Online voting for the UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2019 is now open, which provides an opportunity for consumers to select their favourite new outdoor products. Votes can be placed via theoia.co.uk/awards/.
Not only can outdoor enthusiasts vote for their favourite finalists online, but they will also be able to vote in person and see the products at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show in February (19th - 24th), where the finalist products from all ten categories will be on display to almost 100,000 visitors at the NEC in Birmingham.
This is the final stage of the awards process, following over 90 entries being received across ten categories. All products entered were on display and shortlisted by a panel of expert judges (including specialist outdoor retailers, journalists and gear testers) in July 2018 at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS), the UK's largest outdoor trade exhibition.
The 2019 judging panel includes the following retailers, journalists and gear testers; Steven Reynolds (International Manager, Alpine Trek), Jamie Shepherd (General Manager, Gaynor Sports), Paul Casey (Managing Director, Hooked On Granite Ltd. T/A Joe Brown Shops and The Climbers Shop), Chris Townsend (Gear Tester, TGO), Rob Ganley (Editor, The Camping & Caravanning Club), Will Renwick (Editor, Outdoors Magic).
Online voting will remain open until the 28th February, and the winners of each category will be officially announced at the Outdoor Industries Association's (OIA) annual Conference & AGM on 13th - 14th March 2019, taking place at Shrigley Hall in Cheshire. After the awards ceremony, news of the winners will be shared via various media publications for both the consumer and the industry.
For further information about the awards, please visit theoia.co.uk/awards/