ENTRY DEADLINE: FRIDAY MARCH 24 


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  • BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

    This award will recognise the very best use of Social Media as part of an overall marketing or editorial campaign. All major social media platforms are eligible - Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. - and our judges will be looking for tangible evidence of a social campaign that really moved the needle in terms of impact for the brand involved.

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  • BUSINESS MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

    This award is for the business-to-business magazine, published more that four times a year, which most clearly demonstrates overall excellence in the market.

    The winning magazine will demonstrate outstanding editorial and design, a sure understanding of the needs of its audience, as well as sound commercial results.

    Although the judges will note how effectively a brand has been developed across all platforms, the focus for this entry is on the magazine’s excellence in its core area, be that in print or on a digital platform.

    Creativity, innovation, and sheer magazine magic are the key ingredients for winning the PPA Business Magazine of the Year Award.

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  • BUSINESS MEDIA BRAND OF THE YEAR

    This award is for the Business Media brand that has most successfully been extended across one or more channels (print, online, face-to-face, events, broadcast, mobile, other digital offerings), and that has shown outstanding innovation in responding to the changing dynamics of its market.

    Where different communities are being targeted, evidence will show how the brand adapts to and serves the requirements of each community. Entries should show evidence of the leverage of the brand or extension within the market in which the product operates.

    While creativity and innovation are paramount, the judges will also be looking for evidence of a strong commercial performance from the brand during 2016.

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  • COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR (BUSINESS MEDIA)

    Open to commentators and real opinion-formers who reach and influence their audiences through a regular column or feature, or by blog, e-mail, newsletter, or podcast. Whatever the channel, our judges will be looking for content of the highest quality and insight that informs, educates, and leads opinion within their target communities. The winning entry will show clear evidence of the writer’s brilliance with words, along with his or her authority, insight, and accuracy,all delivered with real wit, style, and sheer force of personality.

    Please note that no more than three writers may be entered from any one publication/brand.

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  • COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR (CONSUMER MEDIA)

    Open to commentators and real opinion-formers who reach and influence their audiences through a regular column or feature, or by blog, e-mail, newsletter, or podcast. Whatever the channel, our judges will be looking for content of the highest quality and insight that informs, educates, and leads opinion within their target communities. The winning entry will show clear evidence of the writer’s brilliance with words, along with his or her authority, insight, and accuracy,all delivered with real wit, style, and sheer force of personality.

    Please note that no more than three writers may be entered from any one publication/brand.

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  • CONSUMER MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

    This award is for the title that stands out as a beacon of excellence in consumer magazines. Our judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding editorial and design, a total understanding of the needs of the target audience, as well as sound commercial results. Creativity, innovation, and sheer magazine magic are the key ingredients for winning the PPA Consumer Magazine of the Year Award.

    Please note that a magazine may be entered in EITHER Consumer Magazine of the Year OR Specialist Consumer Magazine of the Year, but not both.

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  • CONSUMER MEDIA BRAND OF THE YEAR

    This award is for the Consumer Media brand that demonstrates excellence in serving the needs of its target audience across multiple channels (print, online,face-to-face, events, broadcast, mobile, other digital offerings).

    Our judges are looking for a brand that has shown outstanding innovation in responding to the changing dynamics of its market. Entries should clearly demonstrate how a multi-channel approach or innovative extension of the brand has created deeper engagement with the target audience.

    Where different communities are being targeted, evidence will show how the brand adapts to and serves the requirements of each community.

    While creativity and innovation are paramount, the judges will also be looking for evidence of a strong commercial performance from the brand during 2016.

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  • CUSTOMER MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

    For the purpose of this award, a customer magazine is a magazine (as opposed to a brochure,catalogue or newsletter), published at least twice a year by, or on behalf of,an organisation to communicate with its customers. The judges will assess how the magazine meets the organisation's marketing and communication needs, and how it has delivered against clear and specific objectives. The winning magazine will add significant value to the customer's relationship with the organisation and demonstrate all-round excellence in its editorial, design, and overall publishing values.

    Please note that this category is open to both consumer-facing and Business Media titles.

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  • DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (BUSINESS MEDIA)

    This award recognises the Art Director or Designer who can demonstrate truly brilliant and outstanding design during 2016 on a particular title or brand. Our judges will be looking for evidence of how the designer's sheer excellence throughout the year has played a key part in the success of the title, and how this design then translates across all other platforms. Our judges will also be looking for coherence, excellence in the use of photography, typography and illustration,and all other classic magazine design elements.


