The IABM BaM Awards®
BaM Awards® at NAB Show Las Vegas
Due to the postponement of NAB Show that was announced on Wednesday 11 March, we will not be taking anymore submissions for the BaM Awards® at NAB Show.
When a new date is announced for NAB Show, we will retain all submitted entries and continue the awards process and presentations as previously planned.
If no new date is confirmed for NAB Show then we will roll all entries over into the IBC BaM Awards® and all companies who have submitted entries will be given the opportunity to update/replace their entry or remove it if they wish to do so.
Any companies who have paid for an entry are entitled to request a refund and their entry will be withdrawn. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a refund, withdraw your entry or if you have any queries.
Breaking away from outdated, hardware-centric industry models, the BaM Awards® categories are based on IABM’s industry model, the BaM Content Chain®: from Creator to Consumer. The BaM™ Content Chain describes the industry in the same way that broadcast and media companies themselves think, using the same terminology.
Encouraging innovation for more than 25 years
The Broadcast and Media awards (BaMs™) are presented at NAB Show Las Vegas and IBC in Amsterdam to recognize outstanding technological innovations that deliver real business and creative benefits.
The BaMs™ are awarded to innovations in nine categories that accurately model the structure of the industry today, with one additional tenth category for alternative projects, events or service. All the winners are automatically shortlisted for the IABM Peter Wayne Golden BaM Award, with the overall winner receiving this ultimate industry accolade.
Submissions for the BaMs™ are open to every company that has launched a new product or service within 12 months of NAB Show Las Vegas or IBC respectively. Judging is carried out by a panel of 40 non-affiliated, expert judges, making the BaMs™ the only truly independent technology awards in the industry, and a genuinely valuable accolade for the winners that delivers industry-wide recognition and reward.
IABM Platinum and Gold members are entitled to two complimentary BaM Awards® entries each year; Start-Up, Silver and Silver 100+ members one complimentary entry per year so if you have already used a complimentary entry at the NAB Show BaM Awards then you will need to purchase a member chargeable. ***(please note, eligibility will be checked before your entry is accepted).***
For any additional entries, IABM members will pay £195/€235/$300 (plus VAT where applicable) per entry.
Non IABM Member entry is charged at £295/€350/$450 (plus VAT where applicable) per entry.
Tips and hints
Useful entry and category guidelines are available here.
IABM On-Demand Webinar - Tips to give you the best chance of winning a BaM Award® - View online here.
Download and view an example entry showing the required fields here.
Fields required on the application form:
- Product Name/Submission Title
- Where will your entry be seen at the event? (Exhibition booth number, partner booth, suite, meeting room etc)
- Launch Date (must be within 12 months of the show either before or after)
- Brief Summary (75 words)
- Describe the function of your product/services USP in one sentence (60 words)
- Detailed Summary (300 words)
- If this is not a new product/service then what is new with it in the last 12 months?
- Tell us why your product/service should win? (300 words)
- Is your product embargoed?
- Select your entry type
- Is this work all your own or shared?
The BaM Awards® are...
Run by the industry’s only international trade association
Judged by a panel of 40+ non-affiliated, subject experts
Open to everyone exhibiting at NAB Show Las Vegas & IBC
Recognize innovations that deliver real business and creative benefits
Built on the BaM Content Chain® industry model
Worldwide recognition of your innovation and hard work
Applicable for projects, events, team collaborative efforts, products, systems or services not covered by the above nine categories
What happens if NAB is cancelled or postponed
In the event that NAB show does not go ahead when planned we will give all award entry applicants the option to either roll their entry over to IBC or to have a full refund.
How much does it cost to enter?
IABM Platinum and Gold members are entitled to two complimentary BaM Awards® entries each year; Start-Up, Silver and Silver 100+ members one complimentary entry per year.
For any additional entries, IABM members will pay £195/€235/$300 (plus VAT where applicable) per product.
Non IABM Member entry is charged at £295/€350/$450 (plus VAT where applicable) per product.
Who can enter?
Submissions for the BaM Awards® are open to every company (whether an IABM member or not) that has launched a new product or service within 12 months of NAB Show Las Vegas or IBC; the nominated product must be available to view during the relevant show.
What makes the IABM awards different?
The IABM BaM Awards® recognize outstanding technological innovations that deliver real business and creative benefits. The BaMs® are the only truly independent technology awards in the industry, and are widely recognized as the gold standard for rewarding broadcast and media innovation.
How many categories can you enter?
You must chose one category from the list above at the start of your entry.
How are the awards judged?
Judging is carried out by a panel of 40 independent, expert judges who represent every element of the broadcast & media eco system.
My entry is confidential, is that a problem?
No, if you don't want the product name to be announced then simply tick the "this product is embargoed" box during submission and we will only announce the company name if you are shortlisted (the winning product/service will be announced at the awards presentation). However, only the name and one line descriptions of shortlisted entries are published prior to the opening of NAB Show/IBC in our BaM Awards shortlist press release – usually around two weeks in advance. You will naturally gain better publicity for your new product if you allow us to publish these basic details in advance.
How can you maximize your chances of winning?
The entry form has been designed with our judges in mind, we have worked with them to ensure that the descriptions and details of your product are as easy as possible for them to judge. We would advise against using 'marketing speak' in your entry and avoid replicating a press release. Focus on the key USP's and put yourself in the shoes of the judges, what will they want to know to make a decision?
Click here to view a sample entry from one of our winners at NAB Show 2019 (please note, product and company names have been removed).
When will the awards be announced?
The shortlist will be announced approx 2 weeks prior to the show with the winners for each awards announced at the BaM Awards® Party at NAB Show Las Vegas and IBC.