General

Firmly established as the unrivalled badge of excellence for the AV industry - the AV Awards is the benchmark for the highest possible professional standards and best practice, recognising the outstanding achievements of individuals, companies, projects and technology across the AV, events and production sectors. A rigorous judging process and the only event to be judged independently by end-users of AV technology, ensures that the AV Awards continues to be the most respected award scheme in the industry.


For 21 years, the AV Awards has grown in status and size, attracting almost 1,400 industry professionals from all over the world. It is the biggest and most prestigious night in the AV calendar, where every part of the AV world joins together to network, share successes and, of course, to party.


Following a sell-out AV Awards 2018 - our 21st birthday will mark the start of a new era, the AV Awards are evolving. We are excited to unveil our stunning new venue – Battersea Evolution, a unique space we have chosen to be the future of the AV Awards.

Increased brand visibility

By winning an AV Award (or even just by being shortlisted) your business will be exposed to many marketing and PR opportunities. Your business will be seen as setting the industry standard for  a particular category which may, in turn, lead to breaking into new (possibly previously unattainable) markets, acquiring new clients as well as earning greater respect and credibility amongst your existing customer base. 

Your business also will be exposed to increased publicity (including enhanced brand recall and increased traffic to the website and social media pages), especially winning an award from and being associated with a highly respected and well established awards scheme such as the AV Awards. To read more about the AV Awards and our history, click here.


Opportunity to assess your current business model and processes

By entering the AV Awards, you have the opportunity to assess your business from a different perspective. 

You will be able to evaluate whether your technology, company performance and current business practices and processes give you a competitive advantage over your competitors. It allows you to benchmark your company against others within the industry and helps you to identify where you may need to improve and how you can go about doing so.


Increased employee motivation and morale

Entering the AV Awards, and eventually winning, allows the business to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that is exhibited by their employees to make the business triumphant. Employees will be motivated to keep working hard and contributing to the business’s success if they know that you truly value them and are rewarded for their efforts. 

Why not book tickets to the AV Awards 2019 for your incredible employees as a way of celebrating and thanking them for the great work they have done?

Winning the award also aids businesses in attracting and retaining top-class talent. Who wouldn’t want to work for a company that is seen as the best of the best in the industry?


Increased credibility

Winning your category at the AV Award acts as a third part endorsement for your company as it increases your credibility amongst industry peers and positions you an expert in your particular field. 

Taking home the coveted title also clearly differentiates you from your competitors and gives you an edge when acquiring or retaining customers or suppliers. 


Networking

While attending the actual AV Awards (on 11 October 2019 at Battersea Evolution) is a fantastic opportunity to network with your industry peers, being shortlisted gives you the chance to discuss your employees, innovations, technology, business and best practices with key industry players. This is especially beneficial if you are a start-up or small business trying to break into the AV industry.

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Chance to treat your clients, partners and suppliers

In addition to treating your clients, partners and suppliers to an evening of glitz and glamour, by inviting them to the AV Awards you are able to show them, first hand, the incredible work you have been undertaking. Even better, if you win an AV Award these influential individuals will be around to see you rise up amongst your competitors. We have no doubt that these key decision makers will be the first ones in line to recommend you to others, proving that that word-of-mouth and personal testimonials are the most effective form of marketing in the B2B space.

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The AV Awards attracts almost 1,400 international attendees from all areas of the industry, from integrators working on a both global and local projects, through to end-users from all markets and technology consultants. The guestlist also features some of the most innovative, creative and experiential agencies along with production and rental companies of the highest calibre.


The AV Awards has grown in status and size, attracting international audiences, key decision makers from a range of markets. View past AV Awards attendees here.

When the AV Awards launched in 1999, there was no other publication or industry organisation in Europe recognising the excellence and innovation of the AV, events and production industry.

 

Since then the AV Awards has helped define and raise industry standards and become the most talked about event in the AV calendar across the globe.

 

In 2018, the AV Award’s celebrated its 20th anniversary. To celebrate, the AV Awards got a new look, we put on a high-tech production to give the best experience to our industry and innovative technologies and creations helped bring it to life by our sponsors. We also received a record-breaking number of entries and sell out event enjoyed by almost 1,400 key industry professionals. 

Eligibility

The AV Awards are open to all organisations working in the global AV industry. There’s a category for every part of the supply chain. This includes manufacturers, distributors, integrators, installers, resellers, specialist AV companies, freelancers, creative/digital agencies, production, rental and staging companies, consultants, end-users.

Companies or individuals may submit entries on their own behalf, or on behalf of other individuals or organisations, including colleagues, industry peers, suppliers or clients. If submitting on someone else’s behalf, please ensure you have their permission to do so. 

Absolutely! We do advise running all content through various parts of your customers business for approval and we highly recommend you avoid marketing jargon.

Application

We’ve outlined who should enter which category on the website. Closely review these and determine which is most appropriate. You can enter more than one relevant category to increase your chances of being shortlisted.

View the categories here.

Early entry deadline is the 26th April. Enter before then means you will save 35% off the entry fee. The final deadline is the 21st June 2019.

The awards entry deadline is not plucked out of thin air. It’s an important element of a large and complex process. Getting your entries in on time means the judges are given the maximum amount of time to consider your entry.

