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The hitched.co.uk Breathrough Awards 2011

About the Awards

The Hitched Breakthrough Awards are free to enter. It is an award scheme that recognises the creativity and talent of newcomers to the wedding market using expert judges and a transparent voting system to identify the best new work in the industry.

How it Works:

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13JUNE
Entries Open
5SEPT
Judges Shortlist
8OCT
Voting Open
7NOV
Voting Closed
10NOV
Winners Announced

Who can Enter?

The Breakthrough Awards are open to any individual who has started work in the wedding industry since June 1st 2011 and is within one of the following wedding categories:

  • Wedding Cake Designers
  • Wedding Photographers
  • Wedding Florists
  • Wedding Hair Stylists
  • Wedding Stationery Designers
  • Honeymoon Resorts & Hotels

How is it Judged?

A judging panel of 6 judges, representing diverse professional backgrounds related to the wedding industry and experts in their own fields, carry out the hitched.co.uk Breakthrough Awards judging process. These judges create the final shortlists for their respective specialist category.

Once the initial shortlist of 10 in each category is choosen by the judges, it's over to the Hitched users to vote for their favourites to become the winners.

Why should I Enter?

Using this award to promote your business will give you another unique advantage in a highly competitive industry. Your customers, peers and competitors will respect and appreciate the effort and skill required to win or be shortlisted in this award scheme. Being a shortlisted finalist or winner will give you the right to use an authorised hitched.co.uk Breakthrough Awards logo on all your marketing collateral.

As hitched.co.uk is the UK's number 1 website in the Lifestyle - Weddings industry according to the latest Experian Hitwise UK Top 10 Awards programme, you will be promoted to your potential customers as a success.

As well as a certificate presented to you at the winners lunch by the managing director of hitched.co.uk, winners will also get a dedicated page on hitched.co.uk.

Meet the Judges

Meet the Judges

A judging panel of 6 judges, representing diverse professional backgrounds related to the wedding industry and experts in their own fields, carry out the hitched.co.uk Breakthrough Awards judging process. These judges create the final shortlists for their respective specialist category. All play a critical role in the success of the Awards.

Judging the Best New Wedding Photographer

Terry Hope

Terry Hope

Editor of Photo Professional Magazine - www.photopromagazine.com

Terry Hope is one of the most experienced photo magazine editors in the business and he oversaw the launch of Photo Professional, then Digital Photo Pro, in 2006, and has since taken it on to become the leading magazine for the photo professional in the UK. He was also one of the original start up team at Bright Publishing the same year, which has now grown into a major force in the world of magazine publishing, and was launch editor of DSLR User Magazine for the company. An award winning journalist, Terry previously edited and contributed to a number of leading photo titles and to the national press, and he's also the author of 14 highly successful photographic books for publishers such as Rotovision and David & Charles.

Judging the Best New Wedding Stationery Designer

Sarah Crosland

Sarah Crosland

Editor of Crafts Beautiful - www.crafts-beautiful.com

Sarah Crosland is a crafter, author and editor of Crafts Beautiful, the UK's leading craft and hobby magazine. Sarah has worked in the craft industry for over 15 years and heads up a team of talented writers and designers whose hard work keeps Crafts Beautiful in its high ranking position. Sarah has also edited two card making books: the best-selling, The Ultimate CardMaker and Celebration Cards both published by David & Charles, plus Salt Dough published by Crowood Press.

Best New Wedding Cake Designer

Jenny Royle

Jenny Royle

Editor of Wedding Cakes magazine - www.squires-shop.com

Jenny Royle has over seven years of experience in the cakes and sugarcraft industry and is the editor of Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine as well as Wedding Cakes, the UK's only quarterly magazine to feature hundreds of new and unseen wedding cakes from the world's most talented cake makers. For 15 years, the magazine has championed the best of contemporary design, as well as being a go-to guide for wedding, cake decorating and sugarcraft tips and techniques from the best names in the industry. Wedding Cakes is an essential reference guide, featuring over 200 inspirational and creative designs in every issue as well as step-by-step cake decorating projects. Both magazines are available from newsagents all over the world and direct from the publishers at www.squires-shop.com.

