David Atkins nominated by David Atkins Enterprises - 2017 National Winner: Event Producer of the Year

Choosing a Category

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Which category is right for you? Well – that depends on what you want to be known for.

Do you want to be seen as a great Public Event or an awesome Community Event? Do you prefer to be reknown for your incredible design or your brilliant technical wizardry?

The criteria will show you what the judges are looking for in each category, or you can use this list as a general guide:

Best Event Award Categories

Best Sporting Event

Suggested for:

  • Major sporting events
  • Mass participation sporting events
  • Regional sporting events

Best Charity or Cause Related Event

Suggested for:

  • Fundraising events
  • Events that raise the profile of a charity or cause
  • Events that encourage donations other than cash

Best Congress or Conference 500 delegates or over

Suggested for:

  • Conferences with 500 or more delegates
  • Meetings that provide an outstanding experience for attendees

Best Corporate Event

Suggested for:

  • Incentives
  • Corporate Gala Dinner
  • Corporate Award Presentations
  • Any event that achieves a business outcome

Best Community Event

Suggested for:

  • Events that focus on community building and community engagement
  • Regional city or town festivals
  • “Main street” events

Best Small Regional Event

Suggested for:

  • Any events staged in a non-metropolitan area on a small budget
  • Can be any type of event including sporting, festival, cultural, exhibition, etc

Best Small Event

Suggested for:

  • Events that have a small budget
  • Events that are smaller in scale
  • Can be any type of event including sporting, festival, cultural, exhibition, etc

Best Tourism Event

Suggested for:

  • Events with a specific tourism or visitation focus
  • Other events that can show an impact on the local economy

Best Congress or Conference < 500 delegates

Suggested for:

  • Conferences with less than 500 delegates
  • Meetings that provide an outstanding experience for attendees

Best Exhibition or Trade Show

Suggested for:

  • Public exhibitions
  • Trade exhibition
  • Trade shows that may be attached to another event
  • For exhibitions as a whole, not individual stands

Best Brand Event

Suggested for:

  • Product launches
  • Brand gala dinners
  • Any event that aims to further the brand of a client by increasing sales

Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event

Suggested for:

  • Major and regional arts festivals
  • Music festivals
  • Events with a cultural focus

Best Regional Event

Suggested for:

  • Any event staged in a non-metropolitan area for the benefit of the region or community
  • Can be any type of event including sporting, festival, cultural, exhibition, etc

Best New Event

Suggested for:

  • Events that have not been staged before
  • Events that have a degree of novelty or innovation
  • Can be any type of event including sporting, festival, cultural, exhibition, etc

Achievement Award Categories

Best Achievement in Design

Suggested for:

  • Architects
  • Event designers
  • Temporary overlay design
  • Online design delivery

Best Technical Achievement or Innovation

Suggested for:

  • PA suppliers
  • Lighting suppliers
  • IT suppliers
  • LED or projection screen suppliers
  • Pyrotechnic suppliers
  • Production companies
  • Event organisers or creative agencies
  • Technical production/delivery of an online event

Best Achievement in Marketing or Communication

Suggested for:

  • Marketing or PR firms that have provided services for an event
  • Events that have undertaken marketing
  • Communication consultants or managers

Best Export

Suggested for:

  • Any company or individual that has made a contribution to events outside of Australia

Industry Award Categories

Venue of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Conference centre (large and small)
  • Exhibition centre
  • Function centre
  • Hotels
  • Sports stadiums
  • Unique venues

Theming, Branding or Styling Company of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Theming companies
  • Event stylists

Production Company of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Technical companies
  • Lighting companies
  • Sound companies
  • Vision companies

Hire Company of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Marquees and structure companies
  • Hospitality equipment companies
  • Furniture and decor companies
  • Toilet companies
  • Fencing companies
  • Plant and equipment companies
  • Exhibition equipment companies
  • Backdrops and design products companies
  • Other event equipment hire companies

Service Company of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Logistics / Warehousing / Transport
  • Security
  • Rigging
  • Medical
  • Cleaning and Waste
  • Volunteer / Staff recruitment services
  • Team Building services
  • Traffic and Pedestrian Management / Traffic Control
  • IT Services Delivery
  • Photography / Videography
  • Entertainment acts

Freelancer of the Year

Suggested for:

  • A freelance company or individual that has provided its skills, expertise, and/or experience to the events industry

Caterer of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Catering companies
  • Inhouse caterers

Security Company of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Event security companies

AV Content Company of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Technical design companies
  • Projection Mapping companies
  • Video technology design companies
  • Content design companies

Advisory Company of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Risk Management
  • Security Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Crowd Management
  • IT Planning
  • HR
  • Sponsorship
  • Engineering

New Event Product of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Software products
  • Ticketing platforms
  • Event apps
  • External supplier or event who has released a new product for the events market
  • External supplier or event who has substantially improved an existing product for the events market
  • Event that has created a new product internally
  • External supplier with a product that has the potential to enhance events
  • Physical products or technologies

Management Award Categories

PCO of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Professional conference organisation companies

Public Event Management Company of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Event management businesses or companies whose primary focus is delivering public events

Small Event Management Company of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Small event management businesses
  • Event management businesses with up to 5 employees

Corporate Event Management Company of the Year

Suggested for:

  • Event management businesses or companies whose primary focus is delivering corporate events
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