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The Circle Awards is an annual programme that brings together the diverse businesses, organisations, projects and people adopting circular practices to create a world where nothing goes to waste.
Connect to a forward-thinking community
Be recognised for your commitment
Build awareness with new audiences
The Circle champions
circular practices across all aspects of day-to-day life. We’re not just looking for those who are doing everything perfectly (that would make for a very short list!). Our focus is on recognising creative solutions that capture the interest of consumers and inspire change.
The Circle champions circular practices across all aspects of day-to-day life. We’re not just looking for those who are doing everything perfectly (that would make for a very short list!). Our focus is on recognising creative solutions that capture the interest of consumers and inspire change.
Food & Drink
Health & Beauty
Architecture & Construction
Transport & Travel
Home, Garden & Utilities
Lifestyle & Technology
Art & Design
Materials & Processes
Community, Education & Research
Our jury is composed of a diverse mix of representatives, each bringing a unique perspective and experience, all focused on creating a brighter tomorrow for everyone.
Hemant ChaudharyFounder & Managing Director,
Circular Economy Alliance Australia
Dean FoleyFounder & CEO,
Baramayal Indigenous Entrepreneurship Australia
Damon GameauFilmmaker & Author, 2040 & That Sugar Film
John GertsakisDirector, Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence
Dr. Brandon GienCEO, Good Design Australia
Prof. Damien GiurcoResearch Director,
UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures
Jason Graham-NyeCo-founder & Co-CEO, gDiapers
James GriffinGeneral Manager Projects & Advisory
Sustainable Business Network NZ (SBN)
Sally HillFounder, Purpose Conference
Nick HoskinCo-founder, The World's Most Rubbish
Bruce JeffreysCo-founder, GoGet & Dresden Optics
Leanne KempCEO, Everledger
Cat KivFounder, Simple(ish) Living
Berry LibermanFounder, Small Giants
Claire MaloneyDirector & Founder, The Bravery
Jess MillerIndependent Team Councillor, City of Sydney
Kate NelsonAuthor, I Quit Plastics: And You Can Too
Morgan ReardonLifestyle & Travel Editor, Urban:List
Camille ReedFounder & Director,
Australasian Circular Textile Association (ACTA)
Anna RossFounder & Director, Kester Black
Dr Kar Mei TangChief Circular Economist, NSW Circular
Peter TullinCreative Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, REMIX Summits
Tamara VeltreCo-founder & Head of Operations, Breathe Architecture
Jen WalkerHead of Public Relations & Communications, Terracycle
Andy WalshBusiness Director, Secret Sounds
From emerging to established, individuals to organisations, our judging criteria enables a wide range of different submissions to be evaluated on their own merit, regardless of budget, size of project, or scale of resources.
The judging process is officiated by the government funded environment, economic and social body NSW Circular.
InnovationDoes it push boundaries and unlock opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be possible?
EfficiencyIs it delivering value that’s disproportionate to the resources available to the team?
AppealDoes it have mainstream appeal and demonstrate a more conscious alternative without compromise?
CircularityHow effectively does it implement Circular practices to deliver a positive and sustainable outcome?
ImpactIs it currently delivering an impact at scale, or does it have the ability to deliver impact at scale?
VisionIs the current manifestation part of a bigger plan and where does the team see this going?
The People's Choice award is open to entries across all categories and will be awarded to the entrant with the highest number of valid votes from the public.
The winning entry will receive a media package from urban List worth $25K.
We are one not so perfect circle of people and businesses on a mission to create a world without waste.
We’re here to demonstrate that choosing more conscious alternatives doesn’t have to mean compromising on quality, cost or experience. We believe that by empowering consumers to make more informed purchases, we can transform the Circular Economy into a viable & valuable mainstream business model that benefits everyone.
Who can enter The Circle Awards
Submissions may be from individuals, small groups of collaborators, companies or individuals working within companies. The submission must be able to demonstrate that the core team, or the output and impact of the project was realised in Australia or New Zealand.
Can I submit an entry to more than one category?
The short answer is no. However, if you think your entry could be relevant to more than one category, you’ll have the opportunity to select an additional category within the entry form so that judges can decide where your entry best fits
How much does it cost to enter?
Each entry costs $250+GST, but in celebration of our launch, we are waiving the entry fee for all submissions entered before 11th May. Only late submissions will have to pay this fee; deadline for late submissions is 14th May.
What do the winners receive?
The winner of each The Circle Awards Aus & NZ 2021 category will receive recognition from our world-class judging panel for their contributions to shaping the circular economy, opportunities to connect and collaborate with a community of like-minded people and increased awareness with new audiences. The winner of the People's Choice award will also receive a media package from Urban List worth $25K.
How does People’s Choice work?
The Circle Awards wants to inspire brands and people to do the world a good turn. So while each category is selected by the jury members, the People’s Choice Award is voted on by the online public. Voting will go from the 17th May until the 28th May. Accepted entries will receive an email with a unique voting link for them to share once voting opens, and the winner will be announced along with all category winners.
When is the submission deadline?
Our Early Bird deadline is at 9pm AEST 11th May and we are also waiving the entry fee of $250+GST for our first year. Our Late Entry deadline is at 9pm AEST 14th May and includes the $250+GST charge to your submission.
People’s Choice voting opens at 10:00 AEST on 17th May and closes at 9pm AEST on the 21st May.
What will the judging process be?
Judges will initially work on a shortlisting stage for each category, followed by a selection of one winner per category. Each category will be awarded one winner and up to two commendations.
Judges will also be awarding Next Gen & One to Watch awards to celebrate the individuals who have made outstanding contributions personally.
Will I receive feedback on my submission?
Unfortunately the Judges will not be all able to provide specific feedback on submissions.
How do I sponsor The Circle Awards?
Please email us on [email protected] and we will send over our sponsorship package information.
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