Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) is pushing ahead with this year’s National Event Awards despite the devastation the pandemic has had on the industry over the last 12 months.
“More than ever before it is important as an industry that we recognise and promote the varied collection of events that our industry ran during the past year and highlight the creativity, ingenuity, and tenacity it took to deliver them under such challenging circumstances,” MEA chair Nigel Collin said.
“Because of this, MEA continues to support the industry by holding their 2020 National Awards.
“Virtual, hybrid, the emergence of studio and broadcast events, are all part of the new way of working, and therefore all included in this year’s awards.
“Whatever the event was, whatever it took to deliver it, we want to hear from event professionals and tell their story – as they are all a huge achievement in how we now run events.”
To reflect the changing nature of the industry, this year’s awards have introduced Event Freelance of the Year, while most categories have been changed to include virtual, digital and hybrid events to ensure everyone can enter.
“We know how difficult the year has been, we know that we have high expectations of ourselves and the events we run,” said Collin.
“This year’s awards recognise not only outcomes but importantly the effort, change and dynamic nature we had to work through to come up with new ideas and unique ways of delivering events that most of us had not done before.
“Now is time to be proud of what we have achieved, and of the amazing work that has taken place, under exceptional circumstances.”
Nominations for the awards close on March 1.