Hear ye loyal servants of the craft

Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards

November 6, 2017 / Comments Off on Hear ye loyal servants of the craft


Printing Industries Association of Australia is honouring the tradition of the Wayzgoose in the first of their state-based Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICA) events approaching in November.

Originally an entertainment given by a master-printer to his workmen marking the beginning of the season of working by candle-light, in later use the Wayzgoose became an annual festivity held in summer by the employees of a printing establishment.

Through the 2017/18 awards programme as the PICA lead into the National Print Awards, this festivity will be brought to life as industry comes together to celebrate and acknowledge the quality of the craft.

Judging is now complete for the print and design categories in both Queensland and Western Australia. Chief Judge, Jen Baile, says “the way our industry responds to the demands of the time never ceases to amaze our judges. We are consistently blown away by the professionalism, quality and creativity that we see amongst the award entries and 2017 is no exception”.

“The state-based awards allow us to recognise and reward the unique abilities within each state. In Western Australia, the specialisation across the labelling categories makes for extreme competition, whereas in Queensland we notice the point of sale and wide format categories become more hotly contended”.

“The restriction this year to award a maximum of one Gold, Silver and Bronze medal for each category demanded greater discipline and fierce debate from the judges. Though a challenge at the time, it will make for a competitive National Print Awards as the medalists from each state compete on the national stage to be judged the best of the best”, Baile says.

Whilst judging of the design and printing awards are complete, there is still opportunity to enter the business awards for Western Australia if you act quickly.

Media Super are once again demonstrating their support to the industry with two tailored awards: the Media Super Young Executive of the Year Award that recognises exceptional young employees who show exemplary promise as future leaders; and the Media Super Industry Legend Award that recognises a long term contribution to the print, packaging and graphic communications sectors.

Western Australia also has two state-specific business awards: the FutureNow Workforce Development Award which recognises a business committed to developing their workforce, and the Environmental Award open to Sustainable Green Print and Green Stamp accredited businesses.

You can download nomination and entry forms here

Bring your teams, friends and family to be part of this fantastic celebration of the craft of printing.


Tickets are selling fast for:

Queensland on the 10th November at the Pullman, book here

Western Australia on the 25th November at the Crown Perth, book here