After the last 20 months, we all need something to celebrate, and the recent AV Awards 2021, organised by UK based AV Magazine, at the start of the November were just that. As the saying goes, oh what a night! From the fantastic backdrop of Evolution London, the entertainment from host comedian Russel Kane and the renowned Judge Jules led an evening of celebration, showcasing some of the major achievements in the audio visual industry over the last year. From world leading entertainment, broadcast and installation projects across the globe, to individual products, companies and people, there was something for everyone.

Last year attendees found themselves sat in the comfort of their own homes for the awards, something which, though a bit of a novelty at first, fast wore off. It was fantastic therefore to have the awards back in person, allowing everyone to soak up the atmosphere and celebrate the successes of colleagues, peers, suppliers and maybe even competitors. A fantastic networking opportunity, everyone who was there commented on the buzz and a real positivity in the air. And after too long conducting business meetings in a hybrid state of formal tops and PJs for some it was good to see the dinner jackets and cocktail dresses being dusted off and brought into action again!

There were over 1400 attendees, and significantly 37% of those were from outside the UK, showing how the AV Awards are increasingly being seen and recognised internationally. The list of nominees and winners is testimony to this, with projects, people and businesses from the UK, Europe, the USA, the United Arab Emirates and Asia all being recognised.