Note: Categories in no particular order.  Shortlist in alphabetical order, unless numbers are used in which case numbers will come first.   

Best Arts/Music Documentary/Feature Maker

This category celebrates the best of culture-based audio and radio, based around the arts or music & other related topics. Listeners will be able to see the level of insight & knowledge into the chosen topic, and the programme will be exceptionally produced.

Cathy Fitzgerald (White Stiletto Productions)
Mark Sharman (TBI Media)
Natalie Steed (Whistledown Productions)
Peter Curran (The Foghorn Company)
Ruth Evans (Ruth Evans Productions Ltd)
Victoria Ferran (Just Radio Ltd) 

Best Current Affairs Documentary/Feature Maker - sponsored by ipdtl logo

Led by the current affairs agenda, content may include investigative, news, or foreign reporting, as well as science, issue or ideas programmes based around our rapidly changing world.

Anishka Sharma (Whistledown Productions)
Deborah Dudgeon (Whistledown Productions)
Kati Whitaker (Kati Whitaker Productions)
Mark Carter (BBC Sussex)
Peggy Sutton (Somethin' Else)
Tim Johns (BBC Radio 2)

Best Creative Documentary/Feature Maker - sponsored by whickers world logo

Celebrating an exceptional understanding and use of sound to convey a story or emotion, Best Creative Documentary/Feature Maker looks for beautifully creative and challenging audio in the form of a podcast, documentary or short feature form.

Adam Fowler (Overtone Productions Ltd)
Cathy Fitzgerald (White Stiletto Productions)
Claire Crofton (Freelance)
Hana Walker-Brown (Freelance)
Luke Doran (BBC Radio 4 / 4 Extra)
Peter Sale (Freelance) 

Best Comedy Producer

Be it a sitcom, scripted comedy, sketch shows or panel shows; if it was designed to make you laugh, it fits the bill. This category celebrates comedy in all forms of audio, from traditional comedy broadcast to more innovative forms of comedy on-air.

Alexandra Smith (BBC Studios Comedy)
Benjamin Partridge (Freelance)
David Tyler (Pozzitive Television)
Joseph Nunnery (BBC Studios Comedy)
Matt Stronge (BBC Studios Comedy)
Richard Morris (BBC Studios Comedy) 

Best Entertainment Producer - sponsored by heavy entertainment logo

This category showcases the work of an incredible entertainment producer – someone who understands how to create content, keep it fresh and ensure that the audience are entertained & amused.

Adem Waterman (Absolute Radio)
Ben Walker (Ora et Labora)
Darby Dorras (Somethin' Else)
Ed Morrish (Freelance)
Jacqueline Malcolm (Spreeboy Publishing - Jabber Talk)
Tony McShane (Metro Radio/TFM)

Best Music Producer

This award is for an exceptional producer working in music.  The winning producer has an innate understanding and appreciation of the music and the genre, as well as forward-thinking creativity and excellent production values.

Ben Walker (Ora et Labora)
Dan Moss (Somethin' Else)
David Akosim (Somethin' Else)
Guy Bellamy (Meridian FM)
Helen Weatherhead (Wisebuddah)
Jack Howson (Reduced Listening) 

Best Sound Design/Engineer - sponsored by wired logo

Capturing the atmosphere of musical performances in concerts, festivals and studios or exceptionally engineering a studio recording, these sound designers & engineers are the best in their game.

Alistair Lock (B7 Productions Limited)
Wilfredo Acosta (Freelance)
Matt Thompson (Wireless Theatre Company)
Marley Cole (Resonance)
Steve Bond (Freelance)
Joe Richardson (Wireless Theatre Company) 

Best Podcast Producer - sponsored by devaweb logo

This award is for an outstanding Podcast Producer who truly understands the podcast medium and its audience.  A podcast full of compelling content combined with creativity that takes full advantage of the medium, the winning producer has an innate understanding of the podcast world.

Eva Krysiak (Everyone Else)
Jonny Haw (Joe Shmo Productions)
Kate Taylor (Whistledown)
Mark Sandell (Wisebuddah)
Max Sanderson (The Guardian & Radio Wolfgang) 

Best Digital Producer

This award recognises an individual who understands the social media environment, and is able to deliver smart, creative content that makes full use of the platform it’s on. 