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  • DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (CONSUMER MEDIA)

    This award recognises the Art Director or Designer who can demonstrate truly brilliant and outstanding design during 2016 on a particular title or brand. Our judges will be looking for evidence of how the designer's sheer excellence throughout the year has played a key part in the success of the brand, whether focussed on single or multiple platforms. Our judges will also be looking for coherence,excellence in the use of photography, typography and illustration, and all other classic design elements.


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  • DIGITAL INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
    (BUSINESS MEDIA)

    This award recognises true excellence in the development of digital products, whether these are websites, apps, mobile offerings, lead generation or rich data information services. In all cases our judges will be looking for innovations that unify and serve their user communities. That may be through the delivery of a broad range of community content, or through the delivery of specific services allowing buyers to transact with sellers, job seekers to interact with hirers,customers to access rich data used in the workflow, or similar offerings.

    Key criteria will be evidence of innovation, creative flair, strong design values, excellent product development, and robust usability. Judges will also expect to see evidence of user value and competitive market performance, measured by pages accessed per user, site traffic, average time spent with the product, interactivity, user research, response for advertisers, revenue growth, and strong performance at the bottom line, etc.

    Entries can be standalone products and do not have to stem from a printed product, though our judges will also be looking for any success in leveraging brands across multiple platforms.

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  • DIGITAL INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
    (CONSUMER MEDIA)

    This award recognises true excellence in the development of digital products, whether these are websites, apps, mobile offerings, tablet iterations,
    e-commerce products, or interactive tools.

    Products should clearly showcase innovation, creative flair, strong design values,excellent product development, and robust usability. Judges will be looking for metrics that show depth of engagement among users, as well as real evidence of the product’s commercial success and wider contribution to the brand.

    Entries can be standalone products and do not have to stem from a printed product, though our judges will also be looking for any success in leveraging brands across multiple platforms.

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  • EDITOR OF THE YEAR (BUSINESS MEDIA)

    This highly competitive category rewards the outstanding Business Media Editor of 2016. Our judges will focus on the personal contribution of the Editor to the consistent all-round brilliance which put his or her brand above its competitors, taking into account the overall quality of journalism, significant successful editorial developments and initiatives, the relevance of the content to the audience, and the Editor's own knowledge of, involvement in, and influence on his or her relevant market.

    Our judges will be searching for genuine individual genius, along with assessing the overall performance of the brand during 2016, including audience figures, and achievement within the brand's competitive set.


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  • EDITOR OF THE YEAR (CONSUMER MEDIA)

    This highly-competitive category rewards the outstanding Consumer Media Editor of 2016. Our judges will focus on the personal contribution of the Editor to the consistent all-round brilliance which puts his or her brand above its competitors, taking into account the overall quality of journalism, significant successful editorial developments and initiatives, the relevance of the content to the audience, and the Editor's own knowledge of, involvement in, and influence on,his or her relevant market.

    Our judges will be searching for genuine individual genius, along with assessing the overall performance of the brand during 2016, including audience figures, and achievement within the competitive set.


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  • EVENT OF THE YEAR (BUSINESS MEDIA)

    This award will recognise an outstanding event in Business Media. The event can be an exhibition, awards, festival, or any other type of event at which the publisher brings together its target audience face-to-face. The event can either stem from an existing parent brand or be a wholly stand alone experience. 

    Our judges will primarily be looking for evidence of real innovation and creativity here, along with an event that has proven commercial success, which really engages with the target audience, and which looks to have real legs for some time to come. 

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  • EVENT OF THE YEAR (CONSUMER MEDIA)

    This award will recognise an outstanding event in Consumer Media. The event can be an exhibition, awards, festival, or any other type of event at which the publisher brings together its target audience face-to-face. The event can either stem from an existing parent brand or be a wholly standalone experience.

    Our judges will primarily be looking for evidence of real innovation and creativity here, along with an event that has proven commercial success, which really engages with the target audience, and which looks to have real legs for some time to come.

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  • FRONT COVER OF THE YEAR

    A truly great magazine cover is a wonderful thing to behold, as evidenced by the iconic past winners in this flagship category. Our judges here will therefore be looking for those genuinely brilliant front covers from 2016 that were simply unmissable, and which really captured that magical magazine moment when all the stars suddenly aligned as one. Our judges, who will select the ten covers to go before the public vote, will also be looking for the following more practical elements:

    • A very high standard of imaginative design,photography, and/or illustration

    • How the cover fits in with the overall brand positioning

    • The use of colour, type, and/or logos

    • Cover lines that sell the content in an unbeatable fashion

    • A front cover that presents something totally unexpected to its audience

    • How the cover appeals to both new and core readers

    • A strong sense of personality

    • Supporting sales/readership figures

    • Unique connection with the target audience

    In your 500-word submission you must outline why you think your magazine meets the above criteria and why your chosen front cover deserves to win this fiercely-contested category.

