Entries are now closed. Winners will be announced by May 14 to coincide with the NAB Show Express.

10 Award Programs to Nominate for the Special Edition Best of Show Awards 2020

In light of the just-announced digital version of the NAB Show, the deadline for nominations for the Special Edition Best of Show Awards has been extended. The new deadline is 6pm (PT) on Friday May 1. Meaning all interested companies now have an additional chance to participate. PLEASE NOTE: Entries are now closed. Winners will be announced by May 14 to coincide with the NAB Show Express.

The Special Edition Best of Show Awards are designed to recognize outstanding products that are new since the 2019 spring NAB Show. You can submit nominations to any of our 10 market-leading media brands: TV Technology, Radio World, Digital Video, Video Edge, Pro Sound News, Sound & Video Contractor, Government Video, TVBEurope, B+C and Next TV

Find out more detail about the Award programs that you can nominate for:


The Special Edition Best of Show Awards program provides you with the new opportunity to showcase your Spring season product to over 95,000+ readers across leading media industry brands. You may submit a product for consideration by one or more of these publications, and you may submit multiple products.

Further promotional opportunities are also available as additional packages to add to your entry in the nomination process. 


You'll receive a "Nominee" logo right away to display across all digital marketing, to help increase awareness of your new product(s).


Every nominated product - not just the winners - gets a full page of coverage in our post-show Program Guide, distributed to 95,000+ readers of our participating brands.


Winners are reported by our industry leading brands. We'll provide winners with marketing assets to help leverage and promote your victory to stakeholders.


Experts from the media industry's leading brands judge your nomination. Companies that nominate to Best of Show benefit from this thought leader awareness among our industry's engineers and editors.

Entries are now closed. Winners will be announced by May 14 to coincide with the NAB Show Express.

All nominees are featured in the Program Guide, which has an enormous post-Awards distribution.
See the 2019 guide here!
This Special Edition program recognizes outstanding products introduced in Spring 2020 that are new since the 2019 NAB Show. Products are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and winners are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Judges use both the descriptions provided by you via our nomination form.
With the recent announcement that the NAB Show will be replaced with NAB Show Express we are fully committed to honor and help promote outstanding new products developed for late May launch.  
This Special Edition program is open to all new products released since NAB 2019, not just those exhibiting. Products need not be shipping but must be shown publicly.  Judges have discretion in determining whether a product is new. 

Thousands of new products are introduced  each year. Help make yours stand out with award recognition. You'll receive a "Nominee" logo to use across social media and other digital marketing platforms. If you win, you'll receive an award and an information package to help you promote the win to the industry. Further, every product nominated, whether chosen for an award or not, will be featured in the special Best of Show Program Guide, to be distributed in eBook digital form to more than 95,000+ Future publication readers. (To view the 2019 Program Guide, click here.)

Friday May1, 2020.  We reserve the right to consider late applicants as circumstances dictate. 

$625 per product nominated, for consideration by your chosen Future magazine. You may submit a given product to multiple magazines, at $625 each. The fee for booth nomination is the same, $625.
Just nominate the product for each by checking the appropriate box(es) on the product’s form; so for example, if Jones Smith Manufacturing wishes to nominate a new product for consideration by three magazines, the nomination price is $1,875 ($625 x 3). The entry form will guide you.
Yes. There is no limit to the number of products you may nominate. Each requires a nomination form and entry fee(s).
A panel of judges and editors, chosen in advance by the editors of our publications, will review nominations and choose the winners.

It should be new since last NAB Show. A product need not be introduced literally at this show; you might for instance have shown a product some months prior at AES or IBC. Judges are instructed to consider if it’s “new to the 2020 Spring season”

Judges also have discretion in determining whether a product is new, and in general, we lean toward including, not rejecting. But if a product was shown in the same form at last year’s convention it is not eligible. (If you showed it last NAB in preview form, it may raise questions for judges; include an explanation in your nomination; for instance, “We showed this in beta last year but did not nominate it, and now it is shipping.” Of course, if you nominated it last year, it’s hard to make the case it’s new.)

Yes. It will not be shared with anyone beyond the judges or editors until the winners are announced.
A photograph is required for all Best of Show nominations. If your product is software, perhaps use a photo of a staff member in front of a computer screen using the product, or do a screen grab, or show product packaging or product logo(s).   Photographs will be used for judges' consideration, as well as published in the award guide. 
Click here to nominate a product and pay by credit card. If you wish to invoice your nomination please contact Kate Smith at kate.smith@futurenet.com to arrange this.

The winners will be announced by May 14 to coincide with the NAB Show Express.

Winners receive a crystal award some weeks after the announcement. You’ll also receive the winner logo artwork to use in your social media and marketing. Winners also will be reported by Future brands TV Technology, Digital Video, Government Video, Video Edge, TVBEurope, Radio World, Pro Sound News and Sound & Video Contractor. All nominated products will be featured in the special Best of Show Awards Program Guide, to be distributed in digital edition form to thousands of readers of those publications after the convention.
Remember that the text and image you provide here will be seen by the judges and also published in the Program Guide. 
  • DO prepare carefully.
  • DO provide a good product photo.
  • DO use the full word count.
  • DO make the association among multiple products clear.
  • DO explain your product to the judges and the public; what makes it unique?
  • DON’T provide just a few sentences and a Web link, or just a list of specifications;
  • DON’T provide complex images like flow charts (they do not reproduce well when they must run small on a single page).
  • DON’T jam multiple products into one nomination; if you are nominating a family of products,

Yes. A product may be nominated by an organisation other than its manufacturer (e.g., a distributor/dealer), as long as the manufacturer is aware and the product is only nominated once per Future brand. Please make this clear in the nomination text, as: “The Acme 1000 Rocket, made by Acme and nominated by dealer Coyote Products…”

Email Kate Smith at kate.smith@futurenet.com
Kate Smith