This year the AV Awards have updated and added new categories to ensure we provide a platform for recognising and rewarding the whole AV Industry.
AV Accessory of the Year
All support products including pro AV furniture, trolleys and stands, mounts, brackets, cages and rigging.
Audio Technology of the Year
Audio products involved in installations across all sectors except production.
AV Management and Control Technology of the Year
All audio and visual technologies fulfilling the role of management and control in a pro AV environment, including apps and software. Commercial control systems include keypads, control panels (audio, video, lighting), touch panel controls, remote controls used in both AV applications and applied integrated systems for energy control, building management and lighting control. This also includes integrated physical access control such as keypads, serial controllers, IP-enabled controllers, edge-based, extenders. Standalone software includes all software that is not integrated or packaged with other products for AV asset management, design, show control, collaboration, content creation, scheduling, content management and room management for many solutions such as digital signage, collaboration, cinema, live events, command and control.
AV Processing and Distribution Technology of the Year
All audio visual technologies fulfilling the role of video processing and distribution in a pro AV environment. Video processors, signal routing and switching to include signal switchers, transmitters and matrix switchers (routers) that transmit and replicate control information and IP-based AV signals outside specialist applications (such as broadcast).
Collaboration Technology of the Year
Video conferencing, telepresence, audio conferencing, web conferencing, or any other software environment, or ecosystem that delivers meaningful collaboration rather than communication functionality. Interactive touch screens should enter Communication Technology of the year if they are supporting collaboration environments.
Communication Technology of the Year
Any hardware product that supports connectivity, communication and collaboration. This category focuses on basic communication functionality and includes all infrastructure devices, cameras, and interactive screens.
Digital Signage Technology of the Year
Digital signage technology solutions including displays, media players, servers, software and managed services to display content in out-of-home (OOH), public environments, and by multiple individuals simultaneously to convey information, advertising, or other forms of messaging.
Display Technology of the Year
Projectors, LFD, LED, videowalls, projection screens.
Interactive Technology of the Year
Products which use some kind of interactive function to communicate with the user/operator, such as touch, voice or other form of gesture. Egs include: Interactive large format displays (LFDs), including 4K displays and videowalls, LCDs, signage displays and touch panels.
Production Technology of the Year
All audio visual technology involved in events, production, rental and staging.
Broadcast and Media Project of the Year
Open to those operating AV within the broadcast and media sectors including studio-based broadcast productions, sports broadcasts, gaming, televised events and esports.
Corporate and Enterprise Project of the Year
Open to companies using pro AV technology within banking, large corporate, pharmaceutical, telecoms, utilities and energy sectors. Corporate showrooms and lobbies are included in this. This category is not for corporate events, only installations in corporate, enterprise-wide/global operating environments.
Digital Signage / DooH Project of the Year
AV projects across all sectors using digital signage and DooH (Digital out of Home).
Education Project of the Year
Open to those involved in higher, primary, secondary, further education and auditoriums covering applications such as lecture capture and distance learning. There are no restrictions on the nature of the project other than it must have an overriding pro audio visual aim.
Events and Entertainment Project of the Year
This category aims to attract the newest technical ideas and is open to a wide range of events including awards ceremonies, experiential events, tours, corporate events, opening and closing ceremonies, sponsored events, exhibits, sales conferences, product launches, exhibition events, music events, outdoor events and festivals, etc.
Leisure and hospitality Project of the Year
The hospitality industry has consistently been one of innovation, not only to help streamline processes, but to push beyond the current guest expectations to provide unique, memorable experiences for their customers. Open to those operating AV within the leisure/hospitality sectors including cruise ships, sports and leisure facilities, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels and resorts, travel agents, tour operators, casinos and F&B.
Public Sector Project of the Year
Open to any company in the public services arena including government, healthcare/medical, transportation, defence, emergency services, command and control. There are no restrictions on the nature of the project other than to stress it must have an overriding pro audio visual aim.
Retail Project of the Year
Examples of companies using pro AV and experiential technology in retail environments, from supermarkets and shopping centres to large multinational retailers and smaller units.
Themed Entertainment and Attractions Project of the Year
Themed entertainment designs and creates distinctive, engaging and immersive experiences that appeal to all demographics and leaves visitors eager for more. This category is open to companies using pro AV in cinema, visitor attractions, museums, theme parks, heritage and visitor attractions, galleries, science centres and themed attractions.
Venue of the Year
The use of AV in public venues including houses of worship, stadiums, conference halls, historic venues, theatres, exhibition venues, musical entertainment and performance venues.
Consultancy of the Year
Organisations that provide consultancy to the AV industry independently and free of bias. They should not be sellers of AV. Typically they will provide design services and construction documents and, if required, assist in identifying qualified integrators and other AV service providers to implement projects, supervise the construction phase and provide initialisation and commissioning services.
Distributor of the Year
Distributors of AV technology across all markets and regions which provide equipment and support to the dealer channel on behalf of the AV manufacturers they represent. In most cases distributors provide all the services and support elements that are available directly from the manufacturers, including inventory to accommodate immediate needs, warranty processing, service support, project and design assistance as well as demonstration equipment, sales training and sales assistance.
International Integrator of the Year
Integrators that primarily serve customers in more than one country, preferably globally, and are committed to the kind of enterprise-level support its predominantly global customers require.
While some integrators have the talent and resources to tackle the largest of integrated AV systems one day and a broadcast facility the next, say, International Integrators understand and satisfy the much more complex, large-scale needs and requirements of those multinational organisations responding to the most demanding challenges worldwide.
Manufacturer of the Year
Any organisation involved in the research, design and production of AV technology.
National Integrator of the Year
Integrators that primarily serve customers locally and nationally, and are committed to the complete project; from design, construction and installation, from delivery to training, and from commissioning to service and maintenance.
Production, rental, staging Company of the Year
Organisations that provide the AV solutions customers need, whether they have a special message to deliver to an intimate group or a ‘Big Bang’ to thousands. They can provide assistance in the initial planning stages, concept and theme development, staging requirements, AV equipment requirements, pre-production planning, production, procurement, contract management, site analysis and selection, scripting and logistics, and virtually anything else customers may need to ensure their message hits the mark.
Specialist AV Company of the Year
Outside the official industry supply chain, there are a plethora of organisations that help move AV businesses forward. This category is open to organisations that primarily supply technology solutions, services, support, professional services, digital and creative services plus many more within the AV, production and creative markets.
AV Professional of the Year
Individuals working in the AV/IT, events or production industry, whether for an end-user organisation, a vendor or works on a freelance basis. Nominations should recognise an individual who has made a significant contribution and/or shown impressive leadership in the management of an in-house contract or vendor service-driven team.
Rising Star of the Year
Individuals under the age of 30 working in the professional AV/IT, events and production industry. The aim of this award is to recognise a young or emerging professional in an end-user organisation or vendor-service company or works on a freelance basis who has made a standout contribution to the technical, operational, or commercial performance of their team or company.
Service Team of the Year
This category recognises in-house AV / IT / production and events team. They would typically look after the technology procurement, service selection, delivery, implementation and maintenance/management internally of a project or event.