AIM OF THE AWARDS
The mission of the Audio Production Awards is to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement in audio and radio production within the designated categories covering both producers and on-mic talent.
The first 13 categories of the Audio Production Awards (along with Category 18, Indie of the Year) were open to public entries and judged by an independent panel of judges drawn from across the audio sector. Entries were made through the Judgify website.
The awards for presenters (New Voice Award, Best Presenter - Speech, Best Presenter - Music) and for the Gold Award, were open to written nominations from Radio Independents Group (RIG) members, with the winners then chosen by the RIG Awards Committee.
To be eligible for entry, the radio/audio must have been first broadcast (or first released online for streaming/download) within the qualifying period of 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016.
The maximum length of audio clips was 15 minutes, unless otherwise stated, and written nominations/supporting statements were not to exceed 600 words.
Each of these awards is for "a body of work" so the portfolio should consist of excerpts from several productions. Exceptional single programmes could be entered, although entrants were made aware that awards were generally intended to recognise a body of work
For general feature and documentary making including all areas of non-news features and documentaries. Typically this might include historical, arts, lifestyle features and documentaries. 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. Content can be created for online distribution only or for radio broadcast.
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. Content can be created for online distribution only or for radio broadcast.
For comedy and other entertainment audio content or programming including panel games, but excluding music & drama.
For music audio content or programming including music-based documentaries and sequence programmes.
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. Content can be created for online distribution only or for radio broadcast.
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. Social media, video elements and/or online presentations should be submitted as hyperlinks.
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. In this category, entry length is up to 30 minutes, to allow space to show the full impact of the dramatic extracts. Content can be created for online distribution only or for radio broadcast.
For the production of broadcast readings or audio books. Judging criteria will include the range and choice of material, performance, direction and production values.
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. Content can be created for online distribution only or for radio broadcast.
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. Content can be created for online distribution only or for radio broadcast.
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.
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-air talent presenting music programmes. Judging 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.
finally, entries for the Indie of the Year, below, are to be made in the same way as the first thirteen categories above, ie through the Judgify website at www.judgify.me/2016apas.
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. In this category, entry length is up to 30 minutes, to allow space to show the full impact of the company’s output across the year.
For more guidance on entering, see the How to Enter page.