    Please note that the shortlist for this category will be chosen by our panel of expert independent judges, and that this shortlist will then face the public vote to find the overall winner of the PPA Front Cover Of The Year award for 2016.

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  • INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER MEDIA BRAND OF THE YEAR

    In this category, our judges will be looking for a UK consumer media brand of outstanding quality that in 2016 has consolidated its position in global markets and/or successfully expanded its brand into new overseas territories.

    Growth may have been achieved through locally-produced products that relate to an original UK media brand or through licensing deals with international partners. The products entered can be  versions of a printed magazine (where appropriate), apps, digital magazines, or mobile products. They must, however, stem from a magazine brand that first originated in the UK.

    Judges will be looking for proof of editorial and creative excellence, and a clear understanding and appreciation of the audiences in the various markets in which the brand now has a presence.

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  • PUBLISHING INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
    (ANNUAL TURNOVER UNDER £10M)

    This award is for an individual within a smaller company (turnover of under £10m) who has most clearly demonstrated all-round excellence in achieving outstanding success for his/her product, brand, or company in 2016. Entries should show clear evidence of a deep knowledge of the relevant market and a clear understanding of the needs of the target audience, together with evidence of real creativity and innovation in making the very best use of limited resources within a smaller company environment.

    Please note that this category is open to individuals within both Consumer Magazine and Business Media companies.

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  • SPECIALIST CONSUMER MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

    For the purpose of this award, a specialist consumer magazine is one which by the title or description addresses a specific consumer leisure interest (including food, health, sport, hobbies, homes, interiors, and travel) or publishes within a specific sector, such as children's magazines or partworks. As with the Consumer Magazine of the Year award, the winning specialist magazine will demonstrate outstanding editorial and design, a sure understanding of the needs of its audience, as well as sound commercial results.

    Creativity,innovation, and sheer magazine magic are the key ingredients for winning the PPA Specialist Consumer Magazine of the Year Award.

    Please note that a magazine may be entered in EITHER Consumer Magazine of the Year OR Specialist Consumer Magazine of the Year, but not both.

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  • TEAM LEADER OF THE YEAR
    (BUSINESS & CONSUMER MEDIA)

    This award is for the team leader, publisher, or manager who has most clearly demonstrated true leadership, innovation, and all-round excellence in achieving outstanding success within Consumer or Business Media in 2016. Our judges will take into account the personal contribution of the leader to the overall vision and consistent all-round quality which has clearly put the team/brand above its competitors. Entries should show clear evidence of the individual's knowledge of the market, and his/her understanding of the needs of the relevant audience.

    While our judges will give consideration to the overall performance of the product or brand during 2016, the focus will very much be on the leadership given by the individual concerned. 

    Any individual may enter this category once only.


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  • THE PPA GREAT LEAP FORWARD AWARD

    This award celebrates and rewards true daring, radical innovation, and outstanding creativity in any area of your company's business. This could be a complete shift in your company culture, the launch of a brand new product or brand new business model for an existing product, a public campaign that really shifted the needle, a new focus on diversity and talent, anything really that you look back on with great pride and as the one thing that you would cite as your really Great Leap Forward in 2016. Our judges will take into account the commercial success that has come about as a result of this, but the emphasis here will be on the radical thinking and dramatic action that has really made people sit up and look at your business in a different way as a result of this Great Leap Forward over the last 12 months.

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  • WRITER OF THE YEAR (BUSINESS MEDIA)

    This award recognises real excellence in style and content from Business Media writers in print and/or online. Whatever the channel, our judges will be looking for writing of the highest quality in a style appropriate to the relevant audience. The winning entry will show evidence of the writer's brilliance, originality, and flair, together with his or her ability to truly captivate target readers.

    Please note that no more than three writers may be entered from any one publication/brand.

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  • WRITER OF THE YEAR (CONSUMER MEDIA)

    This award recognises real excellence in style and content from consumer magazine writers in print and/or online. Whatever the channel, our judges will be looking for writing of the highest quality in a style appropriate to the relevant audience. The winning entry will show evidence of the writer's brilliance, originality, and flair, together with his or her ability to truly captivate target readers.

    Please note that no more than three writers may be entered from any one publication/brand.

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ENTRY PRICES

PPA Member: £105.00 +VAT 

PPA Independent Publisher Member: £75.00 +VAT 

Non-Member: £210.00 +VAT

Eligibility period: 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016 

*Please note the above entry prices are per category*