HELP & FAQs

IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES I CAN SUBMIT?

No, we even have a multiple-entry offer for you to benefit from!

You can submit one campaign or piece of work into multiple categories, or multiple campaigns or pieces of work into one category!

All entries must be submitted on separate entry forms and remember to tailor your entry for the chosen category.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER AND WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?

All entries made before 23:59 on Thursday 5th September 2025 will be charged an early bird administration fee of £215 plus VAT per entry which must be paid when submitting your entry or entries.

Entries submitted after the early bird close will be charged the standard administration fee of £275 + VAT, with the deadline for submissions being Thursday 19th September 2025.

Entries submitted after Thursday 19th September 2025 will be charged an administration fee of £355 + VAT and must be submitted by the extended deadline of 23:59, Thursday 29th September 2025.

WHERE WILL THE AWARDS TAKE PLACE?

The awards will take place at a gala dinner and awards ceremony in Dubai on Wednesday 27th November 2024.

HOW DO I ENTER?

Download your entry form, complete all questions and upload (as a PDF or word document) using the easy to use, secure online entry portal here.

Remember when submitting multiple entries, each entry requires an individual entry form with the correct category information and results relating to the category in question.

IS THERE A WORD LIMIT?

The word limit for entries is 1,000 words.

Please be concise and focused in your responses to maximise your entry's impact within the allowed word limit.

The word count does not include the company information at the beginning of the form, or the questions that entrants are required to answer.

DO NOT EXCEED THE WORD LIMIT as you may be penalised/marked down by the judges who believe in fairness and a level playfield.

WHAT SUPPORTING MATERIALS CAN I PROVIDE?

Supporting materials can include:

-links to websites, videos and social media

-client testimonials

-images, infographics and screen grabs

All materials must be provided in word, PDF or JPEG formats. Zip files and videos themselves cannot be accepted.

IS THERE A FILE UPLOAD LIMIT?

All files must not exceed 2MB each.

You can upload up to three supporting documents along with your entry form.

NEED ADVICE?

If you need further help or advice, please contact the team awards@dontpanicprojects.com or call +44 (0) 1706 828 855

WHO CAN ENTER?

The Awards and judges’ welcome entries from individuals, teams, and agencies large and small.

Categories are divided into small, medium and large to ensure a fair competition.

WHO IS JUDGING THE AWARDS?

The awards are judged by a panel of respected industry leaders and experts.

The judging process includes pre-scoring to establish the shortlist, and panel meetings where entries are discussed and evaluated to decide on the winning entries in each category.

HOW SHOULD BUDGET INFORMATION BE PROVIDED?

When submitting your entry, it is essential to provide real numbers rather than percentages for budget management.

This requirement is detailed on the entry form. Judges need to see actual figures to fully understand how the budget was managed.

We understand that sharing full budget details might not be feasible for all entrants due to various reasons.

If you are unable to provide exact numbers, you may use budget brackets such as ‘between 0-50k’ or ‘55-100k’ as an alternative. This approach is significantly more informative than using percentages alone and helps judges make more accurate assessments.

ARE THERE ANY ENTRY OFFERS I CAN USE?

Multiple Entry Offer: Submit 5 entries and receive an additional free entry. To claim your offer all 6 entries must be submitted in one session and your discount will automatically be applied at checkout.

AM I A SMALL OR LARGE CATEGORY ENTRANT?

Large and small is based on the number of overall employees in the agency/company who is submitting the entry, and not the number of employees in the team.

Small: Companies and agencies with up to 25 employees

Large: Companies and agencies with 26 and over employees

The Award categories are separated in this way to ensure that the competition is fair and companies and agencies have equal chance of succeeding.

AM I A SMALL OR LARGE CATEGORY ENTRANT?

Large and small is based on the number of overall employees in the agency/company who is submitting the entry, and not the number of employees in the team.

Small: Companies and agencies with up to 25 employees

Large: Companies and agencies with 26 and over employees

The Award categories are separated in this way to ensure that the competition is fair and companies and agencies have equal chance of succeeding.

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