About nominations and shortlisting

Nominations will be accepted until 5pm on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

All nominations will be sent to our panel of expert judges, drawn from across the optical sector, who will select the shortlist of finalists for the public and members’ choice votes.

All nominees will be informed in early September if they have been shortlisted as a finalist.

How to make a nomination

Nominations must be submitted online. You can save part completed nominations and return before the deadline to complete your entry.

You have three options:

You can nominate yourself/your practice. To view the full list of categories and criteria for entry, and to enter the awards, please click on the 'Submit nomination' button below.

You can nominate on behalf of someone else. To do this, you will need to complete all the information on the nomination form on their behalf. We advise that you let the person know you are nominating them for an award.

You can recommend that someone nominates themselves for an AOP Award. To do this, click on the ‘Recommend someone else’ button below to send them an email letting them know you think they should put themselves forward.

By entering the AOP Awards 2020 you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of the awards.

Want more time to consider? Click on the ‘Register your interest’ button to be reminded when the closing date is approaching.


Voting opens at 10am Tuesday 1 October 2019 and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 18 December 2019.

Two categories - Frame of the Year and Product of the Year – will be voted for exclusively by AOP members. The remaining 13 categories will be open to public vote.

All finalists will be provided with a pack of marketing and PR materials in September 2019 to help promote their success with their contacts.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is selected by an AOP panel, including our Chief Executive and Chair.

Awards Ceremony

The winners of the AOP Awards 2020 will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner at ExCeL London on Sunday 26 January 2020.  Winners will receive a trophy, photos of the night, and a marketing and PR pack to help them promote their success.

Nominations have now closed.