Why is there a fee?
It is standard protocol within respected industry awards to charge a nominal entry fee to ensure that the awards remain completely fair and objective. Creating and running an awards process such as The National Vintage Awards requires a significant financial investment and ongoing running costs throughout (marketing, design, insurance, website management, fees) which is partially supported through revenue from entries. In return for the £35 entry fee, we provide the following benefits:
What can I win?
In addition to the prestigious title, trophy and pin. There will be prizes unique to the categories which will be announced as the process continues. See the Prizes page (coming soon) for all the wonderful things you could receive!
What happens after I nominate myself?
After we receive your nomination form, we will manually check through the details, then if everything checks out, you will be contacted with an approval email. If your nomination is successful, you will receive a nomination pack in April 2015. Voting will be open throughout May 2015, with the shortlisted finalists being informed in early June 2015. The judging panel meet in June 2015 with the ceremony held on Wednesday 15th July 2015 this year in Cheltenham.
How does the voting work?
All successful nominees will be put forward for a straightforward public vote via online poll. The top 5 or 3 (depending on the category) who get the most votes via the public vote will then be shortlisted. The winner of the Best Vintage Fair and Vintage Personality categories is determined from a public and peer only vote process; the categories Best Vintage Style Performer and Best 1940s/50s Entertainment will be judged by the audience after a performance at the NVA ceremony in July 2015; the remaining categories will be judged by the carefully selected team of NVA judges based on criteria including the following:
Passion for vintage
Representation of the vintage industry
Quality of product/service
Finalists will be given the opportunity to provide further information so the judges can make an informed and fair decision.
Portfolio and/or product samples depending on the category may be requested to support this process when the panel meet.
Overall winners for each category will be announced at the award ceremony.
Can I attend the award ceremony?
All shortlisted finalists will receive two complimentary tickets for the award ceremony. Further tickets will go on sale to the general public in the Spring of 2015 with a preferential rate for non-finalist nominees and friends/family of the finalists. Tickets are available across the industry, not only a fantastic night but great networking opportunity. A proportion of tickets are also available for purchase by members of the public and for corporate hospitality. Contact email@example.com for more information.