Aesthetics Awards Frequently Asked Questions

30 Jun 2022

We answer any questions you might have relating to Aesthetics Awards entry, judging, ceremony and sponsorship

The Aesthetics Awards is recognised as the most prestigious and longest-serving awards ceremony of its kind in the UK. Established in 2011, the ceremony brings together the very best in medical aesthetics and is open to those new and established to celebrate the achievements of the past year. Our ethos is to endorse excellence in the medical aesthetic specialty, continually striving to improve best practice, regulation, and clinical outcomes.

For more information about the Aesthetics Awards, click here, and to view the 25 categories and to enter once entry opens, click here.

Below are the answers to common questions we get in relation to The Aesthetics Awards. Should you have further questions about entry, judging or the ceremony, please contact our team on 0203 096 1228 or email

Q&A: Aesthetics Awards entry

Why enter the Aesthetics Awards?

Whether you’ve been in the industry for 5 years or 25 years, we have a category for everyone at the Aesthetics Awards! The ceremony is designed to celebrate the hard work of everyone in our specialty, and provide you with the recognition you deserve. Even if you don’t become a Winner, or receive Commendations or High Commendations, simply becoming a Finalist in this competitive industry is a huge achievement, and is something well respected by your peers, colleagues, clients, and patients. It will help to excel your business, providing your clients with assurance that you are top of your game, providing your staff satisfaction that they are working for a successful company, and it also allows you to have something to shout about to the press!

Can practitioners or companies outside of the UK enter?

The Aesthetics Awards is only open to practitioners and companies who are based or have a subsidiary in the UK and Ireland. If you are unsure if you are eligible to enter, please contact the team.

What professions are the Aesthetics Awards open to?

The Aesthetics Awards are open to individuals and companies within the UK and Ireland medical aesthetic specialty. You should check the requirements for each individual category, which can be found here. Those entering the practitioner categories must be healthcare professionals who are registered with their regulatory body (i.e. GMC, NMC, GDC) and have no limitations to practice. All clinic entries must have a registered Medical Director.

Are there any costs associated with entering?

Entry to the Aesthetics Awards is completely free of charge to all Aesthetics journal Full, Print and Digital members. If you are not already a member, you can do so for as little as £60 per year. To become a member, click here.

How can I be nominated, or can I nominate someone else?

The Aesthetics Awards has an in-depth entry process, so no practitioner or company can be ‘nominated’. In order to be considered as a Finalist for the Aesthetics Awards, every individual must submit an entry. You cannot submit an entry on someone else’s behalf, unless they are working for you or as your PR or similar representative. The only category that you can nominate someone for is The Aesthetics Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Aesthetics. If you would like to nominate a peer or colleague, email explaining why they deserve to win.

What is the word count for my entry?

Each application has a strict word limit of 1,700 words and you must not exceed this; however, your entry does not have to meet it. References will be included in the word count, although you may supply a reference list as part of your supplementary materials if it exceeds the word count. Remember it should be clear what references you are referring to in the text of your entry. Supplementary materials which provide extended answers to the questions will be discounted.

How long does it take to write an Aesthetics Awards entry?

How long is a piece of string? This very much depends on the category you are applying for, how long it takes to gather your evidence and accompanying materials, as well as how much information you are including. If you have entered before you might be a bit quicker as you are already accustomed to the process and what you want to showcase.

Entrants often tell us that writing, checking and submitting the entry takes anywhere from a day to a week! The thing to remember is that it isn’t something you can just do in an hour or so, so make sure you dedicate plenty of time and get started early!  

Will any of my submissions be publicly available?

Your Aesthetics Awards entry is completely confidential and will only be viewed by the Aesthetics team and judges of your specific category. Nobody will be able to access your application through our website. Please note that you will be asked to submit a summary of your entry that may be shared as part of the voting process on the Aesthetics website and in the journal if your entry is chosen as a Finalist. Those entering the result categories must also confirm they have permission to use the images for marketing purposes as these may be displayed at the Aesthetics Awards ceremony, on the Aesthetics Awards website, in the Aesthetics journal and Beauty Uncovered consumer magazine, and across social media.

