IBC Awards Categories
IBC is the place where vendors and users came together to develop innovative technological solutions to meet real creative and commercial challenges. The IBC Awards celebrated that spirit of collaboration as well as the best in new technology.
IBC Innovation Awards
The IBC Innovation Awards celebrate the partnership between a broadcaster or production company and technology suppliers that push for and deliver the quality, creativity and accessibility of content to the audience.
Applicants can submit their project to IBC early in the year under three categories; Content Creation, Content Management and Content Delivery. An international panel of judges carefully study each entry and the shortlist is published in May.
Enter the IBC2013 Innovation Awards
View the winners of the IBC2012 Innovation Awards
View the entry criteria for the IBC Innocavation Awards
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, Managing Director of Olympic Broadcasting Services and in 2011 Sir David Attenborough for a career spanning 60 years of endlessly innovative wildlife television.
The IBC2012 International Honour for Excellence was awarded to NHK’s Science and Technical Research Laboratories (STRL). Find out more here
There is a fourth award that is presented at the gift of the judging panel. 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.
The 2012 Judges' Prize was awards to FIMS. Read more
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.
To view the previous winners of the Special Award, click here
Best Conference Paper Award
The 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 provides a peer review of every paper to be presented. From their deliberations they also choose the single paper which best combines innovative thinking and clarity of presentation, with the author receiving the IBC Best Conference Paper Award.
To find out more about what is required to enter an IBC Technical Paper, read the Technical Papers and Poster Guidelines.
In 2012 the Best Conference Paper Award went to a team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich Hertz Institute. Read more
Exhibition Design Awards
Helping visitors find the technologies they require from the 1,400+ 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 tour the entire exhibition, looking carefully at every stand and choosing those which they regard as outstanding in terms of accessibility, clarity and image. There are three IBC Exhibition Design Awards: for the Most Imaginative Yse of Shell Scheme Space, Best Use of Shell Scheme Space, and for the Best Smaller and Larger Free-Design Stands.
Read more about the judging criteria for this award