HAIR EXPO AWARDS FAQS
WHY SHOULD I ENTER?
The Hair Expo Awards have been elevating outstanding talent in the Australian and New Zealand hairdressing industry for over three decades. This is your opportunity to “step into the spotlight” and showcase your craftsmanship, passion, dedication and vision, both within the industry and to your clients. The Hair Expo Awards represent the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is - celebrating and recognising outstanding creativity and business acumen.
The Awards also provide you with the opportunity to become an ambassador, role model and mentor, both within your team and to your industry, at home and around the world. This is a prestigious and thrilling platform to show who you are, what you are capable of, and to take your career in a dynamic and rewarding direction. The Hair Expo Awards can change your career forever…
Final awards entry deadline: 5pm Sydney time (AEDT), Wednesday 1 April 2020
WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES?
- Australian Hairdresser of the Year
- New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year
- Creative Force of the Year
- Colour Technician of the Year
- Men's Cutter & Stylist of the Year (Updated category!)
- Master Cutter of the Year
- NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the Year
- QLD Hairdresser of the Year
- SA/TAS Hairdresser of the Year
- VIC Hairdresser of the Year
- WA/NT Hairdresser of the Year
- Master Stylist of the Year (Updated category!)
- Salon Team of the Year
- Apprentice/Student of the Year
- Best Salon Design
- Education Business of the Year
- Educator of the Year
- Industry Business Performance of the Year
- Salon Business of the Year
Please read the relevant information and judging criteria for the category you are entering, to ensure you qualify and meet the criteria judges are looking for when marking each entry. This is extremely important to maximise your entry.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH CATEGORY TO ENTER?
All categories have a description that specifically relates to the criteria relevant to entering that category. Please ensure you read these descriptions as well as the General Rules & Regulations document, which will give you a further understanding of the overall Awards entry requirements. It is imperative you read all these documents before entering.
HOW DO I ENTER?
There is a dedicated website for registering yourself as an entrant and for uploading the relevant entry requirements to complete your entry. You will find this here.
PLEASE NOTE: You no longer need to print or post your photographic collection as in previous years – all entries are uploaded online.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER?
If you are entering Apprentice/Student of the Year, there is no cost to enter. All other categories have an administrative entry registration cost of AU$75 per entry.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS THE ENTRY DEADLINE?
The entry deadline is final (first-round entries are due 5pm AEDT Wednesday 1st April 2020) and extreme circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis. This is at the discretion of the Head Judge.
SHOULD MY COLLECTION BE LANDSCAPE OR PORTRAIT ORIENTATION?
Please keep in mind that all creative collections must be portrait in format. The exception to this is the Best Salon Design category, where photos must either be all landscape or all portrait.
WHAT ARE THE RAW FILES I NEED TO SUBMIT?
All creative categories (with the exception of Master Stylist of the Year and Best Salon Design), must include the following with their photographic collection: Unedited/Raw Images for each of the images in your collection that are the same as your “final” images. These must come directly from your photographer, but with no photo retouching, editing, or manipulations. Unedited images are used for judging purposes only and will not be released to the public. They provide context for the judges if they feel there has been over-manipulation of the photograph, and specifically the hair, during post-production. Judges accept some use of Photoshop and all other similar programs on the model’s skin or wardrobe and the background, or the odd flyaway hair – however it is not to be used to alter the hair in any way; including creating volume, filling in texture and changing the length or the style.
For Colour Technician of the Year entries, NO colour manipulation is permitted. You will be asked to upload your raw/unedited images alongside your final images in the online entry portal. Your entry can be disqualified if the raw/unedited photos have not been uploaded, or if they have been manipulated in ANY way. If the file is too large, you can upload an unaltered screenshot – you may be asked for the original file.
NEW IN 2020: If you are entering Australian Hairdresser of the Year, New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year or Colour Technician of the Year, you will now also be required to supply a 5-10 second video of each of your completed models. Smart phone footage is all that is required - this is for internal use only and will not form part of your official submission. Please let us know ASAP if you have already shot your collection – there are alternative options our Head Judge can discuss with you.
CAN I USE A COLLECTION I HAVE USED FOR ANOTHER PURPOSE ALREADY?
Yes – please check your specific category rules for the conditions you must meet in order to qualify.
Please note: The above does not apply to the categories of Australian Hairdresser of the Year and New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year, who must enter a collection that is exclusively for the Hair Expo Awards, which has not been seen or used elsewhere.
WHO JUDGES THE AWARDS?
Due to popular demand, our 2020 judging panel for all creative categories will be made up exclusively of International Judges. To continue the world-class recognition of the Hair Expo Awards and its entrants, these esteemed judges will come from various parts of the world. To keep the valuable local understanding in the mix, we have an industry expert from Australia who will support the Head Judge by thoroughly checking each and every entry before they go to the judging panel.
Further information on the judging process can be found in the General Rules & Regulations.
WHAT ARE THE JUDGES LOOKING FOR?
Photographic Collection (Creative Categories): Each judge will be given specific criteria for each Creative Category in order to decide how to mark each entry. Please see the Rules & Regulations for your chosen category to see the exact criteria judges will be following to ensure your collection is aimed at meeting these criteria.
Written Submission (Business Categories and Creative Category Finalists): Each judge has their own style, but there are some general suggestions: It is imperative to have both a strong photographic collection and a strong written submission for creative categories – be sure to read the written submission questions when deciding to enter, so you know you are entering the correct category and can submit a balanced entry, should you become a finalist.
This is why we are so proud of the Hair Expo Awards – they put the spotlight on the complete picture of our talented entrants. Articulate your passion for what you do and demonstrate your genuine interest in the hair industry. Let who you are shine through. Make it easy to read, and stay on point – keep in mind the judges have many entries to look at, so dot points and minimal repetition is appreciated by the judges. Where requested, show evidence of the activity you are writing about - e.g. photos and press coverage.
CAN I ENTER MORE THAN ONCE IN THE SAME CATEGORY?
No. You may only enter each category once per year, with one entry per person/team/business per category. Please note, you can enter as many categories as you like (dependent on qualifications), however you may only enter ONE of the following: Australian Hairdresser of the Year OR New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year OR a State Title.
WHEN WILL THE FINALIST AND WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS BE MADE?
Finalists will be announced on Friday 17 April 2020 – stay tuned for more details! All winners will be announced at the Hair Expo Awards on Monday 8 June 2020, the final night of Hair Expo Australia at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). Each finalist or team will receive one complimentary ticket to attend the Hair Expo Awards.
HOW MANY FINALISTS ARE THERE?
Up to 10* finalists will be selected within each of the Creative and Business Categories - please note the number of finalists is based on the number of entrants in that category and is at the discretion of the Head Judge.