The competition to be named The Best in the Australian events industry begins with entries opening this week for the Australian Event Awards. With new categories this year, there are more ways to enter the most prestigious and competitive award in the industry.
The Australian Event Awards is the only program open to all Australian events, event managers, suppliers and venues regardless of event type, size, or location, and has become more accessible in 2011 with key changes to the categories and judging process.
“Each year Australians are responsible for thousands of great events at home and abroad. The Event Awards recognise their achievements. We’ve travelled the country discussing the program with leaders in the events industry, and have developed some great improvements and innovations that will make the 2011 Event Award a better experience for all entrants,” said Ian Steigrad, Director of the Australian Event Awards.
The fantastic work of Australians in the global events arena will now be more significantly recognised by the acceptance of entries from Australians or Australian businesses that have made significant achievements at international events.
Similarly, the value and quality of events produced in regional areas, and the special contribution they make to their communities, will now be independently highlighted by the creation of the new category for Best Regional Event. Regional events already make up a significant proportion of other Event Awards entries and the industry judging panel expects that they will continue to do so.
“This new category is designed to focus specifically on the unique aspects of event delivery in regional areas and to allow regional events to compete against their peers across the country. Of course we welcome a continued strong showing of regional events amongst all categories of the Awards,”said Johnny Allen, co-chair of judges.
In addition, events entered in categories with small entry numbers will not be denied success – minimum entry numbers have been abolished in 2011 and a minimum quality test will determine whether a small category has finalists. This means that regardless of entry numbers, every entrant will receive their score and judges’ feedback – providing a fantastic opportunity to benchmark their work against that of their peers.
For those who need another reason to enter, if you start your entry and pay by 11 July, 2011, you can get the new reduced Early Bird rate. Note that Early Bird entrants may still edit their entry right up to the closing date of 26 July, 2011.
Entrants can further save on their submission fee if they are members of partner associations: the PCO Association, the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA), the Public Relations Industry Association (PRIA), the Sustainable Event Alliance (SEA) and Sponsorship Australasia (SA).
The entry process is simple and hosted online with capacity for entrants to save and edit their submission as many times as desired.
The Australian Event Awards will culminate in the 2011 Events Industry Night of Nights to be held at Sydney Olympic Park on Thursday 6 October 2011. This will be an opportunity for event managers and suppliers from all over Australia to network with the “who’s who” of the industry including sponsors, government and industry leaders.
The 2011 Australian Event Awards is the national awards program to reward innovation, recognise excellence and unite the Australian Events Industry. Entries are open to any event staged between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.
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Award Entries Open – June 1, 2011
Early Bird Entries (reduced cost) – 11 July, 2011
Award Entries Close – 26 July, 2011
Finalists announced – 23 August, 2011
Industry Night of Nights – 6 October, 2011