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$2,000 prize for best technical paper researched and written
by a NZ author and published in Brushstrokes.

In 2006 the Whitfield Award was created to honour Tom Whitfield, who sadly passed away in 2019. Tom Whitfield was one of the longest-serving members of the Association in all its guises, going back to 1962, and was a strong supporter of local research.

The Whitfield Award is presented to a New Zealand author of the best technical paper published in the SCANZ Journal “Brush Strokes” in any year (from April 1st to March 31st), and the prize consists of a superb trophy and $2000.

Please note that the Whitfield Award is not automatically presented every year, only when a paper meets the criteria. The paper is chosen by a committee consisting of the N.Z. President, Technical Convenor, “Brush Strokes” Editor and whoever is co-opted by the SCANZ Management Committee.

To everyone involved in research in the fields of coatings or who know of other people who may fit the criteria for this award, please consider publishing your paper in “Brush Strokes”. Not only will you be supporting the local New Zealand industry, you could also win $2,000!

For more information, please contact Anu Abhyankar,

Brushstrokes Editor on

Technical Paper Requirements

  • NZ author

  • High standard of technical content

  • Paper published in Brushstrokes first

  • The Whitfield Award winner is required to present their winning paper at the following SCANZ Convention. The registration fee, 1 night’s accommodation and 1 years SCANZ membership is included in the award prize.


Surface Coatings Association New Zealand

The professional body of individuals involved in the surface coatings industry


+64 (9) 910-0142


P O Box 20145
Glen Eden, Auckland 0641
New Zealand

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