Carl Frazer-Lunn (Absolute Radio)
Dan Fox (B7 Productions Ltd)
Patrick Vickers (Whistledown and UCL)
Peter Curran (The Foghorn Company)
Simon Poole (Somethin' Else)
Thom Hoffman (Freelance) 

Best Drama Producer

This award is for an exceptional audio drama producer.  For an individual who is able to bring the story, the characters and narrative, to life through skillful production.

Andrew Mark Sewell (B7 Productions Limited)
David Beck (Wireless Theatre Company)
Judith Kampfner (Corporation for Independent Media)
Lance Dann (Resonance)
Polly Thomas (Naked Productions)
Roger James Elsgood (Art and Adventure Ltd)

Best Audiobook/Readings Producer - sponsored by AVResilience logo

This award recognises the skills, creativity and insight that comes with being an exceptional audiobook producer. Bringing a story to life, these producers are incredibly talented when it comes to the creation of audiobooks.

Chris Thompson (Heavy Entertainment)
Clive Brill (Brill Productions Ltd)
Joanna Green (Greenlit Productions Ltd)
Samuel Gunn (Heavy Entertainment)

Best New Producer

To honour a newcomer to audio production who has shown great potential. This individual has shown their dedication, talent and creativity towards their medium, with signs of becoming an exceptional producer in the future.

Adem Waterman (Absolute Radio)
Annabelle Buckland (JACK fm)
Kate Holland (Whistledown)
Gabriela Jones (Freelance/The Guardian)
Tom Riste-Smith (We Are Grape)
Victoria Ferran (Just Radio Ltd)

Best Station Sound Producer - sponsored by Arqiva logo

An award that celebrates the work of station sound producers, exceptional creativity in audio branding and station promotion, from station IDs &  jingles to music beds, voiceovers, programme trails and promotions.

Adam Burgess, Tom Cross, Paul Rushforth, Grant Brodie, Vishwanath Balakrishnan, Mate Stojic, Paul Werner (Contraband Media)
Ben Stones (BBC Radio Pop Hub Station Sound)
James Stodd (Celador Radio)
Liam Hadley (BBC Radio Pop Hub Station Sound)
Rob Green (Audio Always)
Tom Cross, Adam Burgess & Paul Rushforth (Contraband Media) 

Grassroots Production Award

The Grassroots Production Award celebrates an individual, production company, radio station or community-based organisation that has shown extraordinary achievement in identifying, nurturing or mentoring new and diverse talent to the audio industry.

Somer Valley FM
National Prison Radio
Podium.Me Production Team
Reform Radio
Resonance
Guy Bellamy

Best New Voice

Best New Voice celebrates exceptional presenters who have either recently entered the broadcasting or podcasting world or gained significant mainstream recognition for the first time.

Andrew Loog Oldham
Brittany Taylor
Ed Miliband
Ellie Cawthorne
Harrison Stock
Soweto Kinch

Best Presenter Speech - sponsored by Arqiva logo

Best Presenter – Speech celebrates exceptional on-air talent presenting speech programmes or podcasts.  Over time, they’ve shown evidence of compelling conversation, brilliant interviews, creativity and connection with their audience.

Alan Robson
Dotun Adebayo
Gemma Cairney
Jane Garvey
Ian McMillan

Best Presenter Music - sponsored by Arqiva logo

The shortlist for Best Presenter – Music have been nominated for exceptional on-air talent presenting music programmes or podcasts.  The nominees show a complete understanding of the music genre they are in, an ability to share that passion, plus creativity and connection with their audience.

Clara Amfo
Goldierocks/Sam Hall
Lauren Laverne
Monki
Steve Lamacq
Tom Service

Narrator of the Year

This award recognises and celebrates an audiobook narrator who has demonstrated exceptional interpretation of the written word over the year, as exemplified by a single work.

Adam Sims (ID Audio)
Aysha Kala (ID Audio)
Cathleen McCarron (Harper Collins) 
Emma Swan (RNIB)
Hugh Bonneville (Harper Collins)
Michael Sheen  (Penguin Random House)

Indie of the Year

This award recognises and celebrates a company’s success across the year. Considering creative excellence, business challenges and the breadth of content created, this category celebrates those who have pushed creative boundaries, as well as a forward-thinking approach to their company.

