The IBC Awards cover a wide variety of areas, celebrating everything from exceptional stand design on the IBC Exhibition showfloor to innovative thinking and research in our conference papers; and from creative collaborations between technical partners and end users to special honours awarded at the Judges discretion.
IBC Innovation Awards
Celebrating collaboration in technology and creativity
IBC’s awards for technological and creative innovation are now well established as the most coveted in the industry. This is because of their unique approach: a winning project will be one where the commissioning company works closely with technology partners to deliver a clever, appropriate and innovative solution to a real business, technical or creative issue.
IBC is the one global forum where every aspect of the industry comes together to share knowledge, solve challenges and develop future strategies. The IBC Innovation Awards celebrate that spirit of co-operation and collaboration.
IBC has reimagined the three IBC Innovation Awards categories for 2017 and are looking for the most innovative new solutions in content creation, content distribution and content everywhere.
The IBC Innovation Awards Call for Entries has now closed!
International Honour For Excellence
The highest honour IBC bestows, the International Honour for Excellence is awarded each year to an individual or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to the broadcast industry. Past winners have included Director James Cameron, Manolo Romero, Olympic Broadcasting Services, Sir David Attenborough for a career spanning 60 years of endlessly innovative wildlife television and ARM the company behind the processors in virtually all of our smartphones and tablets.
This year the International Honour for Excellence was presented to Director Mr Ang Lee for his continuing recognition of the technical possibilities of innovation, in the service of great movie making.
On winning this award Ang Lee said “IBC has done so much to bring together new technology and old-fashioned creativity. I am delighted to be part of this exciting dialogue, and I am honoured to receive this award. Thank you.”
Exhibition Stand Design
Helping visitors find the technologies they require from the 1,600+ IBC exhibitors is a challenge. We play our part in the way we lay out the halls by theme, and the exhibitors play their part by designing stands which guide the visitor and showcase their products.
A dedicated team of judges toured the entire exhibition, looking carefully at every stand and chose those which they regarded as outstanding in terms of accessibility, clarity and image.
There are three IBC Exhibition Design Awards: for the Most Imaginative Use of Shell Scheme Space, and for the Best Smaller and Larger Free-Design Stands.
Best Conference Paper
The IBC Conference, with its important exchange of ideas and opinions, is at the very heart of IBC. Within the conference, the technical papers programme is seen as the most important global arena to unveil the latest in cutting edge research.
The Technical Papers Committee provided a peer review of every paper to be presented. From their deliberations they also chose the single paper which best combines innovative thinking and clarity of presentation, with the author receiving the IBC Best Conference Paper Award.
The winner of the IBC2016 Best Conference Paper award went to a paper entitled 'WIB – A New System Concept for Digital Terrestrial Television'. Authors of the paper are Erik Stare of Teracom in Stockholm, Dr Jordi Giménez of Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain and Dr Peter Klenner of Panasonic Europe, based in Frankfurt.
The Judges’ Prize may be drawn from the nominations in the three Innovation Award categories, or it may be another project which has caught their eye because of its creative, technical or commercial imagination.
Past winners of the Judges' Prize include Stereoscopic 3D coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and DNA's Single frequency networks for HD with DVB-T2, which was awarded in 2011.
This year's Judges' Prize went to NASA for chronicling the exploration of space, for collaborating with film-makers, for continuing to make the content available and for advancing the science and craft of imaging.
From time to time, IBC makes a special award to a project, a person or a programme which has gone the extra mile and achieved something truly remarkable.
Past examples have included the NHK development of Super Hi-Vision, Sky Television’s 3D coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and in 2011 Atlantic Productions’ remarkable documentary Flying Monsters 3D with Sir David Attenborough.
This year's Special Award went to SMPTE to celebrate their 100 year history. “The core work of SMPTE, around standards for interoperability, is as vital today as it has ever been. As one of the partner bodies which make up IBC, SMPTE is also critical to guiding our events forward, another reason that we should be celebrating this 100th birthday” said Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC.