UK OUTDOOR INDUSTRY AWARDS 2025 ENTRY FORM

For further information please contact shona.tate@theoia.co.uk T: 0161 498 6159

Please read all the information below before entering the Awards at the bottom of this page

 

“As proud recipients of many OIA awards they are so much more than a recognition of great work, they are also fantastic in helping to  elevate your innovations to the industry and even more importantly to your customers. Having this much exposure is a phenomenal boost to a product and will drive significant returns to your business. I’d wholeheartedly encourage you to enter.”

Nick Giles, OBE, Managing Director, Ordnance Survey (OS) Leisure

“We’re truly honoured to receive the UK Outdoor Industry award this year, and the past year has shown us just how invaluable it has been. The multi-channel promotion through social media, OTS, and the OIA event, plus recognition and visibility generated have been beyond measure and incredible value for money. From increased industry exposure to heightened consumer recognition, the Montane Fireball nano has truly shone, thanks to the extensive promotion and communication efforts that the award has delivered”

Matt Hickman, Marketing Director, MONTANE

WHO CAN ENTER?

Any company / brand with a NEW Outdoor Recreation product launched and available to the trade from June 2023, so either from your , S/S 2024, A/W 2024/25 or S/S 2025 collections and which has not previously been entered in the UK Outdoor Industries Awards. Innovation & craftmanship are a key criteria for the awards, and the product must come from the forward selling collections, however new range evolutions of existing products are eligible for entry.

AWARDS CATEGORIES

Accessories including tools, food, gadgets, lighting, first aid, etc.

Backpacks/Travel Luggage including wash bags, mobile phone bags

Camping Equipment including furniture, stoves, cutlery 

Climbing Equipment including crampons, ice axes, helmets

Clothing including clothing accessories – gloves, socks, hats, belts

Footwear including insoles

Sleeping sleeping bags, mats, pillows

Sustainability innovation, functionality, use of materials, performance not fashion, appearance, circularity in the life cycle of the product – supply evidence to back up all sustainability claims which will be reviewed and validated

Tech Accessories including Sports watches, GPS, Cameras, apps

Tents/Awnings including tents, awnings, trailer tents, bivvy bags

TIMETABLE OF AWARDS

Deadline for Entries:  DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL 28th MAY 2024 – FINAL DEADLINE

 

Entry display and finalists judging: All entries will be displayed at the Outdoor Trade Show 2024 – 18th – 20th June, Exhibition Centre, Liverpool www.outdoortradeshow.com.

 

Judging, by a panel of industry experts, will take place on the first two days of OTS 2024.

 

Finalists Announcement: The finalists will be announced on the second day of the show – at the OTS Social, Wednesday 19th June 2024.

 

Consumers’ Vote For Winners: Online from November 2024 – February 2025

 

Winners Announcement:  OIA Conference – March 2025 (date and location tbc)

 

Promotion of the finalists and consumer voting: Promotion of the finalists will be done through our partners’ databases and will be hosted online as in previous years.

 

JUDGES

Lawrie Kemp, General Manager, Nevisport

Cat Ellis, Editor, Advnture

Nat Jackson, New Business Lead, Outward Bound Trust

Tom Cain, Buyer – Outdoor, SportsShoes.com

Cath Casey, Director, The Climbers Shop & Joe Brown Shops

Adele Sousta, Head of Planning, JD Outdoor

And more to be announced.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Innovation & Popularity are the main criteria for the awards, as well as:

Functionality

Workmanship

Ergonomics

Choice of materials

Environmental friendliness

Safety

Commercial viability

PRICES

One entry (OIA Member and/or OTS Exhibitor) £120 + VAT

 

One entry (Non – OIA Member and/or OTS Exhibitor) £180 + VAT

 

Three + entries (OIA Member and/or OTS Exhibitor) £99 + VAT each entry

 

Three + entries (Non – OIA Member and/or OTS Exhibitor) £150 + VAT each entry

With thanks to our partners:

“For Therm-a-Rest, to win a coveted UK Outdoor Industry Award for the NeoAir XLite NXT is an incredible honour, and one which adds immense value to the brand!  In particular, knowing that the award is voted on first by esteemed and highly respected members of the Outdoor Trade & Press, and then secondly by consumers in the UK makes this all the more special and significant.  For all of Cascade Designs’ brands, the UK Outdoor Industry Awards are vital in providing a platform for us to showcase key new and innovative products to those who matter the most: the consumers in the marketplace.”

        Lindsay Morrison, Marketing & PR Manager, Cascade Designs

Rules
  1. All entries must be made on the form below
  2. All entries must be supported by ONE jpeg picture (1MB – 4MB maximum size) + 200 WORD MAXIMUM description that relates to the criteria. Also if available, but not compulsory you can include a link to a video explaining the product and what makes it a winner – maximum duration 3 minutes (explanation needs to relate to judging criteria) and/or link to any existing video of the product as well as to any product reviews. The links will need to fit within the 200 word limit. Entries that do not fulfil this criteria will not be entered.
  3. All entries must provide the RRP of the product – this needs to be included at the end of the 200 word description.
  4. All entries will need to post/deliver to OTS a sample of the product to be displayed at the Awards Display area. This is at the entrant’s cost and failure to deliver the sample may prevent you for being considered for the Awards.
  5. Entries received after the official closing date will not be accepted. The decision of the judging panel will be final.
  6. All entries will be treated in strictest confidence.
  7. In submitting an entry, companies confirm that the product entered is their sole property and does not infringe or utilise the intellectual patent or other rights of any other organisation or person.
  8. It is assumed that all necessary permissions and licenses from third parties have been obtained
  9. Entrants will need to fill in the declaration below.
  10. Categories can be cancelled at the organisers’ discretion.
  11. Entries can be switched to an alternative or more relevant category at the organisers’ discretion.