Judging the Best New Wedding Florist

Simon Stirling

Simon Stirling

Managing Director of Direct2Florist
www.direct2florist.co.uk

Simon Stirling is Managing Director of Direct2Florist, a family business that connects flower and plant buyers directly with local florists around the world. A former florist himself with a passion for helping independent florists to thrive, Simon has also developed a dedicated software system for florists and is regarded as a leading figure in the industry. Simon will be judging the awards along with Austin Clark, an experienced floristry trade journalist and copywriter.

Judging the Best New Wedding Hair Stylist

Sally Styles

Sally Styles

Registrar and CEO of the www.haircouncil.org.uk

Sally Styles is the Registrar and CEO of the Hairdressing Council, the statutory body for hairdressing and barbering. She has worked on regulating the hairdressing industry for 25 years and remains passionate in that role. Sally is the editor of ‘Hairdresser’ magazine which covers a wide range of topics, collections and news from within the industry. She also sits on the National Advisory Committee with City & Guilds. Sally runs the prestigious UK British Hairdressing Student of the Year Awards attracting a large number of colleges, training centres and salons.

Judging the Best New Honeymoon Hotel

Howard Salinger

James Lohan and Tamara Heber-Percy

Co-founders of Mr & Mrs Smith

Mr & Mrs Smith was founded by this husband and wife team more than ten years ago, after a disastrous weekend away. They spotted a gap for a trustworthy independent travel guide, so each took a sabbatical, turned their attention to boutique hotels, and started travelling.

Mr & Mrs Smith looks for places that are small, stylish and memorable and has a collection you would recommend to a good friend, whether they are an inn-with-rooms or a private island retreat. Each hotel is personally visited, and anonymously reviewed, and chosen because it is unique and perfect for couples. Since Mr & Mrs Smith's first (best-selling) guidebook was published in 2003, the travel brand has grown from a labour of love to a global boutique hotel collection. This year, Smith launched a Honeymoons collection and their Little White Book of Honeymoons to help couples find the most unexpected and beautiful places to stay.

Award FAQs

Please consult the FAQs below to answer any queries you may have about this year's hitched.co.uk Breakthrough Awards.

Q. Why is hitched.co.uk running this award scheme?

A. To recognise the creativity and talent of newcomers to the wedding market. Please read "Why should I enter?" to find out more.

Q. Why should I enter?

A. Because you may be recognised as the best new creative talent for 2014.

Q. Does it cost anything to enter?

A. It is free to enter the Breakthrough Awards.

Q. What wedding categories are available for me to enter into?

A. There are six categories that we accept entries into. Only individuals that are working in one of these categories can enter:

  • Wedding Cake Designers
  • Wedding Photographers
  • Wedding Florists
  • Wedding Hair Stylist
  • Wedding Stationery Designers
  • Honeymoon Resorts & Hotels

Q. What is the criteria for Breakthrough Honeymoon Hotels to enter?

A. To qualify as a new hotel you must have been newly built or newly rebranded and refurbished as long as the name of the hotel has changed. The hotel also must have been open to honeymoons within the period since 01 June 2011 and has had at least one paid guest.

Q. Do I need to have been paid for my work?

A. Yes, your first paid work must have been after 01 June 2011.

Q. Can I nominate myself?

A. Yes, the nomination form must be completed by the person being nominated.

Q. We work as a team, can we enter more than one person?

A. No, each entry has to be an individual and only one name can be put forward per entry.

Q. Can more than person enter from the same company?

A. Yes, as long as they are entered as individuals and are eligible they can enter the awards.

Q. Can I be nominated more than once?

A. No, you can only be nominated once.

Q. What size do my three supporting photographs have to be?

A. No more than 10MB for each photo. If you are shortlisted, we may ask you to submit higher res versions of these photos if those in your original entry aren't suitable for the voting stage.

Q. What format do my three supporting photographs need to be in?

A. They can either be in a JPG, GIF or PNG format.

Q. Is there a word limit to my entry on the submission page?

A. Yes, no more than 300 words.

Q. What should my entry focus on?

A. Your professional achievements, an overview of your experience in the profession and an example of a recent campaign you have worked on.

