The Audio Production Awards are back for 2023!

Extended 9-week entry period & Early Bird fee announced plus all entry details

Audible announced as headline sponsor

The Audio Production Awards, sponsored by Audible, have returned for their thirteenth year.

Organised by AudioUK, the trade body which champions and supports independent audio production businesses in the UK, the Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement in audio production across a huge range of audio content: podcasts, audiobooks, sound design, radio, presenting.

The Awards are open to production talent across the UK and feature 22 categories ranging from Best Producer in Comedy, Factual, Drama & Fiction, Arts, Music, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Society, Audiobooks, Sound Design and more

There are also on-mic and emerging talent awards, including Best Ensemble Cast. The Awards also feature Publisher or Network of the Year, as well as the continuation of last year’s addition of Producer of the Year and The Sustainability Award, plus the special AudioUK award – last year awarded to the UK Audio Network (UKAN).

Once again, the Grassroots Production category will celebrate producers, teams and/or organisations working close to their communities, and this category will be free to enter, recognising the particular challenges faced in that part of the sector.

The evening culminates with the award of Production Company of the Year – last year won by Reduced Listening.

The Awards will be presented at a gala evening at the BFI on London’s South Bank in November.

Chloe Straw, Managing Director of AudioUK, said: 

“I’m really proud of the Audio Production Awards and the talent we are able to shine a spotlight on. The audio industry continues to be incredibly fast paced, changing and growing at speeds that seemed unimaginable.” 

The Awards give us a chance to take a breath and appreciate the high quality work that the people, businesses, networks and platforms making audio content produce on a daily basis. 

“Everyone is welcome to enter the awards – from large productions to one person working alone, across the UK, big or small budgets, podcasts, radio and audiobooks, independent freelancers to big networks. As always, we have spent hours deciding the categories, and would love to add more, but there is only so much time in an evening!”

I’m so pleased that we are working with Audible once again as the headline sponsor on the awards. I’m also delighted that we can offer the Pay What You Can Scheme again for those who would otherwise find the fee a barrier to entry. Thank you to Amazon Music and Wondery for sponsoring the scheme.”

Entry Information

The Awards are opening for entry earlier this year so applicants will have 9 weeks to enter instead of 6 as in previous years.

Early Bird entry fee is frozen at 2018’s prices of £35+VAT for AudioUK Members and £45+VAT for non-members, and will run for 7 weeks until Monday 11th September at 9am. From then on, the standard entry fee will be £45+VAT for AudioUK Members and £55+VAT for non-members until the final deadline on Wednesday 20th September at 2pm (please note: there will be no late extension to the entry deadline).

Pay What You Can Scheme

With support from Amazon Music and Wondery, AudioUK will be running the Pay What You Can scheme for a third year, offering discounted entry rates and tickets for those under financial constraints, who would otherwise be unable to enter and attend the Awards. Please email to access the scheme.

All information on entering, plus all category descriptions, eligibility criteria, and further details, can be found here:

Key Dates:

    • Entry opens: Monday 17th July 12PM (9 weeks)
    • Early Bird entry fee: Mon 17th July – Monday 11th September 9AM (7 weeks)
    • Standard entry fee from Monday 11th September (10 days)
  • Final deadline: Wednesday 20th September 2PM. (Please note there will be no extension of the entry deadline)
  • Shortlist announced & event tickets on sale: Monday 23rd October
  • Awards Ceremony at the BFI, London, Southbank: Wednesday 22nd November
  • Winners Published: Thursday 23rd November

Audio Production Awards – Categories for 2023:

  1. Best Arts & Culture Producer
  2. Best Audiobook Producer
  3. Best Branded Content Producer
  4. Best Comedy Producer (Gethin Thomas Award)
  5. Best Drama & Fiction Producer
  6. Best Ensemble Cast
  7. Best Entertainment Producer
  8. Best Factual Producer
  9. Best Lifestyle & Society Producer
  10. Best Music Producer
  11. Best Narrator
  12. Best New Producer
  13. Best New Voice
  14. Best News & Current Affairs Producer
  15. Best Presenter
  16. Best Sound Design Producer
  17. Best Sports Producer
  18. Grassroots Production Award
  19. The Sustainability Award
  20. Producer of the Year
  21. Production Company of the Year
  22. Publisher or Network of the Year

Plus the special AudioUK Award.

All category descriptions and eligibility criteria can be found here:

Contact: Katie Banham, Lead Producer, Audio Production Awards –

General Enquiries: