How to enter for an AHI Award
The Awards cover eight different categories. You can enter projects in the first six categories using the entry form. You can also download the appropriate form to nominate people for a Young Interpreter or Outstanding Contribution to Interpretation Award.
Entering your project for an award? Please read the category descriptions below and choose the most appropriate category for your project or event.
- If your project could fit into more than one category, please pick the most relevant one e.g. if your project takes place both indoors and outdoors, think about where the main part of the experience happens and choose that category.
- Don’t worry if you’re not sure you’ve picked the right category! The Awards judging panel will make the final call to make sure your project is judged fairly against similar ones (and they will let you know if they move it).
- To be eligible, projects or events must have launched to the public in Britain or Ireland between 5th April 2021 and 11th April 2023.
- Entry has now closed. However, nominations for the Young Interpreter and Outstanding Contribution to Interpretation awards are being accepted until Thursday, 31 August 2023.
Young Interpreter (free to enter)
To sponsor this category please contact: email@example.com
We are looking for inspirational individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 who are at the beginning of their interpretation and visitor engagement career. We would like to recognise young people who have been actively involved in or have led a project that has helped to engage people with our heritage, nature, culture or science.
Outstanding Contribution to Interpretation (free to enter)
Sponsored by AHI
We wish to celebrate individuals who have made an impact in our sector. They may have affected the way we think about, develop, deliver and evaluate interpretation and visitor engagement; conceived and delivered a piece of ground-breaking interpretive or visitor engagement work; and/or consistently demonstrated and shared best practice in the sector over a number of years.
Sponsored by Fraser Randall
This category is for permanent or semi-permanent indoor projects that engage people inside, and provide interpretive visitor experiences in heritage, nature, culture or science. Projects can be physical and/or digital indoor experiences and may be part of a wider visitor experience.
Sponsored by NovaDura
This category is for permanent or semi-permanent outdoor projects that engage people outside, and provide interpretive visitor experience in heritage, nature, culture or science. Projects can be physical and/or digital outdoor experiences and may be part of a wider visitor experience.
Temporary Events or Activities
Sponsored by BeWunder
This category is for time-limited events or activities that engage people with heritage, nature, culture or science. These can include pop-up exhibitions, festivals, costumed interpretation, guided walks, family activities, theatrical experiences, performances, short films, musical performances, dance, light shows.
Online & Remote Engagement
This category is for projects and activities that take place entirely online to engage people remotely with heritage, nature, culture or science. Any type of digital or virtual experience is welcomed as long as the remote engagement is fundamental to your project or activity. Please consider other categories if you are entering a project or activity that includes but does not rely on digital or online engagement or offers onsite digital experiences.
Sponsored by Tandem Design
This category is for projects where the community takes the lead, or where organisations work in equal partnership with their communities, to engage people in heritage, nature, culture or science. We are looking for projects where community groups or organisations are directly involved in planning and delivering experiences for local people and/or visitors.
These experiences can be temporary or permanent, on or off site, indoors, outdoors or online and communities may be defined by geography, special interest or shared experience.
Calling Out Climate Change
Sponsored by The Way Design
This special category is for projects that engage audiences to highlight the impacts, challenges and opportunities of climate change for nature, culture, heritage or science. We are looking for projects that inspire people to think about the consequences of their personal choices and to take action that makes positive sustainable changes. Projects may be temporary or permanent, on or off site, indoors, outdoors or online.
Award for Excellence
Sponsored by AHI
This award, chosen by the judging panel, is given to the most inspiring, innovative and inclusive project from among the category winners. The overall winner will be the very best of the best new projects successfully and effectively engaging people with our heritage, nature, culture or science, and will also be taking positive action towards diversity and climate sustainability.