Tips for Entering

Editor of Farmers Guardian Ben Briggs looks at how you can make the most of your award entry.

Entering and writing an award entry can seem a daunting task so just where do you start, and what do you need to include?

1. Straightforward entry form

We have made the entry forms as straightforward as we can. There are just a few questions and a word limit to stick to, but you can send us pictures and/or videos to back up your entry. All entries are completely free.

2. Getting started is easy

Have a look at the categories and choose which of them you would like to enter. You can enter more than one category, but you will need to complete an entry form for each one.

3. Register

After deciding which category you would like to enter, register on the website and you will get access to the entry questions. When you register you can go back and fill in the entry form at any time. If you are not online, you can call Sarah Murray, Senior Event Marketing Executive on 01772 799423 to ask for an entry form or additional help with your entry.

4. Entering is easy

Break down what the category is asking for and make sure you answer every question fully. As one awards expert told us, ‘do not waste your time trying to impress without looking at the criteria’.

5. Think about how you would tell someone your story

You can make entering easier by thinking about the story you would tell someone who you had just met about what you have done. How would you describe what it is, what it does and its benefits? We want to know the background, the thinking, the process, the execution and the results.

6. Back up your story with evidence

It is also useful to back up your story with evidence – our judges all sign up to absolute confidentiality, so the more numbers, facts and proof of the success of what you are doing, the more likely you are to grab their attention. If you make a claim, back it up with numbers where you can.

7. We’re looking for innovation

We know agriculture faces a great number of challenges, and many of them can be addressed by innovation. We are looking for evidence of projects, businesses and people who have found new and better ways of getting things done.

8. Tell us what you do different

Tell us what is different about what you do, and bear in mind it is not necessarily about how big the project is, but the judges will want to know it is delivering successfully.

“To be nominated for this award was a great thing, to be a finalist was awesome, to win it is unbelievable really.”

Steven Holmes, 2018 Diversification Innovator of the Year (Small to Medium), Farmyard Ales, Moss Edge Farm, Lancashire

“I’m over the moon. It’s a brilliant industry to get into, it’s diverse and every day is different. You’ve got to work hard, put the hours in, but the reward comes in the end.”

Rhidian Glyn, 2018 New Entrant Award: Against the Odds, Rhiwgriafol, R. & E. Glyn, Powys

“Winning was the biggest surprise – ever!   lots of people supported me on the night as the venue was so close for us. Walking up to the stage was something I will never forget. ”

Sam Jones, 2018 Sheep Innovator of the Year, Brookhouse Farm, E. Jones & Son, Worcestershire

“Just to be a finalist and sat there in this room full of such inspirational people was enough, to win was just something else!”

Kathryn Mitchell, 2018 Diversification Innovator of the Year (large), The Lambing Shed Farm Shop, Moseley Hall Farm, Cheshire