Can I amend my entry after it’s been submitted?

There will be no opportunity to amend your entry once you have submitted your application online, unless you pay a £100 +VAT administration fee and this information is received before shortlisting has begun. If you need to amend your entry, please contact our team

What can I add into my supplementary materials?

You may add relevant supplementary materials to your entry such as: videos, images, references, testimonials, statistics, references, patient surveys, and anything you feel is applicable to your entry. The supplementary materials should be relevant to the entry and mentioned in the relevant question it relates to. Supplementary materials that are deemed irrelevant by the judges or that provide extended answers to the questions will be discounted. Judges will not be expected to read pages upon pages of supplementary materials, so also ensure they are condensed, and remain relevant. 

Can I enter more than one category? 

Yes! As long as the category is applicable to you and you fulfil the criteria, you’re eligible to enter, so make sure you don’t restrict yourself to just one. You are unable to enter the same category twice.

I don’t have time to write my entry, what should I do?

We know how busy everyone in aesthetics is at the moment, so if you’re worried you don’t have the time to complete your entry you can enlist the help of other people in your team, such as your marketing manager, or go through a PR company who can assist you. There are also several companies out there who specialise in assisting businesses and individuals with their awards writing, so have a search online.

I need an extension for my entry, is this possible?

Entries submitted after the closing date will also be subject to a £100 fee. Of course, we are empathetic to exceptional circumstances, so do get in touch and email for more information. Note that no entries are accepted after the judging process has begun. 

I am entering the result categories, what permissions do I need from the patient?

If you are chosen to be a Finalist your before and after images will be displayed at the Aesthetics Awards ceremony, on the Aesthetics Awards website, in the Aesthetics journal and across social media. Entrants must therefore confirm they have permission from the patient to use the images for marketing purposes, and must be able to show proof of this. 

Can I submit videos as part of my entry? 

Yes! You can submit one video. 

If I am entering more than one category, do I need to submit all my entries at the same time or separately? 

Entries can be submitted separately once they have been finished.

If I don't have a PR, do I still stand a good chance of becoming a Finalist? 

Definitely! Nearly half of entries to The Aesthetics Awards that have been submitted by PRs have not become Finalists, so it doesn't matter whether you enter through a PR agency or on your own, everyone is judged equally. 

Can I amend my Aesthetics Awards entry? 

You can amend your entry up until the submission's deadline closes. 

1. Login into your account 
2. On the left hand side under "Awards", click "Nominations". Then click "Edit" beside the relevant nomination
3. You can then update your nomination and click "Save" 

Q&A: Aesthetics Awards shortlisting, judging and voting

How do I know if I have become an Aesthetics Awards Finalist?

Finalists for the next Aesthetics Awards will be announced on January 3 2023, and will be published both in the Aesthetics journal and on The Aesthetics Awards website. Of course, we will also be covering the Awards extensively on social media, so be sure to follow us – @aestheticsjournaluk on Instagram.

What should I do if I become a Finalist?

Becoming an Aesthetics Awards Finalist is something to shout about! You should take pride in any recognition you have received and communicate this news throughout your business. This prestigious recognition can help you to generate more sales and clients. Let the local press know and make sure you’re posting it on your social media. Every Finalist will receive marketing assets and Finalist logos that they can use. For more information on how to market that you are a Finalist, click here.

What are the benefits of becoming an Aesthetics Awards finalist? 

As well as the high recognition you will get from your peers in the industry, as an Aesthetics Awards Finalist you will also receive: 

  • An announcement in the Aesthetics journal
  • Aesthetics Awards Finalist logos for your marketing
  • Social media mention on the Aesthetics platforms
  • Name and description on the Aesthetics Awards website
  • Name and description on the Aesthetics Awards Hall of Fame (coming soon)
  • Announcement, name and logo on the big screen at the Ceremony

Who are the Aesthetics Awards judges?

There are more than 60 Aesthetics Awards judges in total, who are mainly medical practitioners working within aesthetics. As the Aesthetics Awards is a ceremony for professionals, judged by those who are experts in their field, it’s important that doctors, dentists, nurses and surgeons all take part in the judging. Other judges comprise company specialists, including business consultants, marketing specialists, company distributors, insurance providers, and other experts who have a high level of knowledge, experience and expertise in the field.

