The LIA Award programs are based on an ongoing two year cycle which commences with the presentation of awards in each state, every year. At the end of a two year cycle the National Awards are presented at the LIA’s Biennial Conference.
This is the longest running continuous award of the Institute, dating back to 1972, when it was known as the LIA Apprentice of the Year – Sponsored by Seligson and Clare, then the Heidelberg agents in Australia. This award is presented annually in each mainland state at special award presentation dinners. Heidelberg provides handsome award plaques to the winners and certificates to the employer.
The winning graduate in each state is chosen by a highly qualified judging panel of LIA members. The candidates are put forward by TAFE teaching staff as the ‘pick of the bunch’ in their particular stream. There are usually four to eight such candidates in each state, generally covering the spectrum of the printing trades.
Every two years Heidelberg funds the air fares and accommodation of the winning state graduates to the LIA’s Biennial conference. There, apart from active participation in the conference program, they are individually interviewed by a national judging panel of eminent industry leaders and a winner is selected to receive the GAMAA – LIA National Graduate Scholarship Prize.
The Visual Connections, LIA National Graduate Scholarship Prize
A condition of acceptance of this prize is, that the money must be used in the furtherance of the winner’s education. The announcement of the winner and the presentation of the Prize is the highlight presentation of the conference gala dinner.
There are usually ten graduates vying for the $15,000 prize, comprising the winning state graduates from the current and previous year. Without exception, when they come together, their spirit and enthusiasm is infectious.. They are hosted by major printing companies, who provide informative plant tours and hospitality, they get to know each other and in some cases form lasting friendships.