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1.       BEST DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER

For general feature and documentary making including all areas of non-topical news features and documentaries.  Typically this might include historical, arts, lifestyle features and documentaries.

2.       BEST NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER

For news and current affairs documentary and feature making, including investigative documentaries, topical issues and foreign reporting.  Typically, entries should be led or inspired by the news agenda or contemporary life, but may also include human stories, comment or science reporting.

3.       BEST COMEDY/ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER

For comedy and other entertainment audio content or programming including panel games, but excluding music & drama.

4.       BEST MUSIC PRODUCER

For music audio content or programming including music-based documentaries and sequence programmes.

5.       BEST SOUND DESIGNER/ENGINEER

For production and broadcast (live or pre-recorded) capturing the atmosphere of musical performances in concerts, festivals and studios. Or for sound designers (studio managers or engineers) working on any type of production. 

6.       BEST PODCAST/ ONLINE PRODUCER

For the creation of audio programming and/or podcasts, designed solely for online transmission or distribution.

7.       BEST MULTI-MEDIA PRODUCER

For the creative extension of audio programming onto other media platforms.  Judges will be looking for the visionary of the future. 

8.       BEST DRAMA PRODUCER

For the production of audio drama, dramatised readings, spoken word and creative writing. Judging criteria will include the range and choice of material, performance, direction and production values. 

9.       BEST READINGS/ AUDIOBOOK PRODUCER

For the production of broadcast readings or audio books. Judging criteria will include the range and choice of material, performance, direction and production values.

10.   BEST NEWCOMER

To honour a newcomer to audio production who has shown great potential. The judges will be looking for evidence of a sustained contribution to a production or production company, or for a remarkable debut as a producer or engineer. 

11.   BEST STATION SOUND PRODUCER

For producers in radio/audio imaging. Judges will be looking for exceptional creativity across the full range of audio branding, including voiceovers, music beds, sweepers, intros, promos, liners, stingers, bumpers, shotguns, and jingles. 

12.   GRASSROOTS PRODUCTION AWARD

For an individual, production company, radio station, audio brand or community-based organisation that has shown extraordinary achievement in identifying, nurturing or mentoring new and diverse talent to the audio industry.  This category is not aimed at the new talent themselves.
13.   NARRATOR OF THE YEAR 

Recognising the year’s best performance by the narrator of an audiobook or readings series. Judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding vocal capabilities and sensitivity across a wide range of material.

14.   BEST PRESENTER - SPEECH

For exceptional on-mic talent presenting speech programmes.  As well as being judged on exceptional audio/radio content, criteria will include rapport with the production team, creativity and the willingness to regularly go above and beyond the call of duty.

15.   BEST PRESENTER - MUSIC

For exceptional on-mic talent presenting music programmes. As well as being judged on exceptional audio/radio content, criteria will include rapport with the production team, creativity and the willingness to regularly go above and beyond the call of duty.

16.    NEW VOICE AWARD

For exceptional presenters who, although already established in the audio/radio sector, have not yet achieved mainstream recognition. Entrants should not be brand new to the audio industry as judges will be looking for a track record which points to their great future potential.

17.   GOLD AWARD

For an individual who has made an outstanding contribution, usually over a number of years, to the independent radio and audio production sector in the UK.

Winner to be revealed at the Awards Ceremony on 23rd November

18.   INDIE OF THE YEAR 

Recognises a company’s success across the year.  Entries welcome from the smallest to the largest companies. Judges will consider the level of creative excellence as well as business challenges and growth of the company during the qualifying period, and taking into account the size of the company.