7digital
CTVC
PRA Productions  
Reduced Listening Company
TBI Media
Whistledown

Cathy FitzgeraldBest Arts/Music Documentary/Feature Maker

This category celebrates the best of culture-based audio and radio, based around the arts or music & other related topics. Listeners will be able to see the level of insight & knowledge into the chosen topic, and the programme will be exceptionally produced.

Cathy Fitzgerald (White Stiletto Productions) GOLD - "This producer has been consistently inventive. They exhibited extraordinary skill, taking archive material and forming something so fresh and clever, that their work felt like an art in its own right."

Victoria Ferran (Just Radio Ltd) SILVER

Natalie Steed (Freelance) BRONZE

Mark CarterBest Current Affairs Documentary/Feature Maker - sponsored by ipdtl logo

Led by the current affairs agenda, content may include investigative, news, or foreign reporting, as well as science, issue or ideas programmes based around our rapidly changing world.

Mark Carter (BBC Sussex) GOLD - "This was colourful, informative and local journalism at its best. Using an impressive and considered range of production techniques, we learned not just about the platform complaints and politics of a region in the grip of horrendous transport problems, but also the human heartache of babies missed, children not kissed and jobs under threat. This was a story of national importance that through solid journalism put affected listeners front and centre. They threw everything at this key local story and it worked."

Peggy Sutton (Somethin' Else) SILVER

Deborah Dudgeon (Whistledown Productions) BRONZE

Hana Walker-BrownBest Creative Documentary/Feature Maker - sponsored by whickers world logo

Celebrating an exceptional understanding and use of sound to convey a story or emotion, Best Creative Documentary/Feature Maker looks for beautifully creative and challenging audio in the form of a podcast, documentary or short feature form.

Hana Walker-Brown (Freelance) GOLD - "The story of the shipwreck survivor was one of the most beautiful and artistic pieces of audio that we’ve heard in a long time.  It was simply told with a truly evocative soundscape which transported us to the Pacific Ocean and created the most dramatic pictures.  There were powerful pauses in the narrative where the sounds of sea and creaking wood continued the story in a subtle, understated and deeply affecting way.  This has been made by a producer who clearly understands the power of storytelling and how to use sound to build pictures in listeners’ minds."

Cathy Fitzgerald (White Stiletto Productions) SILVER

Adam Fowler (Overtone Productions Ltd) BRONZE 

Best Comedy Producer

Be it a sitcom, scripted comedy, sketch shows or panel shows; if it was designed to make you laugh, it fits the bill. This category celebrates comedy in all forms of audio, from traditional comedy broadcast to more innovative forms of comedy on-air.

Matt Stronge (BBC Studios Comedy) GOLD - "Matt demonstrated mastery of both established and new programmes and delivered content with mainstream appeal alongside suitably edgy fare. He has also clearly made an impressive commitment to working with, and growing, new talent."

Benjamin Partridge (Freelance) SILVER

David Tyler (Pozzitive Television) BRONZE

Ed Morrish (with Pippa Evans)Best Entertainment Producer - sponsored by heavy entertainment logo

This category showcases the work of an incredible entertainment producer – someone who understands how to create content, keep it fresh and ensure that the audience are entertained & amused.

Ed Morrish (Freelance, shown right with award presenter Pippa Evans) GOLD - "This was an accomplished piece. It took a daring approach to a tough topic and took the listeners on a range of emotions; compassion, heartbreak, humour, optimism and more.  This was an original, impressive piece with superb production values.  The producer’s use of an entertainment format shone new light on two very different but equally personal and emotional subjects allowing their presenters’ talents to shine, their audiences to be charmed and enlightened. " 

Adem Waterman (Absolute Radio) SILVER

Darby Dorras (Somethin' Else) BRONZE

David AkosimBest Music Producer

This award is for an exceptional producer working in music.  The winning producer has an innate understanding and appreciation of the music and the genre, as well as forward-thinking creativity and excellent production values.

