This year’s awards will recognise exceptional individuals and teams across seven categories.
Campaigner of the Year Award
This award recognises an individual or team who has shown great commitment to successfully campaigning on an issue(s) that affect people who are blind or partially sighted, or that aims to raise awareness to prevent sight loss.
Entrants will need to show the impact of the campaign and how they achieved great results.
The award will be presented to an individual or team that has demonstrated and applied a new product, technology, or service which has significantly benefited people who are blind or partially sighted.
Entrants will need to outline how the innovation has improved the lives of people with sight loss and how it goes beyond general good practice.
Professional of the Year Award
The award will acknowledge an outstanding professional that provides exceptional care and support for children, young people or adults who are blind or partially sighted.
Entries are welcomed for nominees from all types of professional backgrounds in the eye health and sight loss sectors, for example, a rehabilitation officer, eye clinic liaison officer, ophthalmic nurse or teacher. Judges will be looking for an individual who goes beyond the call of duty.
Teacher of the Year Award
The award recognises an outstanding education professional that provides opportunities, education and/or support for children and young people who are blind or partially sighted.
Judges will be looking for an individual that can demonstrate how their work and professionalism is clearly supporting children and young people in the classroom with a vision impairment.
Team of the Year Award
The award seeks to recognise and reward a team that has made a significant contribution to improving the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted.
Entrants from the eye health and sight loss sectors should demonstrate excellent teamwork, direction, leadership, collaboration, and achievement.
Voice of the Community Award
This award seeks to champion the voice of blind and partially sighted people by rewarding an eye health or sight loss sector professional who has made a life-changing impact on people living with sight loss.
All members of the RNIB Connect community and the general public are welcome to nominate a professional for the Voice of the Community Award.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The judges will select their own shortlist for the Lifetime Achievement Award from the nominations made to all award categories. The winner of the title will be an exceptional individual who has dedicated their career to improving the lives of blind and partially sighted children, young people and/or adults.
Judges will be looking for an individual who has gone beyond the call of duty over an extended period of time. Please note, you will not be able to submit an entry for this award.
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If you have any questions about this year's RNIB Vision Pioneer Awards, please get in touch.