The Australian Event Awards is open for entries with a number of exciting changes debuting in 2015.
Entries for the 20 categories in the 2015 Event Awards will be accepted for any event held in Australia between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 and any achievement in the events industry by Australians both in Australia and overseas during the same time period.
The Event Awards has a new co-chair of judges with Opera Australia CEO Craig Hassall succeeding John Allen, who has chosen to step down from chief judging duties after six exemplary years of overseeing, guiding and nurturing the Awards. Craig will join founding co-chair Sandy Hollway in supervising the industry experts on the judging panel.
Aside from a changing of the guard on the judging level, several important changes to categories, eligibility requirements and judging criteria for 2015 ensure the awards continue to recognise and assess the widest range of work in the industry as fairly as possible.
One of the biggest changes this year is to the nomination process for Australia’s Favourite Event which will now see all public events selected by judges in the Best Event Categories automatically form the ballot for the public vote which will decide the ultimate outcome. With the addition of the critical aspect, Australia’s Favourite Event will now replace Australian Event of the Year as the final award of the industry Night of Nights in November.
An addition to the judging criteria in every category taking into account the differences in each event’s budget, size and scope will further level the playing field in 2015 for larger and smaller events competing within a category.
In 2015 Australian work overseas will be eligible for entry in all the Achievement Categories so that Australians working to build the nation’s reputation in events on the worldwide stage can be recognised in their particular fields of expertise.
For the first time, Event Organiser of the Year has been split into two categories for individuals and companies in recognition of the vast differences in the skills and attributes required to win this award from an individual and an organisational perspective.
The importance of sustainability in the events industry has also been given a boost across all categories to emphasise its significance as more than an added extra.
These changes, along with a number of other tweaks, including a reduction in entry requirements, ensure the Event Awards remain, as ever, true to the motto, “easy to enter, hard to win”.
Award entries close on 10 August. Finalists will be announced on 14 September and public voting for Australia’s Favourite Event will open on 5 October.
The winners will be announced on the Australian Event Awards Night of Nights on Tuesday 17 November at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont.
The Australian Event Awards continues to be the broadest awards program for the Australian events industry, rewarding exceptional work regardless of event size, audience or professional association.
The full list of award categories for 2015 are:
Best Event Awards
Best Sporting Event
Best Tourism Event
Best Charity or Cause Related Event
CIM Magazine Best Meeting or Conference
Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event
Doltone House Best Corporate Event
Coates Hire Best Community Event
Best New Event
Best Regional Event
Best Achievement in Design, Look or Theming
Best Achievement in Marketing, Communication or Sponsorship
Best Technical Achievement or Innovation
Best Achievement in Venue Management
Best Product or Service
Best Education or Training Program
Young Achiever of the Year
Event Manager of the Year
Event Management Company of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
2015 State or Territory Award
Australia’s Favourite Event
Visit www.eventawards.com.au for more information on The Australian Event Awards. Entries are submitted online through the Entry Portal on the Event Awards website.