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Quark announces winners of Shine School Media Awards 2011

Quark sponsors awards to encourage English and Welsh secondary schools to take up print and digital publishing challenge

London, UK - 6/28/2011 - Quark announced today the winners of the Shine School Media Awards 2011, a competition open to every secondary school in England and Wales (including Sixth Form Colleges), to reward pupils that worked as a team to create a school’s newspaper, magazine, newsletter, website or online publication. Quark is the Technology Partner of the Shine School Media Awards which are promoted and managed by The Stationers’ Foundation in association with leading media trade bodies.

Winners of the competition include St Paul’s Girls’ School, London, Langley Park School for Boys and Blackpool Sixth Form College. The Shine School Media Awards recognise amongst its categories the best cover, best overall design and layout, best original artwork and photography. There are ten category prizes for which Quark has donated  a site license for the multi-award winning QuarkXPress 9 for the each entire school worth £1,750.  A full list of categories and winners is available at http://shine-schoolawards.org/

The entries were judged by a panel of experts including Lord Black, Executive Director The Daily Telegraph; Nicholas Brett, Editorial Director BBC Magazines; Susan Delgado, Assistant Editor the TES; Juliet Herd, International Managing Editor Hello!;  Gary White, Marketing Design Manager at Cambridge University Press and Matthew Wallis, Vice President EMEA and Asia at Quark Inc.

Matthew Wallis, Vice President of Sales EMEA and Asia at Quark, comments: "It’s great to see pupils involved in both traditional print and digital publishing projects. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the submissions, especially some of the online based contestants who showed a lot creativity and knowledge as how best to layout and produce an online publication. With QuarkXPress students had just one tool to learn for print and digital publishing and spent no time learning complex technology with all of their time devoted learning their craft. Thanks to the Shine Media School Awards pupils have gained invaluable skills that will help them in the future, should they wish to contribute to the broader publishing process and become designers, copy editors, freelance contributors, technical experts or partners.”

Clifford Jakes, Chairman of the Shine School Media Awards 2011, comments: “The Stationers' Foundation, the charity arm of the Stationers' Company, is proud to have launched the inaugural Shine Media Awards. The 2011 competition has been strongly welcomed by schools across the country with support from both state and independent secondary schools. We have been delighted with the calibre of entries and we congratulate the winners, but also all the schools that participated. The competition proves that there is a generation of new talent that has the ability to make its mark on the future of the publishing industry.”

The Gold Award winner, sponsored by the Copyright Licensing Agency,  receives £2,000, the opportunity for three students to attend a Workshop at The Times Educational Supplement, as well as receiving the Harrison Challenge Cup. 
For more information on the Shine School Media Awards 2011 and to enter the 2012 competition, please visit: http://shine-schoolawards.org/

About QuarkXPress for Education
With QuarkXPress — superior page-layout and design software — anyone can create professional-quality promotional materials for print, Web, and interactive formats in a single, affordable application.
Quark offers discounted and volume pricing programmes on QuarkXPress® for qualified education customers. Whether you’re a graphic design student, design instructor, school teacher, or university, Quark’s education programme gives you access to the tools professionals use at a fraction of the cost.
Quark offers schools of all levels and teachers across the world the opportunity to purchase QuarkXPress 9 with a discount of up to 90% on the original price. With Quark's school licenses, education establishments can use QuarkXPress® in their classroom or across the school, from vocational, design and yearbook classes to maths, history, foreign languages, and more. Classroom licenses start at just £35 per license and unlimited School Licenses are just £1,750.

To check your eligiblilty please visit http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Programs/Education/Who_Qualifies.aspx 
To buy QuarkXPress for Education  please contact a Quark Authorised Educational Resseller at http://www.quark.com/Buy/QuarkXPress_Sales/ResellerSearch.aspx or contact Quark Customer Service at http://www.quark.com/en/service/desktop/cust_service/contact.html
To know more about Quark’s Education Programme please visit http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Programs/Education/

30-Day Test Drive

While QuarkXPress 9 is available for purchase now, Quark is also offering a free, fully functional, 30-day Test Drive version to users interested in experiencing the new features for digital publishing and design-driven automation. To download the 30-day Test Drive of QuarkXPress 9, visit: http://www.quark.com/products/quarkxpress/test_drive.aspx

About Quark

Quark Inc. (www.quark.com) is a leading provider of publishing software for professional designers, small and mid-sized businesses, and large organisations in more than 160 countries. Two decades ago, our flagship product — QuarkXPress — changed the course of traditional publishing. For more than 25 years, Quark has built on its knowledge and experience in design and publishing to provide software solutions that support collaborative workflows and automated publishing across multiple channels. Today, Quark is revolutionising publishing again by setting new standards in XML-based publishing across print, the Web, and digital media, as well as by helping owners and employees of small and mid-sized businesses promote their products and services easily, professionally, and affordably. Denver-based Quark Inc. is privately held.

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