The AV Awards provide a platform for recognising and rewarding the whole AV Industry - the people, businesses, projects and technology that has stood out against the competition over the past year.
Audio Technology of the Year
Audio technology involved in installations across all sectors except production.
Collaboration Technology of the Year
Video conferencing, telepresence, audio conferencing, web conferencing, or any other software environment, or ecosystem that delivers eco-system 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 audio, video or lighting hardware technology that supports connectivity, communication and collaboration. This category focuses on basic communication functionality and includes all infrastructure devices, interactive screens and cameras, such as PTZ.
Control and Management Technology of the Year
All audio, visual and lighting 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.
Digital Signage Technology of the Year
Digital signage technology solutions including 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. Displays should enter Visual Technology or Communication Technology of the Year.
Event Technology of the Year
All audio, video and lighting technology involved in events, production, rental and staging.
Processing and Distribution Technology of the Year
All technologies fulfilling the role of processing and distribution in a pro AV environment. Includes 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).
Support Technology of the Year
All support technology including brackets, mounts, cages, visualisation, simulation, tools, accessories, monitoring, power and design tools.
Visual Technology of the Year
All display technology Including projectors, LFD, LED, mixed reality.
Broadcast and Media Project of the Year
Installations using AV and experiential technology in televised events, corporate broadcast, studio based broadcast productions.
Corporate Project of the Year
Installations using AV and experiential technology in finance, legal, telecoms, IT, property, real estate, chemical/petroleum - excludes corporate lobbies which should be entered into Retail Project of the Year.
Education Project of the Year
Installations using AV and experiential technology in all kinds of learning environments such as higher, primary, secondary, further education and auditoriums covering applications such as lecture capture and distance learning.
Events and Entertainment Project of the Year
Temporary installations using AV and experiential technology in live events, corporate events, entertainment shows, awards ceremonies, experiential 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
Installations using AV and experiential technology in cruise ships, sports and leisure facilities, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels and resorts, travel agents, tour operators, casinos and F&B - excludes large stadiums which should enter venue project of the year. However, if you have installed into hospitality areas this would be included here.
Public Sector Project of the Year
Installations using AV and experiential technology in government, military, law enforcement, emergency services, health, medical, transport, energy and utilities and command and control rooms.
Retail Project of the Year
Installations using AV and experiential technology in digital signage, digital out of home, retail, showrooms and corporate lobbies.
Themed Entertainment and Attractions Project of the Year
Permanent installations using AV and experiential technology in entertainment environments - cinema, visitor attractions, museums, theme parks, heritage and visitor attractions, galleries, science centres and themed attractions.
Venue Project of the Year
Installations using AV and experiential technology in large venues - 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.
End-User Business of the Year
Open to all end user businesses who can demonstrate innovative provision, management and/or usage of AV technology within their day-to-day business operations.
Integrator of the Year
Integrators that serve customers either locally or internationally across all regions, and are committed to the complete project; from design, construction and installation, from delivery to training, and from commissioning to service and maintenance.
Manufacturer of the Year
Any organisation involved in the research, design and production of AV technology.
Production, Rental and Staging Business 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.
SME Business of the Year
Company must not have a turnover of more than €10 million or have more than 50 employees. This category is open to smaller businesses and starts ups (within three years) across the supply chain, plus all businesses outside of the supply chain that help move the AV industry forward.
AV Professional of the Year
Individuals working in the AV/IT, events or production industry, whether for an end-user organisation, a vendor, or those who work freelance. 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.
Channel Team of the Year
For any team working within channel businesses (manufacturers, distributions, integrators, resellers, consultants, production and rental companies) including sales, R&D, delivery, service teams, marketing etc.
End-User Service Team of the Year
This category recognises in-house AV/IT/support, production and events service teams who would typically look after the technology procurement, service selection, delivery, implementation and maintenance/management internally of an AV service, project or event. The team may be outsourced, but must only serve the primary end-user organisation.
Rising Star of the Year
This category is open to individuals under the age of 30 working in all sectors of the supply chain, including end-users, freelancers and contractors. The aim of this award is to recognise a young or emerging professional who has made a standout contribution to the technical, operational, or commercial performance of their team or company.