Rules of entry

Award categories

How it works

The awards will span seven months with four phases: 

  1. The call for entries and nominations: 06 April 2017 until 14 May 2017.  To enter, fill out the application form here
  2. The shortlist is announced and voting period begins: 02 June 2017 until 09 July 2017
  3. Judging panel meets and holds interviews with the three finalists in each category: 24 August 2017
  4. Winners announced at winners' party: 13 September 2017


The rules of entry

  • The awards are free to enter
  • Our awards are about celebrating emerging talent – entrants/nominees need to demonstrate that they have developed their professional standing in their chosen field for five years or less
  • Entrants/nominees must be over the age of 18 and live or work in Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Entrants/nominees can enter as many categories as are relevant
  • When submitting entries, entrants must ensure they have obtained permission to feature material from external suppliers as necessary. Third parties should be made aware that the material could appear in print and online in i-on magazine and
  • i-on reserves the right to publish excerpts and information about award entries via all i-on platforms (e-newsletters, social media, website). Entrants must clearly state in their application form if information cannot be published. Please highlight in red.
  • i-on reserves the right to disqualify entries that contain offensive material and reserves the right to modify entries that in their view are entered in an unfitting category
  • All entries submitted must be legal
  • All entries will be shortlisted initially by i-on
  • All i-on shortlisted entries will go to a public vote
  • Shortlisted applications will receive promotional material from i-on and have full permission to use during the voting period
  • The top five shortlist will be made up of the five entrants in each category with the most votes
  • From the top five shortlisted in each category by public vote, i-on will select the top three to meet with the judges
  • The three finalists in each category must be available in Edinburgh on Thursday 24 August 2017 to give a five minute presentation and be judged by a panel of respected industry experts
  • One overall winner will be selected to win a £15,000 marketing campaign with i-on in 2018 – details to be discussed together at a date following the awards. No cash alternative, non-transferrable
  • i-on and the judges’ decision is final
  • Individual finalists will receive two free tickets to attend the winners’ party on Wednesday 13 September at Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh, where the winners will be announced
  • To maintain the integrity of the awards, we would hope all finalists will attend the winners' party
  • The final six winners must be available on Friday 15 September 2017 for a photo shoot in Edinburgh
  • Anyone is welcomed to attend the winners' party. Tickets will be chargeable and are non-refundable after purchase transaction is complete


The public vote

  • You may vote for any individual in each of the six categories
  • Voters will be able to vote from any mobile device or desktop
  • Voters will be able to vote from one email address, once only
  • Multiple voting will be discounted

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