The UK Awards Process
Entrants, where their product(s), business or blog meets the eligibility criteria, are permitted to enter up to 5 times in total. They can enter more than once in the same category (e.g. for multiple products) or across multiple categories.
Entry to the Awards is between 30th April and 31st May 2017 only.
***ENTRIES NOW CLOSED FOR UK PALEO AWARDS 2017***
After the closing date for entries, the judging panel will shortlist each category down to 7 finalists (where over 7 entries are received in any category).
Those on the shortlist will be informed via email. Those who make food or drink products or publish books will be asked to supply samples of their products for judging.
A shortlist for each category will be published on the website, from where the public can then vote for your shortlisted favourites in most* categories.
Voting and judging
The next part of the Awards process becomes a bit ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ – an equal combination of public votes and judges scores will determine the winner and runner-up in most* categories. This is to protect the smaller producers who may not have the largest audiences but may have the best product.
The public vote will be open from 30th June to 30th September and anyone can vote on any, or all categories on this website. One vote per category, for any or all 16 categories, is allowed per registered email address.
During the voting window, our team of judges will be reviewing, testing, sampling and scoring the shortlisted entrants in most* categories.
For food and drink product entries:
Each product will be tested blind, without knowledge of the brand. Scores will be awarded for taste, texture, how ‘paleo’ it is, originality and nutritional profile.
The brand will then be revealed and additional marks will be given for overall packaging, clarity of marketing, shelf appeal and price point.
It is the responsibility of shortlisted nominees to ensure enough of their product is supplied for tasting to be carried out effectively.
For non-product categories:
Entrants will be judged on set criteria. Those criteria will vary per category. For example, blogger categories will be judged on a number of criteria, including: online reach, how paleo the blog is, uniqueness, overall appeal.
A selection of comments gleaned from Judges on the products awarded runner-up and winner will be shared online. Comments for entrants that do not win are available upon request.
And the winners are …
Once voting and judging closes, the number of votes (turned into a percentage of total votes per category) and judges score will be added together with equal weighting. This final score will determine our winner and runner up product, business or blogger for each category.
In the event of a tie, both will be declared joint winners or joint runner-up.
The winners and runners-up will be announced online and they will receive email confirmation also. They will be provided with creatives for us on their website, packaging and other marketing collateral.
The winner will also receive a trophy/award through the post.
Judging and objectivity
Every effort will be taken to ensure objectivity with the UK Paleo Awards process. Wherever feasible, judges will only judge categories where they have no, or only limited, connection with any of the entrants and different judges will be used for different categories accordingly.
If a judge has entered a category or categories within the Awards, they will not be allowed to be a judge for that category.
These awards will be transparent and carried out as objectively as possible (otherwise, frankly, what is the point!). These UK Paleo Awards are about celebrating the best there is in the Paleo world, not back-slapping friends and acquaintances.
*No Public Vote will be available for the following category:
Award for Outstanding Contribution to the UK Paleo Community
A judging panel will decide on the shortlist and a winner chosen from that shortlist: their decision is final.
*Categories where only a public vote will be held, no judging:
Paleo-friendly Restaurant/Café/Delivery Service of the year
International Paleo Blogger of the year
The most votes received will determine the winner of these categories.