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Sweet success for students at The Print Show

Leeds University student Melanie Edwards has been declared the lucky winner of a national print competition that challenged entrants to get creative and design a voucher for a special giveaway at The Print Show this year.

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(Left) Brendan Perring, editor of Print Monthly, and (right) Neil Lovell of The Printing Charity present the winner with their prizes at The Print Show

Run by The Printing Charity in partnership with Print Monthly and The Print Show, the competition attracted entrants from across the UK, with Edwards’ winning design used on a voucher at the show.

Visitors on the opening morning of the show were able to pick up the voucher at the new Printers’ Bazaar section of the show and head to the Print Monthly stand to exchange it for as much pic ‘n’ mix as they could eat all day.

Winning £250 of Amazon gift vouchers, Edwards, a 2015 Print Futures Awards winner who is studying Graphic and Communication Design at Leeds, says: “I have a passion for print and tactile handmade design, so when I saw that the brief was to demonstrate ‘the beauty of print and how its tactile and tangible quality really can affect those who engage with it’, I knew I had to get involved.”

I loved the fact that it was a real design brief and a way for The Printing Charity to help young talent gain practical work experience

Paula Caffrey and Keir Mucklestone-Barnett, both winners of a Print Futures Award this year, were runners-up with their design entries and picked up luxury hampers as prizes.


(L to R) Brendan Perring, editor of Print Monthly, Melanie Edwards, Graphic and Communication Design student, and Neil Lovell, chief executive officer of The Printing Charity

Neil Lovell, chief executive and secretary of The Printing Charity, says: “I loved the fact that it was a real design brief and a way for The Printing Charity to help young talent gain practical work experience. 

“The standard of entries was very high, so congratulations to Melanie, Paula and Keir.”

Lovell continues, explaining the mission of his organisation: "The Printing Charity is proud of its heritage and has been supporting people of all ages working in printing, packaging and publishing since 1827. Its charitable aims include promoting independence, protecting dignity and furthering education.  It meets the needs of those it helps through one-off and regular grants, and working strategically with industry partners to attract and retain future talent in the industry. "


The winning voucher design was printed and handed out at The Print Show, giving recipients access to unlimited sweets from Print Monthly's pick 'n' mix stand




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