Does each judge review all the categories?

No! Judges usually assess between one and three categories each and usually around six judges assess a single entry. One reason for this is they simply wouldn’t have time – with 25+ categories and hundreds of entries, it would be a very busy few months for them! The main reason, however, is to avoid any conflicts of interest.

How do you make sure there are no conflicts of interest when judging?

Every judge must sign a declaration form before access to the entries is given. On this declaration, they must detail any categories they, or a colleague, has entered or plan to enter, any relevant financial disclosures and any reasons they would not be able to judge a particular category objectively. They must also sign to confirm that they will:

  • Endeavour to score fairly based on the merit of each entry
  • Treat any information contained within the entries sent in a confidential manner
  • Not share the details of the categories they are judging or scores awarded with any external parties
  • Not use the information contained within any entries judged for their own commercial or personal purposes

Before assigning categories, the Aesthetics team spends time researching the judge and judges are instructed to notify the team immediately if any further conflicts of interest arise after signing their declaration.

How do judges score entries?

Entries are scored on a special portal on the Aesthetics Awards website. Judges are provided with access to a page dedicated to their assigned categories, which they can log into, save scores and come back to it later, if necessary. The easy-to-use system means judges are able to really concentrate on the content of the entries. The entry is presented in the exact format it is submitted by the entrants and, of course, if entrants have provided supporting evidence, judges can view images and download any documents provided.

For each question, scores are given out of 10 and judges can make further comments at the bottom of each entry. Judges are advised that, although background knowledge of an entrant may inform judgement to a certain extent, they should base their decisions primarily on the entry that has been submitted. Aesthetics specifically asks them to consider the entry holistically and score based on sound evidence, along with a demonstration of commitment to clinical excellence, rather than choosing the most well-known or biggest brand, company or individual.

What do judges look for in a winning Aesthetics Awards entry?

While each category is different, key things in every entry that the judges will look for include: accuracy, grammar, spelling, evidence, and clear and concise answers which directly relate to the question. Also ensure every question is answered with as much detail as possible, but keep to the designated word count. 

Specific entry requirements for each category can be found on the website here. You can also read our article on how to write a winning Aesthetics Awards entry here or read top tips from award-winning PR and marketing consultant Julia Kendrick here.

Can my Award be voted for?

Once Finalists are announced, voting opens. We only accept voting on certain categories, so don’t be alarmed if you can’t find an option to vote for your category online and make sure to check that your category has a voted-for element before you encourage people to vote for you! If a category also has a voted-for element, then you can encourage entries via the website. The number of votes will be measured alongside the judges’ scores in a 20-80 ratio, respectively. You can check if your category is voted for here.

How do I vote?

Make your opinion count by casting your vote for this year’s Aesthetics Awards Finalists! You can have your say by heading to our website, logging into your account, or creating an account if you don’t already have one, and clicking on the Finalists tab. Once there, you can select any category, and view each entrant. Once you’ve decided on your winner, click the vote button and press submit! You are only able to vote for one entrant per category, so make sure you’ve chosen your favourite.

Please note that not all categories can be voted for, and we do not offer voting on practitioner or clinic categories. If your category does not have a voting option on our website, it is being decided solely by our esteemed panel of judges.

How can I become an Aesthetics Awards judge?

Aesthetics reviews the chosen judges every year and we are open to new judges. If you are someone who considers yourself as an expert within the medical aesthetic field, with several years of demonstrable experience in the UK market, then get in touch with the team and email

Please outline: your reasons for wanting to become an Aesthetics Awards judge, why you believe you will be a good judge, what your qualifications are, as well as your specific and unique insights and expertise you can bring. Note that there are no remunerations for becoming an Aesthetics Awards judge, and should be happy to share their expertise to further progress the UK medical aesthetics field. However, judges are also listed on the Aesthetics Awards website, publicised on social media, and contacted for industry commentary for the Aesthetics journal and Beauty Uncovered magazine. They are also known as being individuals who give back to the specialty and align with our ethos of endorsing and recognising excellence in this growing field.

