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APPA Awards

The APPA Awards recognise outstanding contributions by businesses and individuals who are making positive changes towards a more progressive and sustainable promotional products industry.

The 2024 APPA Australian and New Zealand combined Industry Awards for promotional products recognises the contribution by APPA members for their outstanding use of promotional products in business and marketing programs.

Entries are NOW OPEN for the 2024 APPA Awards.

The award categories for the 2024 season are outlined below. Please refer to the APPA Awards 2024 Entry Guidelines for details on the criteria to be addressed for each category and the eligibility dates.

Submission based entries are to be entered online via our Awards Entry Portal.

Nominations for the Best Supplier and Best Decorator popular vote categories are being accepted using our online Nomination Form.


Distributor Award Categories (submission based entries)

  • Business to Business
    Showcasing a product that was integral to a B2B campaign objective could be, but isn’t limited to introducing products, services or facilities, increase or convert sales leads, increasing brand awareness, increasing web traffic.  This type of activity should be measurable but does not need to be revenue specific and should include a quantifiable audience, element of participation, or another metric.
  • Promotional Product Innovation and Design
    Celebrating innovation and creative development of promotional products or designs for use within a promotional product program or campaign. The innovation/creativity /design must be predominantly developed by the APPA member. This can be in response to a brief or generated by the APPA member for the client.
  • Sustainable Initiative
    Celebrating marketing campaigns and initiatives that incorporate sustainable or environmentally conscious products.  This category seeks to highlight initiatives and products that reinforce environmental messages or demonstrate improved environmental awareness or measures of waste reduction.  Please note that all entries must be compliant with ACCC or CCNZ guidelines, and entrants must be able to substantiate any claims made in the submission. 
  • Event Merchandise
    Showcasing the most outstanding event merchandise program. This category demonstrates the highest outcome achievable in brand messaging through the use of unique and quality merchandise, together with onsite event marketing initiatives.

Supplier Award Categories (submission based entries)

  • Product Innovation Award
    Showcasing an innovative and original new promotional product that has been introduced to your range.  This product could be an exciting new product that is first to market, features superior design, caters to a specific demographic, is a trend setting new concept, uses unique sustainable materials, or a locally sourced alternative to an imported product.

Supplier and Decorator Award Categories (voted by distributors)

  • Best Supplier
    Voted by distributors, this award celebrates the supplier who is leading the industry. The following attributes should be considered: product range, communication, customer service, problem resolution, product quality, creativity, website functionality, marketing support, response times to briefs, delivery times, decorating and packaging.
  • Best Decorator (open to decorators only, not supplier decorators)
    Voted by distributors, this award highlights the best decoration provider in the industry. This category is open only to businesses whose entire operation is decoration. The following attributes should be considered: customer service, branding capability, decoration quality, creativity, and response time to enquiries.

Individual Award Categories (submission based entries)

  • Young Achiever
    This award celebrates and recognises the future of our industry acknowledging exceptional young achievers. Entrants for this category may self-nominate or be nominated by a peer. 

    To be eligible, nominees must be up to the age of 35 as at 31 March 2024, and have a minimum of 2 years’ service in the promotional industry and with a clear affiliation with APPA.