The 10 awards, to be presented in five weeks’ time, have drawn a strong field of finalists from the record number of organisations that entered.
The delay in being able to run an in-person awards night in 2020 allowed the organisers to extend the entry period, which helped pull in some excellent entries from across the sector.
Freeman general manager Irwin Munro says the scale and scope of this year’s entries has made the judging process very challenging.
“We have an outstanding judging panel who carefully assess entries against the awards’ criteria, factoring in the scale, scope and impact of entries independent of the size of the submitting organisation,” Munro says.
It is also clear the sector is keen to get together to learn, network and celebrate. More than 500 tickets have now been sold and are tracking to reach 600-plus.