David Akosim (Somethin' Else) GOLD - "This entry had scale and confidence, clearly demonstrating ambition and creative excellence. It featured an impressive range of voices in both presenters and guests. The joy in their subject matter was infectious, and real voices were heard with stories that resonated. There was a clear passion and understanding of the genre. Of particular note were the Jamaica Specials which were outstanding in their quality. Anyone can fly to Jamaica to record a programme, but this producer sought out interviews full of colour with editorial to match. These programmes made for a compelling listening experience."

Jack Howson (Reduced Listening) SILVER

Dan Moss (Somethin' Else) BRONZE 

Steve BondBest Sound Design/Engineer - sponsored by wired logo

Capturing the atmosphere of musical performances in concerts, festivals and studios or exceptionally engineering a studio recording, these sound designers & engineers are the best in their game.

Steve Bond (Freelance) GOLD"This is a sound designer who is pushing the boundaries of our listening experience. Through a range of examples, they created evocative, powerful scenes and an intense and intimate internal experience. The extracts made pictures in our minds which stayed long after the sounds had gone. This is a work of a master of the craft."

Matt Thompson (Wireless Theatre Company) SILVER

Marley Cole (Resonance) BRONZE

Best Podcast Producer - sponsored by devaweb logoEva Krysiak

This award is for an outstanding Podcast Producer who truly understands the podcast medium and its audience.  A podcast full of compelling content combined with creativity that takes full advantage of the medium, the winning producer has an innate understanding of the podcast world.

Eva Krysiak (Everyone Else) GOLD"A standout entry of pure storytelling that used the podcast form to do something original and different. It was exceptionally well edited and the production decisions had clearly been guided by the content to produce something with vivid imagery and an arresting soundscape. The judges congratulate her on her innovation, and on the courage it takes to step outside the well-trodden formats of real life crime drama or presenter-led opinion show to create something striking and unique."

Mark Sandell (Wisebuddah) SILVER

Max Sanderson (The Guardian & Radio Wolfgang) BRONZE

 

Thom HoffmanBest Digital Producer

This award recognises an individual who understands the social media environment, and is able to deliver smart, creative content that makes full use of the platform it’s on. 

Thom Hoffman (Freelance) GOLD"The Judges were impressed by the clarity of narrative and graphic aesthetic used in this producer's video and online media.  They also appreciated the fact that the look of each piece had obviously been thought about and designed around the original audio. In particular they loved the 'How to manage your worries' video, which gave a greater insight to the subject than the audio alone would have done."

Carl Frazer-Lunn (Absolute Radio) SILVER

Simon Poole (Somethin' Else) BRONZE

  

Best Drama Producer

This award is for an exceptional audio drama producer.  For an individual who is able to bring the story, the characters and narrative, to life through skillful production.

Lance Dann (Resonance) GOLD - "This is a deeply captivating drama that worked on multiple levels. The judges described the use of music and sound effects as 'brilliant' - taking the listener beyond the audio experience into an immersive world. The entry was at times deliberately bewildering, drawing the listener further in to the complexity and drama of the story. A stand-out entry!"

Judith Kampfner (Corporation for Independent Media) SILVER

Polly Thomas (Naked Productions) BRONZE


Best Audiobook/Readings Producer -
sponsored by AVResilience logoChris Thompson

This award recognises the skills, creativity and insight that comes with being an exceptional audiobook producer. Bringing a story to life, these producers are incredibly talented when it comes to the creation of audiobooks.

Chris Thompson (Heavy Entertainment) GOLD"This producer is clearly a masterful audio producer who can translate the written word into audio with emotion, suspense and humour across a wide variety of styles. Readers were expertly directed and the producer has a supreme sense of pace and timing, which creates a hugely enjoyable listening experience. Congratulations."

Samuel Gunn (Heavy Entertainment) SILVER

Joanna Green (Greenlit Productions Ltd) BRONZE

  

Best NewVictoria Ferran Producer

To honour a newcomer to audio production who has shown great potential. This individual has shown their dedication, talent and creativity towards their medium, with signs of becoming an exceptional producer in the future.



Victoria Ferran
(Just Radio Ltd) GOLD - "Victoria produced a wide range of content with a fantastic ability to portray several different topics. With a beautiful ear she produced truly classy work, with a great use of archive and music. "

Adem Waterman (Absolute Radio) SILVER

Annabelle Buckland (JACK fm) BRONZE 

Liam HadleyBest Station Sound Producer - sponsored by Arqiva logo

An award that celebrates the work of station sound producers, exceptional creativity in audio branding and station promotion, from station IDs &  jingles to music beds, voiceovers, programme trails and promotions.

