• The Oystercatchers Awards are open to marketing agencies (both members and non-members of the Oystercatchers Club) Some categories require a joint submission from agencies and their client partner(s); please check the individual category criteria.
  • Unless stated otherwise in category criteria, entries should focus on work carried out in the UK.
  • Unless stated otherwise in category criteria, the awards are judging performance from July 2018 – July 2019; this means that the bulk of work contained within the entry must have been carried out within this time period (please note it is NOT essential that a project or initiative has both launched and closed within this time period).
  • The judging panel reserves the right to move entries from one category to another if they feel it is more appropriate. However, they cannot be expected to routinely re-categorise incorrectly entered projects.
  • The judges' decision is final.
  • Sponsors are not permitted to enter any category that they are sponsoring.
  • The deadline for entries is 31 July 2019.


  • All entries must be submitted by the entry deadline, as specified above. Entries will not be considered fully submitted until the entrant proceeds to the final stage and submits their entry. A confirmation email will be received once complete.
  • Entries may be edited up until the point of 'submission'.



  • All submissions must be made online through the online entry portal.
  • In all cases, the judges are looking for concise written submissions and your entry should cover as many of the listed criteria as possible.
  • Please keep the word count within the stipulations per question. Please note that the judging panel reserves the right to penalise entries exceeding the word limit.



  • Please read the relevant category criteria to establish what type of supporting material should be included.
  • Digital uploads may take a variety of formats e.g. PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or jpeg file. Please ensure that uploaded logos, video and any supporting files follow the supporting material guidelines and together do not exceed the maximum upload limit of 20MB per entry. Please note when uploading supporting material file names must not include any 'special' characters e.g. _ / ( ) & * ".
  • Physical items submitted as part of any entry will be available for collection in December; during the online entry process you have the opportunity to indicate that you will require items to be available for collection. We accept no responsibility for physical items submitted as part of the entry process.
  • Where websites form part of an entry, please ensure any URLs, access details, usernames and passwords needed for judging are supplied, that they work, and that they will continue to work until the end of November 2019. Sites that cannot be viewed will be eliminated from the judging.



  • Please note that confidential information should be submitted via the ‘Confidential information’ field on the entry form/s; this will be treated as for judges’ eyes only and will not be published.
  • Should you wish to identify further elements of your entry as confidential, please preface the sensitive text with the word ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ to indicate any sections of the form that we may not share outside of the judging panel. Please ensure that the sensitive material is clearly indicated on the form itself and also contact  to flag these sections
  • Please note that by agreeing to judge, all our judges are bound by our confidentiality agreement
  • Oystercatchers and associated brands within the Xeim brand group  may choose to publish a selection of winning and shortlisted entries editorially or use for other business or marketing purposes as an example of best practice. We will exclude any material included in the ‘Confidential information’ field or highlighted according to the instruction above.



  • All entrants must supply all contact details as requested in the online form for a main point of contact we can approach should the entry require any further clarification.
  • In the event that your entry is shortlisted, all entry form details e.g. Entry title as completed in the online entry process will be used on Awards collateral (e.g. Website, Awards graphics, Awards Supplement, and in the event that your entry wins, on the trophy). Copy will adhere to the brand’s house style.
  • Please ensure that the information submitted is accurate and the correct agencies / companies are credited as appropriate. We accept no responsibility for any incorrectly submitted information.
  • When entries are submitted on behalf of clients or another third party, approval is assumed. If any issues arise concerning approval once the entry has been submitted, no refund will be given.



  • If nominating a third party, please provide as much information as possible. Contact details for the nominee are mandatory.

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