In our experience a good award entry can take 4-6 weeks to put together. This allows enough time for initial fact-finding meetings, several versions of the entry form and presumes you may need a number of people to look at it and sign it off. Really, the more time you have the better.

Yes, however be mindful that each categories has a different set of criteria so do not copy and paste.

The eligibility period for submissions should relate to the period from  February 2018 to 31 May 2019. Please make sure that your entry only contains evidence of activity that took place during this period.

Entries submitted for the 2018 AV Awards cannot be entered for the 2019 Awards unless you can demonstrate that substantial developments or improvements have taken place.

No. What the judges want to see should be uppermost in your mind when preparing your entry as they make the decision to proceed with your entry or not. Follow the instructions and recommended format - it’s there for a reason. If you don’t, you may find you’ve been ruled out for non-compliance.

Yes. A video is a great way for the judges to put context to the entry. If you cannot provide video, ensure you have strong photographs, customer testimonials and any over evidence needed.


Video service

In 2019 we’re offering entrants to the technology category a low-price professional video service. If you’re exhibiting your technology at a major UK exhibition at which we have a presence before 1 June 2019, we can come to your stand and create a short video to accompany your submission.

Yes. Your entry will not be shortlisted without any quantifiable information that can demonstrate your entry is based on fact. Where we ask for testimonials, you should obtain these from clients, partners, and industry figures, rather than employees of your organisation.

If there is a ‘most important’ tip, then this is it.

Read the criteria for the particular category you are entering and answer the questions – as you would do in an exam. Then make sure you give direct, easy to find answers against *ALL* of the criteria.

No hard copies will not be accepted. All entries must be submitted via the online entry form at www.avawards.com. Entries submitted by any other means or in any other format will be disqualified.

The entry fees are as follows:

  • £160 plus VAT per entry
  • Entry cost plus video is £350 + VAT

Upon submitting your entry you will be given the option to pay via PayPal or invoice. Please note that if you have opted to pay by invoice but have not paid by 11 October your entry will be removed.

If you submitted an entry into any of the following categories, and make it through to the shortlist, you will be invited to attend a Judging Day:

  • Manufacturer of the Year
  • Distributor of the Year
  • International Integrator of the Year
  • National Integrator of the Year
  • Consultancy of the Year

This will be held at an independent, central London venue in the presence of all of the judges. You will be given a 30-minute time slot. This will include 15 minutes to present your entry and 10 minutes to answer questions from the judges. If you are invited to attend a Judging Day you will be consulted in advance. regarding a suitable date and arrangements will be confirmed to you by the AV Awards team.

Please note that we expect Judging Days to be attended by senior representatives of the company or companies involved in the award. We recommend no more than 2 attendees.

Judging Process

Each award has a specially curated judging panel, featuring a cross section of AV technology end-users and industry specialists, relevant to the award category. We go to great lengths to ensure each panel has both expertise and diversity, so that every entry can be assessed accurately and from a mix of viewpoints.

Step 1 – Initial scoring:

The judges for each award review and independently score every entry in their allocated category, paying close attention to the criteria laid out on the entry form. The highest scoring entries from Step 1 will be put through to Judging Day.


Step 2 – Scoring review and shortlist selection:

The judges come together on Judging Day to discuss each entry in depth. After which, they again independently score each entry. The highest scoring entries are then shortlisted.

The information in your entry will remain confidential between the AV Awards team. All of our judges are bound by Non-Disclosure Agreements.

The Shortlist

The shortlist will be announced early August via email, online and social. Make sure you’re the first to know and subscribe here.

Yes. You will be notified if your entry is unsuccessful.

Yes. Please allow four weeks after the shortlist has been announced to query your unsuccessful application.

The Awards

You will receive a physical ticket two weeks prior to the event. 

If you do not receive a physical ticket, you will still need to print out the digital version in order to enter the awards. 


If you have not received your physical ticket 3 days prior to the awards, please email Kimryn Sherwood as soon as possible.

The winners will be announced during the AV Awards ceremony on 11 October 2019 at Battersea Evolution.

Watch this space! Table packages will be made available shortly.

The dress code is Black Tie.

Battersea Evolution - Queenstown Road, London SW8 4NW

  • 17:45: Arrival & networking drinks reception
  • 18:30: Call for dinner, time to allow for chatting and introductions at table
  • 19:00: Dinner and opening
  • 21:00: Host
  • 21:30: Awards ceremony
  • 22:30: Afterparty
  • 02:00: Carriages

*Please note: Timings are subject to change without warning.

Upon booking your table package, we shall contact you for dietary requirements. The menu will not accessible until the evening of the AV Awards.

The costs of drinks and drinks packages will be available shortly.

Upon booking your table package, we shall contact you for dietary requirements. The menu will not accessible until the evening of the AV Awards.


If you haven’t been contacted for your dietary requirements please email Kimryn Sherwood. 

Watch this space! Preferential accommodation options coming shortly.

Battersea Evolution is sat in the middle of a highly secure park. The park shuts to the public at 20:00. On leaving the awards ceremony there will be a queue of Black Taxi’s available. We recommend using the Black cabs rather than private hire or Uber as these vehicles cannot pull up outside the venue and have another parking area a five minute walk.

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