SWUG Newspaper Awards

The SWUG Awards for newspaper production are held in conjunction with the conference.

Newspapers produced in Australia and New Zealand are judged on a range of criteria in several categories covering single and double width presses, commercial publications and products printed on enhanced stock.

The results are announced at the Gala Dinner on the final night of the conference.


SWUG Awards 2016

The results of the 2016 SWUG Awards for newspaper production were announced at the annual conference in March.

The winning entries, including publication title, were as follows:

Best overall print quality – Category 1

Winner of Brissett Shield: APN Rockhampton for The Observer

Runner-up: Fairfax North Richmond for Australian Financial Review

Highly Commended: Fairfax Beresfield for Newcastle Herald

Best coldset commercial publication – Category 2

Winner of Flint Shield: Fairfax North Richmond for Dubbo Photo News

Runner-up: Colourpress for West Weekend

Highly Commended: APN Warwick for HTM Liquor Legends

Best overall print quality double width – Category 3

Winner of Norske Skog trophy: NZME Ellerslie for Chinese Herald

Runner-up: Fairfax North Richmond for Sydney Morning Herald

Highly Commended: Fairfax Wodonga for Star Weekly

Best Newspaper on Enhanced Stock (over 50gsm SW/DW) – Category 4

Winner of DIC Shield: Fairfax Canberra for Life & Leisure

Runner-up: Fairfax Launceston for North East Advertiser

Highly Commended: Fairfax Launceston for Explorer East Coast























2016 SWUG Awards winners gallery

Winner of the Brissett Shield for Best Print Quality at the 2016 SWUG Awards (presented to Scott Henshaw, print site manager, by Glenn Brissett, right) was APN Rockhampton for The Observer newspaper.

Ian Johns of DIC, left, presented Bill Shortland of Fairfax Canberra with the DIC Shield for Best Newspaper on Enhanced Stock for its production of Life & Leisure.

The 2016 Flint Shield for Best Coldset Commercial Print went to Fairfax North Richmond for Dubbo Photo News, presented by Flint national sales manager Anthony Cadden (left) to Fairfax North Richmond pressroom manager Josh Herron.

Norske Skog's Tania Gordon, right, presented Russell Wiecke of NZME Ellerslie with the award for Best Overall Print Quality for double width presses for its production of The Chinese Herald newspaper.


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