The shortlist for the 19th National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) Awards 2022 has been announced following the event’s largest-ever entry levels.

The Annual Convention and Awards Dinner will be held in the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, Bath, on 23 November. There are categories including Best Small Event, Best Event Team, The Sustainability Award and Best Practice Award.

NOEA said the shortlist includes both recognisable individuals and brands in the events industry as well as new and emerging talent from across sporting and music festivals to country show, local authority and cultural events.

NOEA chief executive Susan Tanner said, “This year again saw a massive increase in entries, so we created more categories to recognise the diversity of entries and the different events they presented. This is such a reassuring sign for our industry, that it is creating events of this quality shows confidence as well as excellence.”

Alistair Turner, chair of the judging panel and managing director of EIGHT PR & Marketing, said, “The entries have always grown stronger and stronger, but it really took a jump this year and it was a real challenge to create the shortlist. Within it though we have some incredible events reflecting the expertise, creativity and inspiration that is on show across the industry. It was a pleasure to read them all.”

The full shortlist can be found below:

Best Diversity Equity & Inclusion Initiative

  • Dandelion
  • Pride in London
  • Wasserman

Best Events Team- Event

  • 2000trees festival
  • Black Deer Festival
  • Mid-Somerset Show
  • Exclusive Ballooning
  • Darlington Borough Council Events Team
  • Arniston House Events Team
  • Barnsley Council Arts & Events Team
  • Visit East Yorkshire Events Team

Best Support to the Event Industry Award

  • Laceys Solicitors LLP
  • Cat Kevern, Network of Women in Events (NOWIE)
  • Number 8 events Ltd
  • Event Safety Plan

Caterer of the Year Award

  • Passion & Smoke
  • Pabellon Venezuelan food
  • B’reyt Dough Neapolitan Pizza
  • Mexican Seoul
  • Champagne Fire Truck
  • Craig Wood Catering Best Events Team- Service/Supplier
  • Festivall Services
  • NW Live
  • 20-20 Events Team
  • No 8 Events Ltd
  • Inquest Canine Detection & Security Limited
  • MLD Event Group Ltd
  • Continental Drifts Ltd

Best Practice Award

  • Green Space Dark Skies by Walk the Plank
  • Black Deer Festival
  • Andrew Holly, Exclusive Ballooning
  • Ourea Events
  • Revival Productions LTD

Best Unsung Hero/Heroine Award

  • Sarah Gilbert, 2000trees Festival
  • Nicki Marsden, JPL Racing & Events
  • Ian Harvey, Mid-Somerset Show
  • Evan Morgan, Festivall Services
  • Sarah Belcher, Sarah Belcher Events
  • Karen Lillycrop, Ghostwriter Events
  • Sophie Merivale, Crowded Space Drones
  • Tamsin Preston, Inquest Canine Detection & Security Limited

Best Up and Coming Event Organiser: The One to Watch

  • Alex Chesters, The Outdoor Picture Palace
  • Richard Bate, E-Bike Grand Prix
  • Roddy MacKay, Eilean Dorcha Festival
  • David & Andrew Ure, Fusion Event Group
  • MLD Event Group LTD

Event of the Year Award – Public Sector

  • Outdoor Places Unusual Spaces (OPUS)
  • Lewisham Peoples Day
  • Bournemouth 7s Festival
  • Arniston House & Estate
  • Revival Productions – Classic Ibiza

Event Supplier of the Year – Infrastructure

  • Qdos Event Hire
  • BatFast
  • 2CL Communications Ltd
  • Fineline Lighting Limited
  • Security Scotland Ltd

Event Innovation of the Year Award

  • Devon County Agricultural Association
  • Andrew Holly, Exclusive Ballooning

Event of the Year Award – Private Sector

  • Black Deer Festival
  • Mid-Somerset Show
  • Weston Beach Race
  • Sky Safari
  • Dragon’s Back Race
  • Party at The Palace
  • Frampton Country Fair
  • Glastonbury Abbey

Event Organiser of the Year

  • 2000trees festival
  • Barnsley Council Arts & Events Team
  • Black Deer Festival
  • NW Live
  • Christine Barham, Mid Somerset Show
  • Versatile Venues Limited
  • Glastonbury Abbey
  • Revival Productions for Classic Ibiza

Event Supplier of the Year – Services

  • Cloud One
  • Jimmy Birchmore Events Ltd
  • Controlled Events
  • Exclusive Ballooning
  • Inquest Canine Detection & Security Limited
  • Graham Walton Publishing Ltd
  • IRM Event Security and Medical

Small Event of the Year Award

  • Dadfest
  • Canal Festival at Greenford Quay
  • Moorfields Eye Charity – Eye to Eye 2022
  • Glastonbury Abbey
  • Abergele Golf Club – Iain, Megan and Harri
  • Arniston House Estate

Production Partnership of the Year Award

  • Pearce Hire
  • Revival Productions
  • Redwood Events

The Sustainability Award

  • Green Space Dark Skies
  • Cube Modular Ltd
  • Timber Festival
  • The Green Gathering festival
  • Ourea Events
  • Wasserman
  • Event Wine Solutions