Liam Hadley (BBC Radio Pop Hub Station Sound) GOLD - "This showed great creativity with an excellent range of work over the year and clever mixing of archive and current sounds – for many judges it hit their emotional buttons of vintage.  Great potential for a future producer – we can’t wait to see what they do next!"

James Stodd (Celador Radio) SILVER

Rob Green (Audio Always) BRONZE

 

Phil MaguireGrassroots Production Award

The Grassroots Production Award celebrates an individual, production company, radio station or community-based organisation that has shown extraordinary achievement in identifying, nurturing or mentoring new and diverse talent to the audio industry.

National Prison Radio: GOLD - "This is a radio station that finds talent from its own audience, many of whom clearly gain their confidence and experience through this station. It was a real showcase of ‘high standard talent’- capable of wider possibilities and opportunities in the wider audio industry. A diverse range of examples which are very real, connected, and very professionally delivered. An inspiring listen, with a clear acknowledgement from the judges that the work highlighted in this entry demonstrates it being extraordinary in identifying nurturing and mentoring new talent."

Podium.Me Production Team: SILVER

Reform Radio: BRONZE

  

Best New Voice

Best New Voice celebrates exceptional presenters who have either recently entered the broadcasting or podcasting world or gained significant mainstream recognition for the first time.

Ellie Cawthorne GOLD - "Her report on the scam Essay writing industry for Radio 4, A Degree of Fraud, displayed skill as a tenacious, accessible and trustworthy guide for listeners to the subject under investigation. She is one to watch and listen to for a new generation; the winner of the New Voice Gold Award is Ellie Cawthorne."

Ed Miliband SILVER

Harrison Stock BRONZE

Dotun AdebayoBest Presenter Speech - sponsored by Arqiva logo

Best Presenter – Speech celebrates exceptional on-air talent presenting speech programmes or podcasts.  Over time, they’ve shown evidence of compelling conversation, brilliant interviews, creativity and connection with their audience.

WINNER: Dotun Adebayo - "The judges were impressed with the journalistic approach and lively style of this presenter. Their focus on the audience and thinking about how best to entertain was clear. A wonderful warm talent that is a joy to listen to."

Best Presenter Music - sponsored by Arqiva logoLauren Laverne

The shortlist for Best Presenter – Music have been nominated for exceptional on-air talent presenting music programmes or podcasts.  The nominees show a complete understanding of the music genre they are in, an ability to share that passion, plus creativity and connection with their audience.

WINNER: Lauren Laverne - "The knowledge and enthusiasm behind her music choices becomes an inclusive and inspirational thing for listeners daily, and her warmth, skill and humour at interviewing musicians and songwriters is exemplary. A unique and consistent talent, that continues to be a joy to listen to. "



Adam SimsNarrator of the Year

This award recognises and celebrates an audiobook narrator who has demonstrated exceptional interpretation of the written word over the year, as exemplified by a single work.

WINNER: Adam Sims (ID Audio) - 
"The judges remarked on the thoughtful deliberate pace that Adam Sims brings to the emotive story - Flowers for Algernon.  The extract in the entry was well chosen and invited us into the world of Charlie Gordon in a way that felt genuine and personal."

PRA team

Indie of the Year

This award recognises and celebrates a company’s success across the year. Considering creative excellence, business challenges and the breadth of content created, this category celebrates those who have pushed creative boundaries, as well as a forward-thinking approach to their company.

WINNER: PRA Productions  - "In a strong field this flourishing Indie was a clear winner. The judges were in awe of the sheer range, imagination and ambition of the output bringing remarkable, challenging stories to air through drama, live events, music shows, factual entertainment, documentary and debate. Judges were impressed with the Indie’s knack for accessing a range of voices and stories that are rarely heard on air. The Web Sheikh, a brilliant interview with a mother and her son, who has been radicalised online, and a 'soundscape with loan sharks’ were fresh, challenging and insightful. Letters Live, a broadcast event were inmate’s deepest thoughts are given voice using the vocal talents of A list celebrities was both the wackiest stand up show of any finalist and profoundly moving. The judges were clearly able to see how such content is changing lives.  The fact that National Prison Radio exists at all is something to celebrate. They have grown 54% in the past year and are producing some of the most creative and diverse audio on the planet, makes them solid gold."

