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3 February 2022

How to Enter

Please get in touch with us to be contacted as soon as the Call for Entries for 2022 is live.

An entry to The Card & Payments Awards is an opportunity for you and your organisation to showcase performance and receive due recognition for achievements.

You should establish your eligibility and review the award categories and their specific entry requirements before proceeding with your submission.

Eligibility Requirements & Qualifying Dates

Establish that your organisation meets the eligibility criteria to enter The Card & Payments Awards.

In addition, please note the following:

  • Generally, entries must relate to existing or new activity in the market between 1 January 2020 and 31 August 2021 (except Best Payments Industry Newcomer and Industry Achievement Award - see below).
  • Submissions for the Best Payments Industry Newcomer category must come from organisations that commenced operating no earlier than 36 months prior to 1 April 2021.
  • Submissions for Industry Achievement Award are not limited by date.
  • Entries must be submitted by the organisation that has the direct interface with the end payer or the merchant offering the service.
  • The entry can refer to European activity (if the company has a UK or Irish base). Entries from European companies are accepted if the entry references activity within the UK or Ireland.
  • Judges will be looking for significant developments or additional objectives and results in the period where existing projects are referenced and submitted.

Specific Category Criteria

Each Award category has its own entry criteria. Please ensure that you read these closely so that your answer format is tailored accordingly. The judges will score against these criteria.

NB: The judges reserve the right to re-allocate an entry to a different category if appropriate.

Using the Online Entry System

All entries should be submitted to us online. We will open for entries for the 2022 Awards soon.

  • Please read through the form and check what you need to supply before starting
  • It is best to prepare your entry in advance and ensure that you gain approval prior to submitting
  • Note the word limits for each section – the form will automatically limit your word count
  • Information can be copied and pasted from a text editor, such as Word
  • You will need to complete a separate entry form and payment transaction for each submission
  • Once submitted, please allow 48 hours for the team to process your entry. You will receive formal confirmation once the entry has been approved. A member of the team may contact you with any queries.

Confidentiality & Publication

  • All material will remain confidential to the judges.
  • We do recommend that you provide as many metrics as possible with your entries. You can flag any commercially sensitive elements of your entry with the wording 'Not For Publication' (we recommend the use of footnotes for this purpose). The organisers will ensure that this flagged information is not published in any form.
  • Note that the 50-word description will be published so must not contain any sensitive information.
  • The organisers strongly recommend that when submitting entries all appropriate permissions from key stakeholders have been obtained. Third parties or co-branded card partners should be made aware that the material may appear in print in publications and articles associated with the Awards.

Key Dates

  • 08 July - Open for Entries
  • 27 September - Entry period closes
  • 17 November - Shortlist announced
  • 03 February- The Card & Payments Awards Dinner and Ceremony

Entry fee

Each entry must be submitted with an entry fee of £295 plus VAT (£354) per entry.

Your entry must be in the name of, and signed off by, the end B2B or consumer brand.

We accept payment by credit or debit card. Fees are not refundable in the event an entry is withdrawn or ineligible.

The entry fee includes the total cost of handling your entry and the full judging process. All winners and finalists will receive a certificate and seal to use in their own marketing. Winners also receive a trophy and champagne. Generally, we provide copies of everything for each company name as per the entry form. Duplicate and replacement trophies and certificates can be purchased after the event at cost.

The fee does not include entry to the Awards Ceremony (please review the information on virtual table packages).

Can a project or initiative be entered into more than one category?

Yes, a product, project or initiative may be submitted in more than one category if this is relevant. We would draw your attention to the fact that each category has specific criteria and the entries should therefore be tailored appropriately. The judges will be considering these criteria when making their decisions.

You will need to complete a separate entry transaction for each submission. Entry fees are applicable for each entry submitted.

Supporting Information

Supporting material is not provided to the judges until after the shortlisting process, with the exception of entries for Best Marketing Campaign and Best Product Design. Therefore all entries should be sufficiently compelling to stand alone without supporting material.

Where you feel your entry can be boosted, you may provide a maximum of three items per entry. Supporting material should be chosen with care. It should be relevant and enhancing to the main entry. You may include high quality digital photographs a short film / TV advert if you feel that this endorses your entry. This should be good broadcast quality. Please note any supporting material in the form of videos should be provided as a link (YouTube, Vimeo etc). No other video formats will be accepted. Max file size 10mb.

Please bear in mind that judges will have only limited time to consider supporting material and so quality rather than quantity is key.

Supporting information can be uploaded via the online entry form or emailed to entries@cardandpaymentsawards.com

Accompanying Company Logos and Images

Each entry must be be accompanied by a high resolution copy of your corporate logo, ideally an option for use on both white and colour backgrounds. All logos should be supplied as an illustrator EPS or relevant vector file format. Please note that placing a .jpg, .gif or .tif image into an illustrator file does not make the logo a vector file. Most logo types are created natively in a vector programme so please supply the orginal file and and not a low resolution .jpg All images to be supplied at a resolution of 300 dpi measuring at least A5 at that size. Please note that images embedded in Word or PowerPoint are not sufficient quality for print purposes.

Entry deadline & delivery details

Entries for The Card & Payments Awards 2022 will launch soon with an entry deadline of 27 September 2021. Get in touch with us to ensure that you are kept informed as we open the Call for Entries.

All entries will need to be submitted online.

Need help with your entry?

Many of our past entrants have teamed up with Boost Awards to assist them with putting together their entries, especially when resources are limited.  Boost’s team of award entry experts have a history of success. See how they can help you.

Further information about Boost.

Contact Boost.

The judging process

The Judging panel is made up of independent judges and industry experts who all sign up to our Code of Conduct at the start of the process. You can find a complete list of judges here. The judges are chaired by Roger Alexander and the judging process begins in September.

A selection of the judges review and score all the qualifying entries and compile a shortlist in each category.

Entries are judged against the criteria specifically detailed on this website. The judges rely exclusively on the information provided by the Award entrants in the standard question and answer format and not on any prior knowledge that they may have.

All judges meet for a final judging day and vote for the overall winners of each award.

The judges’ decision is final and there will be no opportunity for appeal, discussion or correspondence.

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