The 12th annual Cormack Innovation Awards was held on 31 October at Sydney’s Dockside venue. The design brief for 2013 was ‘Products for People with Accessibility Constraints’, which certainly gave the students who entered some important issues to consider with their submissions.

More than a design award program, the Cormack Innovation Awards are a foundation program that introduces students to the practical nature of packaging and product design, and helps to create a bridge between tertiary studies and the industry.

This year’s first prize was awarded to designer Dominic See from the University of New South Wales for his simple yet inventive design: Fish Eyed Joe’s Tuna Can.

Michael Rudd from the University of Western Sydney took second prize with his Pry Top Yoghurt Container, while third prize went to Shelley Javier from the University of Technology Sydney for her Ketchup Cap sauce packaging.

Shelley was also awarded Equal first Place with Mariana Abdo, from the University of Technology Sydney, for their designs judged separately by the Australian Packaging Covenant for their Sustainability Award.

In addition, three Highly Commended awards were given by Cormack to Jonathan Conway from University of Technology Sydney, Jonathan Li from University of Technology Sydney and Shane Prasad from University of Western Sydney.

The Australian Institute of Packaging again partnered the program and awarded equal winners with their scholarship. The recipients were James Bossi and Justin Chong both from the University of Technology Sydney.

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