Tony BlackburnGold Award 

WINNER: Tony Blackburn - "I’m going to get onto his awards and achievements and the serious stuff in a minute, but I want to start by saying a massive thank you to Tony Blackburn for putting a smile on the nation’s face for over 50 years. Tony’s been at the top of the business for all that time because he has that rare gift of being able to instantly connect with people. He’s on record as saying, ‘I'm not a showbiz person. I just enjoy talking nonsense on the radio ... Well, nothing wrong with that…  " click here for full citation.

 

Phil CritchlowLifetime Achievement Award

WINNER: Phil Critchlow - TBI Media & the Radio Independents Group - "So here’s my dilemma. I’m presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award and traditionally, in my best Michael Aspel way, I’m supposed to slowly build up to revealing the person’s identity with a series of hints and clues that keep everyone guessing until the last moment.  But the problem is that tonight’s winner is just too talented. Almost everything he’s done has been so huge and ground-breaking, and has won so many awards that there’s almost nothing I can say that won’t give the game away.' - click here for full citation.

 

We introduced a new online entry system last year - more flexible and, we believe, easier to use:

  • you only need to put in your details once, when you first register,
  • once registered as an entrant, you can put in as many entries as you want and save them as drafts,
  • you can revise your draft entries repeatedly, until you are happy with them
  • only when you are completely happy with each one do you need to advance to payment and submit it - you don't need to submit all at the same time
  • you can have a mixture of entries, eg nominating yourself for some categories, and nominating others for the same or other awards

Even if you are reading this several weeks before the closing date, we urge you to register on the site now: www.judgify.me/2016apas - but read through the guide below first! While it has been extensively tested, early registration will show up any remaining teething problems in time to sort them out. You will still have until the closing date (see front page) to actually submit your entries.

* Illustrated guide to registration and entry *

When you follow the link on the 'How to Enter' page it will take you to the entry system at judgify.me.

screenshot front page

Click 'submit an entry' and if you are not registered you will see the login / register page - please note these are pictures on this page, not live pages!  You need to go to the actual Judgify site to action these links.  

login page

Click 'register' and you will see the 'entrant profile' registration form:

entrant profile form

Fairly self-explanatory - just note that if claiming eligibility for discount entry fees you need to either enter a RIG member company in the 'Company Name' box. Click 'submit' and you will shortly get email confirmation. You can then return to the front page of the site (as in the top image above) at any time to add, edit or submit your entries, by first clicking the  

IMPORTANT TIP: if when you return to the site, you see the front of the main Judgify site instead of the dedicated APAs site (as shown above) simply use the link http://www.judgify.me/2016apas to get to the correct page 

Here is the entry form:

entry form

You don't need to enter the nominee details again if you are nominating yourself. Check the Audio Production Awards website for information on audio file and written documents - all categories need both. Click 'confirm' and you'll be taken to the listing of your entries:

saved entries

At this point you can proceed to payment, or add more entries, or return at a later date to progress your entries.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT TIP: if you're looking for your 'Draft Entries' page and instead you find yourself on the 'Submission Details' page (both shown above) simply scroll down to the bottom of the form and click the 'Cancel' button.  This will take you to your 'Draft Entries' page

Contacts:
Any queries please email the address below to contact the organising team.


* The APAs are organised by RIG through its trading arm RIG Events Ltd, admin address: c/o Kim Mason, 21 Pembroke Rd, London N10 2HR
registered office: unit 2, Olympic Court, Whitehills Business Park, Blackpool, Lancs FY4 5GU
registered at Companies House in England and Wales
** The submissions and judging system is based on Judgify.me


 

AIM OF THE AWARDS

The mission of the Audio Production Awards is to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement within the designated categories covering both producers and on-air talent. 

The details that follow are for reference only, as this year's Awards are now complete, with the winners revealed and celebrated at the Gala Night on 23rd November.