Q. Do I need to submit any personal information?

A. Yes, your name, email address, phone number, employer, website and paid work start date.

Q. Is there a deadline for my entry?

A. Yes, all entries must be submitted by midnight on 05 September 2014. Entries made after this time will not be counted.

Q. Do I get any feedback on my entry?

A. Sorry due to the large numbers of nominations expected we will not be able to give feedback to any non-shortlisted entrant.

Q. Will I receive a receipt for my entry?

A. Yes, you will receive email confirmation of entry.

Q. Who judges the entries?

A. Please click the "Meet the Judges" tab at the top of this page to find out who will be judging each category.

Q. What happens if my entry is shortlisted?

A. You will be notified when the shortlist is published on 8th October 2014.

Q. When does the voting start?

A. Voting starts on 8th October 2014 and ends on 7th November 2014.

Q. Can I vote for myself?

A. No, you cannot vote for yourself.

Q. Who can vote?

A. Anyone can vote via hitched.co.uk

Q. How will I know if I have won?

A. Winners will be notified by the 10th November 2014.

Q. What do I win?

A. Winners from all six categories will be presented with a certificate from the managing director of hitched.co.uk at the winners lunch.

Q. When will I receive my prize?

A. You will receive your prize at a winners lunch on Thursday 20 November 2014.

Q. If I win, will there be any publicity?

A. Yes, the winner of each category will be required to participate in publicity arranged by hitched.co.uk.

Q. Are there any examples of winning entries?

A. The previous winners can be found featured on the following page: Previous Winners.

Terms & Conditions of Entry

  1. The nominee must have started paid work in the UK in the category they are being nominated for between 01 June 2011 and 05 September 2014.
  2. The judges, hitched.co.uk or their appointed agents can ask for proof of paid work being started between these dates.
  3. To qualify as a new hotel you must have been newly built or newly rebranded and refurbished as long as the name of the hotel has changed. The hotel also must have been open to honeymoons within the period since 01 June 2011 and has had at least one paid guest.
  4. The nominee has to be able to provide at least three examples of this paid work in a high resolution JPEG, PNG, GIF format. All images submitted are subject to our content submission terms & conditions.
  5. All shortlisted entries will be required to supply hi-res 300 dpi versions of their submitted images.
  6. All entries must be submitted by the nominee.
  7. The nominee can only be nominated once.
  8. You have to nominate between 13 June 2014 and 05 September 2014, entries made after this time will not be counted.
  9. The awards are open to all UK residents aged 18 or older. International residents are accepted only for the Honeymoon Hotel category.
  10. Employees of hitched.co.uk and their immediate families, agents and affiliates or anyone else connected with the creation and administration of the scheme are not permitted to enter these awards.
  11. Invalid or incomplete entry information may result in your nomination not being included.
  12. By entering yourself or nominating a colleague you are allowing hitched.co.uk to pass your contact details on to the judges and other affiliated organisations involved with the awards scheme. These will not be passed on to any third parties for marketing purposes.
  13. All shortlisted nominees will be notified by 08 October 2014.
  14. In all categories, the judge's decision is final and cannot be disputed.
  15. Voting starts on 08 October 2014 and ends on 07 November 2014, nominees cannot vote for themselves.
  16. The winners will be notified by the 10 November 2014.
  17. If an entrant is notified as a winner and does not acknowledge such notification within 48 hours, hitched.co.uk will be entitled to withdraw that entrant's right to the prize and will select an alternative winner.
  18. The winners from all six categories will be presented with a certificate by the managing director of hitched.co.uk. This is non-transferable, non-negotiable and no cash alternative is available.
  19. The winners presentation will be in London on Thursday 20 November 2014 at a venue to be arranged.
  20. The shortlisted finalists and winners of each category will be required to participate in publicity arranged by hitched.co.uk.
  21. False or misleading information will automatically disqualify you from the awards.
  22. By entering these awards all entrants will be deemed to have accepted, and be bound by, these terms and conditions.
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