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Eight reasons to enter the Radio Production Awards

There’s still time to enter the 2014 RPAs. If you’ve been wondering whether to, here are some reasons to give it your best shot.

1. Unlike other award schemes these specifically celebrate brilliant production work. No DJs or PDs to steal the limelight. This is your chance to shine.

2. There’s a prize with your name on it. Because there are lots of categories, there is every chance there’s a prize focused on exactly what you do best. Here’s the list of open categories:

  • BEST DOCUMENTARY / FEATURE MAKER
  • BEST NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY / FEATURE MAKER
  • BEST COMEDY / ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER
  • BEST MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER
  • BEST LIVE MUSIC PRODUCER / ENGINEER
  • BEST PODCAST / ONLINE PRODUCER
  • BEST MULTI-PLATFORM CREATOR
  • BEST DRAMA / READINGS PRODUCER
  • BEST NEWCOMER
  • BEST CREATIVE
  • BEST SOUND DESIGNER
  • PRODUCTION HERO AWARD

3. The winners of these awards get noticed. Just ask Peregrine Andrews, Nathan Freeman or Eloise Whitmore who collected two prizes last year and features in this Earshot podcast:

4. The overall producer of the year can come from any field. Sound design, station imaging, breakfast production or events. It could be you.

5. An RPA under your arm could improve your chances of getting the job you want, pitching successfully for new work or negotiating a better deal with your current employer.

6. The RPAs are open to just about anyone in the UK – staff and freelancers.

7. It costs as little as £20 plus VAT to enter.

8. If your best work is close at hand it doesn’t take long to enter online, That’s just as well because the awards close at lunchtime tomorrow.

Do it tonight, and good luck!