Does being a judge mean I will be a Finalist or Aesthetics Awards Winner?

Being an Aesthetics Awards judge doesn’t mean that you will be a Finalist, Winner, or awarded Commended/Highly Commended at the Aesthetics Awards. Judges are allowed to enter the Aesthetics Awards, but will be treated like all other applicants. They will need to fill out the entry questions to a high standard and with the relevant information to be shortlisted. This will then be reviewed by our judging team, who will be reviewed to ensure there are no conflicts of interest and they will decide on the Finalists and Winners based on applications alone.

Q&A: Aesthetics Awards Ceremony

Why should I attend the Aesthetics Awards ceremony?

The Aesthetics Awards – dubbed ‘The Oscars of Aesthetics’ – brings together leading aesthetic professionals for an evening of networking, recognition, celebration and entertainment. As the most well-recognised, longest-serving and prestigious awards event of its kind in the UK, the Aesthetics Awards is a not-to-be-missed event. You can enjoy a three-course meal, a celebrity host, professional photographs, and a great chance to network and have fun with your colleagues/peers!

Do I have to be invited to attend the ceremony and is it only open to Finalists?

No, the Aesthetics Awards isn’t an invite-only event, and is open to everyone in the medical aesthetic specialty. If you’re a colleague of someone up for an Award and want to come along to show them support, or just want to enjoy the celebrations and networking opportunities, you can purchase tickets via our website! Tickets will sell out, so to be a part of the aesthetics community. Tickets are on sale July 31 2022 for the Aesthetics Awards 2023!

How can I purchase tickets?

You are able to purchase single tickets, or reserve tables of 10 for your team. Tickets will be available to book in July 31 2022. To book tickets and reserve tables for the Aesthetics Awards, you can do so on our website here, or by contacting our sales team

If I am a Member of Aesthetics, do I receive a discount to the Aesthetics Awards ceremony? 

Yes! Full paying Members of the Aesthetics community (click here for Membership options) receive the Early-Bird offer even after the closing date of December 31. We recommend you get your tickets early though, to be sure to secure your place at the ceremony! Click here to buy your tickets. 

When does the Early-bird Aesthetics Awards tickets close?

The Early-bird offer will be available until December 31st. Tickets will sell out, so to be a part of the aesthetics community, be sure to secure your place at the Aesthetics Awards 2023. 

Can I get a ticket refund?

Yes, you are able to get a refund for your Aesthetics Awards ticket by contacting, and we will process this for you. Please note that this is the only way to gain your refund, and you are unable to sell your ticket to colleagues or peers.

Do I need to bring my ticket to the Aesthetics Awards ceremony?

No, you will not need to bring a physical ticket to the Aesthetics Awards to gain entry to the event. However, you must ensure that you have submitted the correct names and details of all individuals in your party, as well as their dietary requirements, prior to the event.

Where is the event being held?

This year’s event will be held after the second day of the Aesthetics Conference and Exhibition on March 11. The Ceremony will take place at the dazzling Grosvenor House, in the heart of London. We recommend you spend March 10 and 11 learning, and the evening of the 11th networking and celebrating another fabulous year.

When does it start?

The Aesthetics Conference and Exhibition will finish at 4pm on Saturday, leaving enough time for you to travel and get yourself all dolled up before the Awards drinks reception, which starts at 6:30pm.

Where should I stay for the Aesthetics Awards?

It’s a good idea to stay at this year’s brand-new Aesthetics Awards venue – the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London. The hotel will be offering an exclusive 20% discount for all Aesthetics Awards attendees, so you don’t need to worry about booking that Uber home! To book, click here. The event rate includes breakfast for up to 2 adults (excludes in-room dining and VAT). For 10 or more rooms, a group contract will need to be issued and the rate may change – contact If you have any further questions regarding accommodation, email 

I would like to attend the Awards ceremony, but am coming alone. Is it possible to be seated with someone I know or should I ask around? 

We recommend that you purchase your Awards tickets together in order to guarantee sitting together. However, you can purchase separately and email as soon as you have completed your purchase. The team will make a note of this request and who you would like to be seated with and try our best to cater for this.   

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