ENTRY/JUDGING

The first 14 categories of the Audio Production Awards are open to public entries and will be judged by an independent panel of judges drawn from across the audio sector. You can submit your entries by following this link, but first please read the guidance below!

For the first time this year, where possible, categories will be “blind judged”. This means that judges will not see fields containing the name of the entrant, or their company, which risks introducing elements of conscious or unconscious bias.  Clearly this will not be possible in all categories, such as best presenter, where the entrant will be obvious.

RIG wants to lead the way in this becoming best practice for industry awards. We strive to make the APAs fair and inclusive, with a level playing field for all entrants, and truly about recognising the best audio production work regardless of source.

We therefore strongly encourage entrants not to include personal information, including the use of gender pronouns, in any fields other than name/company. If an entrant chooses to include personal details, or are identifiable from the audio, we will not able to review and remove this. 

The awards for presenters (New Voice Award, Best Presenter - Speech, Best Presenter - Music) and Best Narrator will be open to written nominations from Radio Independents Group (RIG) Members with the winners then chosen by the RIG Awards Committee.

The qualifying period for the awards is from 1st July 2016 to 30th June 2017.  And the entry fee is just £30 + VAT for RIG members and BBC staff, or £48 + VAT for everyone else.

The maximum length of audio clips is 15 minutes, unless otherwise stated and written nominations/supporting statements are not to exceed 600 words.

Entries for each of these awards should either reflect a “body of work” consisting of excerpts from several productions, or demonstrate the full range of production skills in an exceptional one off programme.

1.       BEST ARTS/MUSIC DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER

This category celebrates the best of culture-based audio and radio. Typically, the content submitted will cover areas based around the arts or music, but other arts related topics will be accepted. The programme or podcast content will have been reported and produced to the highest of standards, and should give a sense of special insight into their subject.

2.       BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER

Entries into this category will have been created by outstanding producers, who have made programmes or podcasts led by the current affairs agenda. This may include investigative, news, or foreign reporting, as well as science, issue or ideas programmes based around our rapidly changing world. It also includes content reflecting on past events. The judges will be looking for a strong journalistic instinct, and a clear and gripping narrative.  We are particularly interested in entries which cover local or regional stories.

3.       BEST CREATIVE DOCUMENTARY/ FEATURE MAKER.

This category celebrates exceptional understanding and use of sound to convey a story or emotion. Typically this could be in podcast, documentary or short feature form and entries which include challenging audio, soundscapes, montage or sound art are particularly encouraged.

4.       BEST COMEDY PRODUCER

All comedy based audio and radio will meet the criteria for this category; be it a sitcom, scripted comedy, sketch shows or panel shows. In short - if its format was designed to make you laugh, it fits the bill. The judges will be looking for creative and innovative comedic style, as well as more traditional comedy done sublimely.

5.       BEST ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER

Submissions to this category will showcase the work of outstanding entertainment producers, who successfully create fresh and amusing content. The audio can feature entertainment from many broad formats; be it live daytime programmes or light-hearted podcasts, but must not be ‘pure comedy’ - such content should be entered into Category 3.

6.       BEST MUSIC PRODUCER

This award is for an exceptional producer working in music.  Entries can include a range of music programming, from single programmes to sequence programmes.  Judges will be looking for an understanding and appreciation of the music and the genre alongside creativity and excellent production values.

7.       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. Judging criteria will include technical skills, sound quality, innovation and creative contribution, as appropriate.

8.       BEST PODCAST PRODUCER

This award is for an outstanding Podcast Producer who truly understands the podcast medium and its audience.  Judges will be looking for compelling content combined with creativity that takes full advantage of the medium. 

9.       BEST DIGITAL PRODUCER

This award will recognise an individual who understands the social media environment, and is able to deliver smart, creative content that makes full use of the platform it’s on. Social media, video elements and/or online presentations should be submitted as hyperlinks in your supporting document.  An audio file is not required for this category, though you can submit one if you prefer (up to 15 mins).

10.      BEST DRAMA PRODUCER

This award is for an exceptional audio drama producer.  An individual who is able to bring the story, the characters and narrative, to life through skilful production.  In this category, entry length is up to 30 minutes, to allow space to show the full impact of the entry.  This can either be an unedited 30 minutes or extracts from several related pieces (a series) up to 30 minutes.

