About the AVIAs

Due to the disruption to the AV industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 awards have been cancelled

Please check back here for more information about the 2021 awards

Project Eligibility

The nominated project must have been substantially completed in the calendar years 2019-2020. It must either be located in the Australia/ New Zealand/ Asia Pacific region, or have been primarily the concept of an organisation or individual based in the region. All project stakeholders must approve the proposal for an award.

Who will judge the entries?

The independent judging panel for 2019 was composed of seven, seasoned industry professionals nominated by AVIXA and the AETM; together with two representatives from the live production industry. The panel for 2021 will be composed of similarly-qualified industry professionals. (More details about the 2019 panel)
The entire panel will assess every entry in all categories, (unless disqualified from that category for potential conflict of interest). Independent consultant Andy Ciddor of The Kilowatt Company will act as a non-voting facilitator.

What the judges will look for

Innovation in problem solving and excellence in execution.
Unique and groundbreaking approaches to tough or complex problems.
It will meet the client’s brief, exceed their expectations and set an example for the rest of the industry to aspire to.

Who can enter?

Entry is open to any organisation or individual involved in the AV industry. This includes, but is not limited to, consultants, integrators, AV departments, production companies, designers, and manufacturers of products used in AV.

What’s in it for me?

An AVIAs entry will raise the profile of your project and your organisation.  In addition to the warm glow of knowing you’ve done well, the AVIAs are heavily publicised within the AV industry through AV Asia Pacific magazine, and the mailouts and web sites of the collaborating organisations: AVIXA, AETM and the Integrate Show. The list of category finalists and their projects is widely circulated, with many finalists, and each of the winners, being promoted through feature articles in AV Asia Pacific and its associated web sites and email news bulletins. The AVIAs will be presented in front of a big AV industry audience at the Integrate Show, following on from the AVIXA Oceania  awards presentation.

How do I enter?

Download the entry form from this web site, when it becomes available, and submit your entry package by  an electronic format (e.g. MS Word file for the entry form, PDF for plans, and JPEG, TIFF or PNG for images). Entry is free.

Entries must include:

  1.   A completed and approved entry form.
  2.   High-resolution images of the job and examples of the work done (300dpi and about A5 sized or better. Make sure you have permission to use the photos). We will be publicising the finalist’s entries in AV Asia Pacific magazine, on the AVIA web site, and at the AVIA Presentation at the Integrate 2021 show in Melbourne.
  3.   Graphic material and/or supporting documentation that might assist the judges to asses the quality and innovation of the project or product. This may include images, video, audio, diagrams and plans. (Banknotes, Bitcoins and iTunes vouchers do not fall into this category)


A project may be entered in just one category.
The panel may adjudicate on the appropriate category for any entry.
The panel may elect not to make an award in every category or to combine categories, even if a shortlist of finalists has been announced for that category.

Exceptional Innovation in AV

Rather than accepting entries directly into a separate Innovation category, the judging panel considers all entries as candidates for the Exceptional Innovation in AV award, judging them against important industry criteria. They will be looking for innovation in areas including, Green AV, Net-centric AV and AV/IT convergence.

Best Application of AV in a Commercial or Government Installation

This category gives all consultants, installers and integrators the chance to show their wares.
The install that best meets the unique demands of the project will win.
It doesn’t need to be the most glamorous or highest profile project going, but it must be executed to an exemplary standard and go beyond the client’s expectations.

Best Application of AV in an Exhibition or Display

This category places the exhibition, trade show, museum, gallery and display specialists in the spotlight.
Outstanding projects in this category will not only engage and amuse or inform their audiences, they will address the client’s needs for conservation, maintainability, sustainability and longevity.

Best Application of AV in Digital Signage

To recognise the development of digital signage as a technology and art form  in its own right, this category has recently been introduced. The judges will be looking for both excellence and innovation in the design, operation, flexibility and sustainability of a digital signage project.

Best Application of AV in a Production

This category is for the best that AV production has to offer, whether that be for product launches, corporate events, son et lumières, theatrical and concert productions, made-for-TV spectaculars, one-off events, etc. The winners won’t necessarily be the most lavish shows, but they will be the most elegantly conceived and flawlessly executed productions of the year.

Best Application of AV in Education

Education continues to push at the boundaries of what’s possible with audiovisual technologies.
This category is for the best conceived, best executed, and most innovative audiovisual projects and installations in the education sector.


Each category is further divided into two budget ranges: projects with a budget under $500,000, and projects with a budget exceeding $500,000. Awards may not necessarily be made in every budget range for every category.

See who was on the 2019 AVIAs panel.

Enquiries about project eligibility and the requirements on the the entry form, should be directed to the AVIAs  Administrator, Andy Ciddor andy@avias.com.au.

The AVIAs are sponsored by AV Asia Pacific magazine in participation with:

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