outstanding work for entry into the 2016 Media Super National Print Awards.

The 2016 categories have been expanded to reflect the growing diversity of our industry, and now includes graphic design categories and a graphic design student category amongst others, as well as continuing to promote and recognize excellence in traditional and modern printing methods.

Our chief sponsor, Media Super, will once again award the two most illustrious awards, the Media Super Printing Industry Legend Award, and the Media Super Young Executive Award.  Separate entry forms to nominate someone from the industry for either of these esteemed awards is available for download from the following links:
Media Super Printing Industry Legend Award Nomination form - download here.
Media Super Young Executive Nomination form - download here.

The Fuji Xerox Effectiveness Award has a separate entry process and entries for this award should be submitted via the separate entry form available here.




  1. All entries must have been printed between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015.
  2. Entries should be delivered to: 
    National Print Awards
    Level 3, Suite 3, 9 Help Street,
    Chatswood  NSW  2067

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 29 January 2016.

  1. All entries must be accompanied by the relevant entry fee ($55 per entry, GST inclusive, for PIAA members, $65 per entry, GST inclusive, for non PIAA members – excluding Category 23 – Student Award – Graphic Design – which is free to enter).

    Cheques should be made payable to “National Print Awards”.  Payment can be made via EFT to: National Print Awards – BSB 033 126 Account:  409793.  Please include remittance advice with entry form. 

    Entries into the Media Super Printing Industry Legend Award, the Media Super Young Executive Award and the Fuji Xerox Effectiveness Award are free of charge.
  2. This competition is open to all Australian based companies, individuals or associations involved in any area of print production, including:

    Advertising agencies, art and design studios, advertisers and clients, printing companies, pre-press companies, print finishing, paper merchants, or any other person or company associated with the production or purchase of print.
  3. There is no restriction on the type of stock used.  Imported stock, artwork or photographs from overseas sources are acceptable, however PRINTING AND FINISHING MUST BE PRODUCED IN AUSTRALIA.  In the case of graphic design categories, all graphic design must have been completed in its entirety in Australia.
  4. An official entry form must be completed for each entry.  Please supply typed or clearly written details.  Forms must be fully completed and make recognition of all contributing sources, with accurate spelling as the details submitted on the entry will be used as copy for the award book and certificates. The committee accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies in the details submitted. 
  5. Two (2) samples of each entry are required where possible.  Both samples should be entered together with the entry form attached to one sample via paper clip or similar.  Where original work cannot be submitted (e.g.: large scale signage), a high resolution reproduction of the work should be entered, along with a small sample (1 metre x 1 metre maximum) of the original work.

    Digital components of entries should be submitted via  web page link.  Please write any web page links clearly on the entry form.
  6. All entries will be retained by National Print Awards.  However, if you do require your entry to be returned, this must be noted on the entry form, and pick-up arranged before 30 June 2016.  After this date, all entries become the property of National Print Awards and will be disposed of.
  7. Entries of value should be insured by the entrant.  Although every care is taken, National Print Awards accepts no responsibility for any entry that is lost or damaged whilst in their possession or in transit.
  8. Entries will be restricted to six entries per category, per company.  Companies may enter as many categories as they choose.  In the event a company enters more than this number in a single category, a panel of judges will determine which six should go onto the main judging in that category, or will reassign entries to a different category if possible.
  9. The Judging Committee’s decision will be final.
  10. Where a duplicate entry of the same item is entered into the same category by different entrants, priority will be given to the printer’s entry (in printing categories) or graphic designer (in graphic design categories) and the subsequent entry and payment will be returned with a letter of explanation to the other entrant.
  11. Your entry form must specify a category in which to enter the piece. An entry may be recategorised at the Chief Judge’s discretion.
  12. In the event of low entry numbers in a particular category, the entries from that category may be combined into another suitable category. 
  13. Entries, regardless of category or format, that promote any organization within the scope of the printing industry, or which feature the printing company or entrant’s name as a prominent feature of the entry, will be classified as “self-promotion”.  


An official entry form must be completed for each entry.

Section A of the entry form is used to catalogue all entries and is notshown to the judges.  Attach Section A to your entry with a paper clip or similar.

Section B is for technical details to be considered by the judges. Ensure you do not have your business name or any identifying information written on this section. 

Securely affix Section B to the back of your entry


Remember, these awards are for Excellence in Print and Graphic Design so....

  1. Don’t leave it until the last moment to select your entries for submission. When a suitable job comes in, carefully check during the run and keep some perfect copies for potential entry in the National Print Awards.
  2. Supply duplicate copies whenever possible; (to allow for damage in transit etc) the judges will always check the second copy if a problem appears to be not the printer/print finisher’s error.
  3. Consider entering the same entry in more than one category to increase your chances of winning.
  4. Ensure good presentation - creased or folded prints do not maximise the appearance of the entry.
  5. Fill out all the criteria required on the entry form carefully and accurately, describing the processes that went into the job, (including the machine) difficulties in production, details of embellishment or specific effects required by the customer.
  6. Examine the entire job with a magnifying glass, the Judges will! Check and re-check before submission. At least two judges will look at every page.
  7. The Judges will be looking for:
  • Perfect registration – mis-registration is the most common fault in ALL categories
  • Total absence of all forms of hickies and spots
  • Reverse type that fills in
  • Precise page line-ups and even colour continuity across the print
  • No mottle, setoff, scuff, scratches or other marking
  • In digital, no banding, gloss differentiation, guide marking, adhesion wicking, bleed
  •  In solvent based systems, no filling in, tailing, dot skip (and especially no mottle)

In addition to print appearance, judges may also consider:

  • Quality of image preparation, bleed and plate fit.
  • Accuracy of finishing – folding, binding, trimming and assembly.
  • Cleanness and precision of die-cutting and other embellishments

The Judges also assess the degree of difficulty and the skill required in producing the job.  This is the real evidence of good printing management, not just good luck!