• Fast painting: WPO lifetime achievement winner Keith Chessell, (left) with his portrait, knocked up by Brad Blaze in less than five minutes, keeping the crowd entertained at the PIDA gala dinner
    Fast painting: WPO lifetime achievement winner Keith Chessell, (left) with his portrait, knocked up by Brad Blaze in less than five minutes, keeping the crowd entertained at the PIDA gala dinner
  • The AIP's Ralph Moyle stands by as finalists Terry Waterson (Auspouch) and Joe Foster (OF Packaging) wait to hear who will be announced Industry Professional of the Year 2019.
    The AIP's Ralph Moyle stands by as finalists Terry Waterson (Auspouch) and Joe Foster (OF Packaging) wait to hear who will be announced Industry Professional of the Year 2019.
  • Industry Professional of the Year 2019: Joe Foster of OF Packaging.
    Industry Professional of the Year 2019: Joe Foster of OF Packaging.
  • Young talent: Karunia Adhiputra (Adhi) was announced Young Packaging Professional of the Year 2019.
    Young talent: Karunia Adhiputra (Adhi) was announced Young Packaging Professional of the Year 2019.
  • Young talent: Poonam Patel was announced the winner of the Packaging New Zealand scholarship for 2019.
    Young talent: Poonam Patel was announced the winner of the Packaging New Zealand scholarship for 2019.
  • Punchbowl Packaging took home Gold in the Sustainable Packaging Materials category for the Kaituna Blueberries peel-able, re-sealable, tamper-proof top seal fibre punnets.
    Punchbowl Packaging took home Gold in the Sustainable Packaging Materials category for the Kaituna Blueberries peel-able, re-sealable, tamper-proof top seal fibre punnets.
  • Mark Daws of Currie Group speaks of the value of collaboration after winning the gold in the Labels & Decoration category for the PKN Rhinosdownunder cover execution.
    Mark Daws of Currie Group speaks of the value of collaboration after winning the gold in the Labels & Decoration category for the PKN Rhinosdownunder cover execution.
  • Craig Wellman, CEO of Wellman Packaging (right) congratulates Aleks Lajovic, MD Impact International, winner of a gold PIDA in the Health, Wellness and Beauty category, while Anthony Peyton reads the citation.
    Craig Wellman, CEO of Wellman Packaging (right) congratulates Aleks Lajovic, MD Impact International, winner of a gold PIDA in the Health, Wellness and Beauty category, while Anthony Peyton reads the citation.
  • Lisa Sorensen, Lewis Road Creamery, New Zealand. Gold award in Beverage and Circular Economy (Sustainability) categories.
    Lisa Sorensen, Lewis Road Creamery, New Zealand. Gold award in Beverage and Circular Economy (Sustainability) categories.
  • An elated Michael van Dord of Caps and Closures on winning the Gold along with Nulon in the Domestic & Household category.
    An elated Michael van Dord of Caps and Closures on winning the Gold along with Nulon in the Domestic & Household category.
  • Danone picks up the gold in the food category.
    Danone picks up the gold in the food category.
  • Packed to the rafters.
    Packed to the rafters.
  • Anthony Peyton, entertaining MC for the night.
    Anthony Peyton, entertaining MC for the night.
  • George Ganzenmuller congratulates Apoorv Mehrotra of Oji Fibre Solutions.
    George Ganzenmuller congratulates Apoorv Mehrotra of Oji Fibre Solutions.
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It was a night of celebration for the Australasian packaging industry when 200 representatives gathered in Sydney earlier this week to see who had achieved the top accolades in 2019 Packaging Innovation and Design awards. We caught some highlights on camera.

Scroll through the gallery at the top of the page to see some of this year's winners in the spotlight.

Read PKN's report about the sector winners here, sustainability winners here, accessible design winners here, save food packaging design winners here and industry professional winners here.

Food & Drink Business

In a world first, a team from Central Queensland University (CQU) has built an automated mango harvester prototype.

A record level of food recalls in 2018 reflects problems with organisational food safety culture as well as poor training, controls and a lack of accountability, risk management specialist SAI Global says.

Craft brewer SAMPLE Brew has gone into administration. Insolvency firm Rodgers Reid is seeking expressions of interest to buy the business.