|Welcome to the NewBay Media Best of Show Awards at NAB Show
|Information Page and FAQ|
NewBay Media proudly invites nominations for the fifth annual Best of Show Awards, intended to honor – and help you promote – outstanding new products exhibited at the 2018 spring NAB Show. And for the second year, you can also now nominate your company in the category of Booth Design Award (see blue box below).
Each year hundreds of new products are submitted by convention exhibitors, many of whom tell us they like the fact that the program allows vendors to tell our judges exactly which products they want to be considered, and why, from among thousands on display at NAB. Your full page in our post-show Program Guide alone is worth the cost of nomination.
Awards for products will be given by NewBay Media publications TV Technology, Digital Video, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio magazine, Radio World, Pro Sound News and Sound & Video Contractor.
You may submit a product for consideration by one or more of these publications, and you may submit multiple products. Awards for Booth Design will be given by NewBay at large.
Nominate your product or booth here! Due date and entry fee information are listed below.
What are the Best of Show Awards?
The program recognizes outstanding products exhibited at the spring NAB Show that are new since the prior NAB Show. Winners are selected by panels of professional users and editors based on descriptions provided by you via the nomination form as well as on judges’ inspection at the convention. You can also nominate your company for best Booth Design.
Who can enter?
Any company that exhibits a new product on the exhibit floor of the NAB Show may nominate a product. Products need not be shipping but must be shown publicly. If a product was shown in the same form at last year’s convention it is not eligible. Judges have discretion in determining whether a product is new. Any exhibitor may nominate a booth design.
Why should I enter?
Thousands of new products are introduced at the NAB Show each year. Help make yours stand out. Further, every product and booth nominated, whether chosen for an award or not, will be featured in the special Best of Show Program Guide, to be distributed in eBook digital form after the convention to more than 100,000 NewBay publication readers.
When are entries due?
Friday March 23, 2018. We reserve the right to consider late applicants as circumstances dictate. Please note that on-site nominations are not accepted.
(To view the 2017 Program Guide, click here.)
How much does it cost to enter?
$595 per product nominated, for consideration by your chosen NewBay magazine. You may submit a given product to multiple magazines, at $595 each. The fee for booth nomination is the same, $595.
What if I wish my product to be considered by multiple publications?
Just nominate the product for each by checking the appropriate box(es) on the product’s form; so for example, if Jones Smith Manufacturing wishes to nominate a new product for consideration by three magazines, the nomination price is $1,785 ($595 x 3). The entry form will guide you.
May I enter more than one product?
Yes. There is no limit to the number of products you may nominate. Each requires a nomination form and entry fee(s).
How are the nominees evaluated?
A panel of judges and editors, chosen in advance by the editors of our publications, will review nominations and choose the winners.
Does a product have to be brand new, introduced at this show, to be considered?
It should be new since last NAB. A product need not be introduced literally at this show; you might for instance have shown a product some months prior at AES or IBC. Judges are instructed to consider if it’s “new to the NAB Show.”
Judges also have discretion in determining whether a product is new, and in general, we lean toward including, not rejecting. But if a product was shown in the same form at last year’s convention it is not eligible. (If you showed it last NAB in preview form, it may raise questions for judges; include an explanation in your nomination; for instance, “We showed this in beta last year but did not nominate it, and now it is shipping.” Of course, if you nominated it last year, it’s hard to make the case it’s new.)
Is my information confidential?
Yes. It will not be published prior to the convention or shared with anyone beyond the judges or editors.
I want to nominate my product but I don’t have a publication-ready photograph yet.
It’s best to provide an image with your nomination, though not mandatory. If your product is software, perhaps use a photo of a staff member in front of a computer screen using the product, or do a screen grab, or show product packaging or product logo(s). If you can’t provide a photo, just remember to send us one in time for your product’s page in the post-convention Program Guide, which is included in your nomination fee.
Do I need to provide a booth image for the Booth Design Award consideration?
Again, it’s best but not mandatory. Just remember to send us a photo in time for the post-convention Program Guide.
How do I pay?
Click here to nominate a product and pay by credit card.
When will you announce winners?
Prior to the conclusion of the NAB Show.
What do I get if I win?
Winners receive an award for display, and winners will be reported in NewBay Media publications TV Technology, Digital Video, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio magazine, Radio World, Pro Sound News and Sound & Video Contractor. All nominated products and booths will be featured in the special Best of Show Awards Program Guide, to be distributed in digital edition form to thousands of readers of those publications after the convention.
How can I maximize my chances? How can I get the most out of my page in the Program Guide?
Remember that the text and image you provide here will be seen by the judges and also published in the Program Guide. DO prepare carefully. DO provide a good product photo. DO use the full word count. DON’T provide just a few sentences and a Web link, or just a list of specifications; DO explain your product to the judges and the public; what makes it unique? DON’T provide complex images like flow charts (they do not reproduce well when they must run small on a single page). DON’T refer to the show in the future tense like “We will show this at NAB,” because the public will see this text AFTER the show. DON’T jam multiple products into one nomination; if you are nominating a family of products, DO make the association among products clear. Thanks and good luck!
Are there other rules?
Yes, click here.
What if I have a question about the form?
Email Paul McLane at email@example.com.
Nominate your product here!