11.      BEST AUDIOBOOK/READINGS PRODUCER

The award recognises the producer of audiobooks. Judging criteria will include the range and choice of material, performance, direction and production values. In this category, entry length is up to 30 minutes, to allow space to show the full impact of the entry.  This can either be an unedited 30 minutes or extracts from several pieces up to 30 minutes in total.

12.      BEST NEW PRODUCER

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. 

13.      BEST STATION SOUND PRODUCER

For producers who are working in or contributing to radio/audio imaging and/or station sound production. Judges will be looking for exceptional creativity in audio branding and station promotion, such as station IDs, jingles, music beds, voiceovers, programme trails and promotions. Content can be created for online distribution only or for radio broadcast.

14.      GRASSROOTS PRODUCTION AWARD

For an individual, production company, radio station 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.

15.       BEST PRESENTER - SPEECH

For exceptional on-air talent presenting speech programmes or podcasts.  Judging criteria will include compelling conversation, brilliant interviews, creativity and connection with their audience. 

16.      BEST PRESENTER - MUSIC

For exceptional on-air talent presenting music programmes or podcasts.  Judging criteria will include an absolute understanding of the music genre they are in, ability to share that passion, creativity and connection with their audience. 

17.      NEW VOICE AWARD

For exceptional presenters who have either recently entered the broadcasting or podcasting world or gained significant mainstream recognition for the first time. 

18.      BEST NARRATOR

This award recognises and celebrates an audiobook narrator who has demonstrated exceptional interpretation of the written word over the year, as exemplified by a single outstanding work.

19.      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. Whilst this is aimed at an individual, strong cases for teams may be made to the committee.

20.      INDIE OF THE YEAR 

This award recognises and celebrates a company’s success across the year.  Entries welcome from the smallest to the largest companies. In this category, entry length is up to 30 minutes, and 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. 


 

Terms and Conditions of Entry 

1. The Organiser of the Audio Production Awards ("2017 APAs”) is RIG Events Ltd. 

2. By entering the 2017 APAs, the Entrant will be deemed to have read and understood these rules and to be bound by them. These rules include any instructions set out by the dedicated submission website.

3. Entry is by reference to the award categories. Only categories 14 to 17 (see categories page) cannot be entered for. There is no restriction on the number of entries or on the number of categories for which an Entrant may submit their entry.

4. Entries must relate to radio and audio programming and/or works of producers and industry personnel between 1st July 2016 and 30th June 2017 (see eligibility page).

5. The Organiser reserves the right at its absolute discretion to reject any entry that it deems inappropriate. 

6. Submission of all entries for 2017 and accompanying payment must be completed by the deadline published on the front page.

7. Entries will only be accepted if they are completed in full and submitted through the dedicated submission website and accompanied by the entry fee.

8. Responsibility cannot be accepted for any lost, late or mislaid entry and any entry which is damaged, defaced, illegible or incomplete, or which otherwise does not comply with these terms and conditions may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of the Organiser.

9. In each of the 2017 APAs categories, there will be one winner only. All winners will be chosen by a panel of judges drawn from the radio and audio production field as selected by the Organiser.

10. The prize for each winner will be a trophy. There is no cash alternative.

11. The winners will be announced on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at the Gala Awards Night, British Film Institute, Southbank, London (see also 18, below).

12. Winners will also be published on the Organiser’s website.  

13. The Organiser reserves the right to change the categories and the judging panel without prior notice to the entrants.

14. The decision of the Chair of the judges on all matters affecting this competition is final and legally binding.

15. No correspondence will be entered into.

16. Winners & finalists may be required to take part in some post-event publicity and consent to their name and images being used for such purposes.

17. The Organiser licenses any winner to use the 2017 APAs logo and/or RIG logo in connection with its award providing the year won is stated.

18. It may be necessary for reasons beyond the Organiser’s control to alter the venue and/or date of the 2017 APAs.  In such eventuality the Organiser’s will give as much notice as it can as per the transfer of venue and/or date.

19. Organiser liability for loss or damage incurred as a result of cancellation or postponement of the 2017 APAs is limited to the entry fee.

20. These terms and conditions are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction.