Blue Star, Collotype top NPA finalists

Blue Star, Collotype Labels, Adams Print, and Offset Alpine are the frontrunners for tomorrow night’s National Print Awards with the most shortlisted entries.

Last year’s Judges Award winner Adams Print has six jobs included in the finalists list, just behind Blue Star and Collotype with seven each.

The small Geelong printer that was a surprise victor last year is again a finalist for the category, offset-printed case bound books, it won the top honour for last year.

Label powerhouse Collotype made a strong showing in the label categories with multiple nods in each, plus one for embellishment where it will compete for gold with Avon Graphics.

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Blue Star makes a surprise equal top showing with seven finalist entries, its best result in years, including two in its well-performing wide format business.

Hot on its heels is old rival and NPA mainstay Offset Alpine with five nominations, hoping to make up for last year’s disappointing single gold haul despite a wealth of nominations.

Other printers with significant shortlisted entries include Press Print Solutions and Bambra Press with four; and Platypus Graphics, Advance Press, Nulab, Mercedes Waratah, DigiWeDoo, and Detmold earning three apiece.

Last year’s top nominee Scott Print received only two nods after splitting the WA PICAs with a resurgent Advance Press. Focal Printing and Flying Colours earned one each in Tasmania.

Switching to direct entry has created a wider field with many new names seemingly from left field, rather than being excluded from not winning their state awards.

In all, 44 printers have work that made the finals and will be awarded a medal of some description, but no one will know what colour until their name is called on the night.

There are also three sponsor awards handed out by Currie, Fuji Xerox, and Heidelberg, plus two from major sponsor Media Super.

TV presenter Emma Freedman will co-host the evening with Media Super's Patrick Horneman, with entertainment by pop singer Wendy Matthews at The Waterview in Bicentennial Park, Sydney.

ProPrint will have full coverage of the 2015 National Print Awards results next week and in the June magazine issue.

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