The Circle
Awards
Aus&NZ
2022
Entries Open 20th July
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The Circle Awards celebrate and unite those leading the way to a better future.

Better? A future in which the planet, people and economies can all thrive, not just survive.

The awards recognise the businesses, organisations, and individuals taking positive steps forward to make a better future a reality. While also building a passionate community and fostering a culture of collaboration and collective action.

Why Enter

Our focus is on celebrating those making progress towards a better future, not just those who are doings things perfectly.

From emerging to established, individuals to organisations, our judging criteria enables a wide range of different submissions to be evaluated on their own merit, regardless of budget, size of project, or scale of resources.

We’re building a community more than just a competition and want everyone who enters to feel like they’ve gained value from taking part.

By entering, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Be recognised for your achievements
  • Reach new, appreciative audiences
  • Connect with a like-minded community
  • Get inspired by what others are doing
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2021 Winners

Entry

Key dates

  • 20th July
    Entries Open
  • 5th August
    Early-bird Entries Close
  • 20th September
    Final Entries Close
  • 26th – 30th September
    People's Choice Voting
  • 10th October
    Finalists Announced
  • 18th October
    Winners Announced

Categories (14)

  • Architecture & Construction
  • Art & Design
  • B2B
  • Community, Education & Events
  • Fashion
  • Food & Drink
  • Health & Beauty
  • Home, Garden & Utilities
  • Local Government Areas (New)
  • Lifestyle & Technology
  • Materials & Processes
  • Research (New)
  • Under 19 (New)
  • Transport, Tourism & Travel

Accolades (4)

  • Judges Choice

    The overall winner selected by the judges, across the category winners, as the entry they collectively feel best exemplifies the ethos of The Circle Awards.

  • People's Choice

    Awarded to the entry that receives the most valid votes in the People’s Choice public vote.

  • One To Watch

    Awarded to the entry that best captures our imagination and gets us excited us for their journey ahead.

  • Shape Shifter

    Awarded to the individual making significant contributions to shaping a better future for everyone.

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Our jury is composed of a diverse mix of representatives, each bringing a unique perspective and experience, all focused on creating a better tomorrow for everyone.

Judges Judges Judges Judges
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Elena Antoniou
Elena Antoniou
Founder of New Future Folk
Ttobie Arowobusoye
Ttobie Arowobusoye
Co-Founder of August Inc.
Beyhad Jafari
Beyhad Jafari
CEO of Electric Vehicle Council
Cr HY William Chan
Cr HY William Chan
Lord Mayoral team with City of Sydney
Alison Covington
Alison Covington
Founder of Good360 Australia
Lottie Dalziel
Lottie Dalziel
Founder of Banish
Shelin David
Shelin David
Founder of CFOWorx
Mike Davis
Mike Davis
Creator of Humans of Purpose
Luke Dean-Weymark
Luke Dean-Weymark
Co-Director at Compass Studio
Stephanie Devine
Stephanie Devine
Founder of The Very Good Bra
Steven De Pasquale
Steven De Pasquale
Senior Development Manager for Pavilions Residences at MIRVAC
Chris Freel
Chris Freel
CEO of UnLtd
Dan Gammell
Dan Gammell
Investor at First Light
Nicole Garofano
Nicole Garofano
Head of Circular Economy Development at Planet Ark
Nina Gbor
Nina Gbor
Founder of EcoStyles
Lisa Green
Lisa Green
Head of Comms & Marketing at TerraCycle ANZ
Yasmin Grigaliunas
Yasmin Grigaliunas
Co-founder of World's Biggest Garage Sale
Chris Hay
Chris Hay
CCO at St Baker Energy Innovation Fund
Ross Harding
Ross Harding
Principal of Finding Infinity
George Hedon
George Hedon
Founder of Pause Fest
Bonnie Herring
Bonnie Herring
Director of Sustainability at Breathe
Joanne Howarth
Joanne Howarth
Founder of Planet Protector Packaging
Dr David Ireland
Dr David Ireland
Director at The Growth Drivers
Jared Ingersoll
Jared Ingersoll
Sustainability Lead at Canva
Shahrzad Kahrobai
Shahrzad Kahrobai
Founder of THESPOTBEAUTY
Jordy & Julia Kay
Jordy & Julia Kay
Founders of Great Wrap
Christie Kamphuis
Christie Kamphuis
Co-founder of Bettercup
Anna Jane Linke
Anna Jane Linke
Founder of Seaside Scavenge
Andy Marks
Andy Marks
Sustainability Leader, Social Entrepreneur, Artist
Sanaya Khisty
Sanaya Khisty
Chief Strategy Officer at Beyond Zero Emissions
Julie Mathers
Julie Mathers
Founder of Flora & Fauna
Robyn McLean
Robyn McLean
Co-Founder of The Hello Cup
Emily Medbury
Emily Medbury
Executive Creative Director at Fungi Solutions
Anna Minns
Anna Minns
Co-founder of Boomerang Labs
Jaine Morris
Jaine Morris
COO at Coreo
Louise Nash
Louise Nash
Founder of Circularity
Jennifer Nielsen
Jennifer Nielsen
Founder of ekko.world
Rik Olthuis
Rik Olthuis
Footwear Design and Innovation at YY Nation
Dr Miles Park
Dr Miles Park
Senior Lecturer & Researcher at UNSW
Heidi Peuten
Heidi Peuten
Co-Founder of Ulu Hye
Peita Pini
Peita Pini
Founder of The Swag
Sara Rickards
Sara Rickards
Founder of Futuregiving
Jenny Ringland
Jenny Ringland
Co-founder of Green + Simple
Dr Kate Ringvall
Dr Kate Ringvall
Technical Director Circular Economy at GHD
Kelley Sheehan
Kelley Sheehan
Founder of Peppermint Magazine
Kelley Sheenan
Kelley Sheenan
Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Peppermint Magazine
Tim Silverwood
Tim Silverwood
Co-Founder of Ocean Impact Organisation
Naomi Tarszisz
Naomi Tarszisz
Founder of RePlated
Sophie Treasure
Sophie Treasure
Sustainability Manager at Tourism Australia
Matt Whiley
Matt Whiley
Founder of Re–
Sally Williams
Sally Williams
Sustainability Brand Ambassador
Danling Xiao
Danling Xiao
Co-founder at ReCo
Phoebe Yu
Phoebe Yu
Founder of ettitude
Maggie Zhou
Maggie Zhou
Writer & Producer at Refinery29

Judging criteria

Better is a direction, not a destination.

We’re not just looking for entries that are doing everything perfectly, our focus is recognising those demonstrating a commitment to a better future and pushing things in the right direction. 

All entries are judged against the following six criteria:

01 Innovation

Does it break conventions and unlock opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be possible?

02 Impact

Is it currently delivering a positive impact at a significant scale?

03 Efficiency

Is it delivering impact that’s disproportionate to the resources available to the team?


04 Circularity

How effectively is it implementing circular/regenerative practices to achieve the positive outcome?

05 Accountability

Have standards been verified by independent third-party accreditations or certifications?

06 Vision

Is there an ambition beyond the current manifestation and a clear plan for how it will be achieved?

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