Virtual event takes top prize at Australian Event Awards

EY Secrets of the Archibald was named Australian Event of the Year.

A virtual event took home top honours in last night’s finale of the Australian Event Awards 12-day online celebration mirroring the shift in the events landscape over the last 18 months.

Jack Morton Australia’s EY Secrets of the Archibald was named Australian Event of the Year, with the event being heralded as being better than the real thing.

In the post event feedback, one client said “it was one of the best virtual events I have attended, and to be honest, it was a better art experience”.

Rizer took home Event Management Organisation of the Year, with the judges saying “Rizer seems to have maintained the same high-end delivery with their virtual projects as with live events which is no easy feat”.

“To be able to see the wide range of events and achievements that have been produced during such a difficult year made it clear to me that the events industry will come out the other side of this stronger and more capable,” said Brenda LaPorte, co-chair of the judging panel.

Just under 100 events and organisations were crowned as finalists in 2021. See the full list of National Winners for 2021 below.

Best Live or Hybrid Public Event

Adelaide Fringe 2021, South Australia

Best Virtual Public Event

University of Tasmania Virtual Open Day 2020, Spaces Interactive

Best Live or Hybrid Congress, Conference or Exhibition

Brisbane Truck Show 2021, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia, Queensland

Best Virtual Congress, Conference or Exhibition

Igniting our Future Conference 2021, Peanut Productions

Best Live or Hybrid Brand Event

DoorDash Delivers for the State of Origin I, II, & III 2021, MKTG Sports + Entertainment, New South Wales & Queensland

Best Virtual Brand Event

Salesforce Live Series 2020/2021, The Company We Keep

Best Live or Hybrid Corporate Event

Class of 2020: Celebrate Together, The University of Sydney, New South Wales

Best Virtual Corporate Event

Johnson and Johnson Medical Devices Annual Sales and Training Meeting 2021, Eventful Meetings and Events

Best Live or Hybrid Small Event

Airwaves – The Drive-In Music Festival 2020, Buskers by the Creek Inc, Queensland

Best Virtual Small Event

EY Secrets of the Archibald 2020, Jack Morton Australia

Best Charity or Cause-Related Event

Gibb Challenge 2021, Karunjie Event Management Pty Ltd, Western Australia

Coates Best Community Event

Coogee Live 2021, City of Cockburn, Western Australia

Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event

Parramatta Lanes 2020, City of Parramatta, New South Wales

Best Regional Event

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2021, Northern Territory Major Events Company

Best Technical Achievement in a Live or Hybrid Event

ORACLE – LIQUID PTY LTD for their work on Sea World Carnivale 2021

Best Technical Achievement in a Virtual Event

Big Picture for their work on Dally M Awards 2020

Best Online Event Delivery Platform

EventsAIR for OnAIR

Best Innovation, New Product or New Service

Evise and Pyrus for their work on Know My Name Conference 2020

Best Achievement in Design

Electric Canvas (The) for their work on Brisbane City Hall Christmas Projections 2020 (Gold Lotto City Hall Lights Spectacular)

Best Achievement in Marketing or Communication

Northern Territory Major Events Company for their work on Parrtjima – a Festival in Light 2021

Best Achievement in Studio Management

Big Picture for their work at the Big Picture Live Event Studio

Small Event Management Organisation of the Year

Nectar Creative Communications

Event Management Organisation of the Year

Rizer

Australian Event of the Year

EY Secrets of the Archibald 2020, Jack Morton Australia