Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced that its awards programme will go ahead, in a ‘reshaped’ format that will recognise both the impact of Covid-19 and the evolution of virtual/hybrid events.
The awards recognise and reward the outstanding work of individuals and businesses in Australia that have delivered excellence for meetings and events during 2020, despite the many restrictions, challenges and interruptions due to Covid-19.
MEA Chair Nigel Collin commented: “The industry has been hit very hard since March 2020 with Covid-19 but some events did go ahead earlier in the year and more will do so by the end of December. So with that in mind, MEA’s National Awards programme will continue; to ensure we recognise the exceptional achievements, creativity and outcomes that businesses and event professionals in Australia have delivered, despite the industry’s toughest year.”
Categories such as events of the year, event management, venues and products and services now include virtual and hybrid events in the eligibility.
A new award for “Event Freelancer of the Year” has also been created, recognising freelancers in a variety of roles such as showcallers, producers, technicians, autocue operators heavily involved in the delivery of virtual and hybrid events.
Chair of Judges, Ian Stuart commented: “The live events industry has been hammered during 2020 but despite the downturn we continue to hear of members from throughout our sector who have adapted their services to meet strict health requirements, and are flourishing. The MEA Awards are a chance to present your creativity and inspire others to submit their stories. The application process has been simplified and there is an Awards category for every MEA member. Don’t delay, jot down your ideas and aim for a MEA 2020 Award.”
The awards portal is open for submissions on Wednesday 2 December, to both MEA members and non-members.