The RNIB See Differently Awards will recognise exceptional individuals and teams across six categories.

Campaigner of the Year, sponsored by Sony

Category sponsor Sony

This award recognises individuals who have shown great commitment in raising awareness of sight loss or successfully campaigning on an issue(s) that affects people who are blind or partially sighted. Successful nominees will be able to display how their efforts have positively impacted blind and partially sighted people in the UK.

Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Heathrow Airport

Heathrow airport logo

The Innovator of the year award recognises individuals, or organisations, that have developed a new product, technology, or service which has significantly benefited people who are blind or partially sighted. Nominees will need to demonstrate how they have developed the concept and outline how their innovation has improved the lives of people with sight loss.

Community contributor of the Year, sponsored by Novartis

Category sponsor Novartis

This award recognises unsung heroes of the sight loss community.  The nominee may have had a life changing impact on the nominator, another individual, or their local community.  They are someone who consistently dedicates themselves to improving opportunities of people with sight loss and has achieved incredible results through their work or volunteering.  The successful nominee will be an inspiring individual who strives to raise awareness of issues around sight loss, break down the barriers people face or goes above and beyond to empower and support people with sight loss.

Social media influencer of the Year, sponsored by Amazon Alexa 
Amazon Alexa sponsor logo

This award recognises someone who has used social media to break down the barriers faced by blind and partially sighted people or to promote and galvanise support for a social issue affecting the sight loss community.  The winner of the award will have; encouraged and achieved meaningful audience discussion, demonstrated creativity to drive community involvement and improved reach, impact and sustained participation across social media channels.

Team of the Year, sponsored by Alcon

Category sponsor Alcon

This award seeks to recognise a team that has made a significant contribution to improving the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted. These could be sports teams, teams from eye health and sight loss sectors, support teams, or groups who do community and charity work together. Nominated teams should demonstrate excellent teamwork, direction, leadership, collaboration, and achievement.  

Employer of the Year, sponsored by RNIB 

The Employer of the year award will recognise an organisation which has gone above and beyond to support blind and partially sighted employees. From making significant efforts to ensure their hiring process is fully accessible, to raising awareness of sight loss amongst their employees. Whatever the specific action they have taken, the winner of this award will have demonstrated that they have instilled clear values as an inclusive employer.

Read about our shortlisted finalists. Winners will be announced on 26 November.