What are the AV Awards?
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.
What are the benefits of entering 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?
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.
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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Who attends the AV Awards?
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.
How did the AV Awards begin?
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.
Top 10 tips to entering the AV Awards
Top ten tips on entering the AV Awards
Every year we get inundated with companies feeling disgruntled because they didn’t win in the category they entered. Don’t be. The winning company may simply have had a better product or entry. However, avoid any own goals. Many submissions are let down by the entry itself.
To help you put together the perfect entry, we’ve come up with a ‘Top Ten Tips’ on entering:
1. Choose the right category
We’ve outlined who should enter what 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 shortlist.
2. Don’t underestimate the time needed
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’ll need a few different people to look at it and sign it off. Really the more time you have the better.
3. Follow the instructions and format correctly
The judges should sit at the head of your thinking when preparing your entry as they make the decision. Follow the instructions and recommended format, it’s there for a reason. If you don’t, you make it difficult to handle your entry, and make it annoying to the organiser and judges, and at worst find yourself ruled out for non-compliance.
The awards entry deadline is not plucked from thin air, it’s part of a schedule for a large and complex process. Hitting the deadline will make you favourites with the AV team, and will allow the judge the maximum amount of time to consider your entry.
5. Get the judges’ attention
Judges will be looking at more than one entry. Just as when you turn up to a job interview knowing the panel will be seeing others, the same is true for your entry – why should you win! The end-user judges spend days reading through entries, in their own time, so a clear, concise and formatted entry will make it obvious why it should be a winner.
6. Read and answer the questions
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 – like an exam. Then make sure you give direct, easy to find answers against *ALL* of the criteria.
7. Prove it!
You could tell a story to rival a Shakespeare play, but if there’s no evidence it won’t make it through to the shortlist. Think carefully about how you can prove your claims and look at both the qualitative and quantitative metrics you could use. Customer testimonials can have great impact!
8. Trust the judges
Don’t be concerned about supplying confidential information, the information in your entry will remain confidential between the AV Awards team. All of our judges are bound by Non-Disclosure Agreements.
9. Don’t do a half-hearted attempt
If it’s worth doing, do it well! Designate someone in the company to coordinate everything, follow-up on evidence and draft copy. Give them the information, resources and time they need to put together the best entry you can.
10. Final Checks
Once drafted, get a critical eye to look over it. Check spelling, grammar and punctuation and check through all supporting documentation. Cross reference and make sure every question in the criteria has been answered.
Who can enter?
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.
Can I enter if I am outside the UK?
There’s no geographic limitations with the AV Awards. You can be based in any country and the project or event can be from anywhere around the world.
Can you enter directly or does someone have to nominate you?
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.
Can a PR agency submit projects on behalf of their clients?
Absolutely! We do advise running all content through various parts of your customers business for approval and we highly recommend you avoid marketing jargon.
Which category can I enter?
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.
When is the application deadline?
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.
Will there be an extension to the deadline?
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.
How much time should I allocate to submitting my 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.
Can I submit an entry in more than one category?
Yes, however be mindful that each categories has a different set of criteria so do not copy and paste.
What is the eligibility time frame for entries?
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.
Can I submit an entry from a previous year?
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.
Can I upload documents rather than fill out the form?
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.
I haven’t got video to support my entry, will I still be considered?
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.
New for 2019 - Video service
We understand it's expensive to have a professional video created; but also the AV Award judges want to understand and experience the technology they are judging.
For 2019, we are offering entrants to the technology category a low-price professional video service to accompany your submission. To take advantage of this, our in-house video team can come to your stand if you're exhibiting your at PLASA Focus, UC Expo or Retail Signage Expo.
Entry rate including video £350 + VAT
Do I need customer testimonials?
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.
Do I have to answer all the questions within the application?
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.
Including supporting material on your entry
Supporting material is optional and at your own discretion. It is limited to up to three images and one video link per entry. You cannot upload multiple image files but you can upload a zipped file containing multiple images.
Any additional documents such as PowerPoint presentations of your award entry will not be accepted.
Can I send hard copy of my entry in the post?
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.
What is the cost to enter?
The entry fees are as follows:
- £160 plus VAT per entry
- Entry cost plus video is £350 + VAT
How do I pay the entry fee?
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.
Do I have to present to the judges?
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.
Who are the judges?
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.
How will the entries be judged?
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.
What’s your confidentiality policy?
The information in your entry will remain confidential between the AV Awards team. All of our judges are bound by Non-Disclosure Agreements.
When will the shortlist be announced?
Will I be notified if I am unsuccessful?
Yes. You will be notified if your entry is unsuccessful.
Can we get feedback if our entry is unsuccessful?
Yes. Please allow four weeks after the shortlist has been announced to query your unsuccessful application.
When will my ticket be delivered?
You will receive a physical ticket two weeks prior to the event.
Do I need the physical ticket to enter the awards?
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.
When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced during the AV Awards ceremony on 11 October 2019 at Battersea Evolution.
What are the costs to attend?
Watch this space! Table packages will be made available shortly.
What is the dress code?
The dress code is Black Tie.
What are the AV Awards being held?
Battersea Evolution - Queenstown Road, London SW8 4NW
What are the timings on the night?
- 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.
What is the cost of drinks?
The costs of drinks and drinks packages will be available shortly.
Got any dietary requirements?
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.
How do I get home from Battersea Evolution?
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.