Nominations Announced For 2022 Audio Productions Award

Poppy Jay & Rubina Pabani, have been confirmed as the hosts of this year’s Audio Production Awards ceremony to be held on Wednesday 23rd November. The Awards, sponsored by Audible, will be held at a gala evening at the BFI on London’s South Bank.

The APAs, organized by AudioUK (the trade body which champions and supports independent audio production businesses in the UK), celebrate outstanding achievement in audio production across a huge range of audio content including; podcasts, audiobooks, sound design, radio, presenting and more.

Producer, Sound Designer and Presenter Axel Kacoutié received nominations across three categories, as did Producer Victoria Ferran, nominated for Best Arts & Culture Producer, Best Entertainment Producer and Producer of the Year.

Presenter category nominees include talkSPORT’s Leanne Sanderson for Best New Voice, Claudia Wrinkleman and Rob Beckett for Best Presenter, BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Throwback Party hosts Joel, Keke and DJ Silk for Best Ensemble Cast, and Minnie Driver for Bonnier Books UK for Best Narrator.

Carousel, an organization supporting learning disabled people to fulfill their creative ambitions in the arts, received a first time nomination for the Grassroots Production Award. Newcomer Talia Augustidis for Message Heard received two nominations for Best New Producer and Best New Voice. Plus a new category for 2022, Publisher or Network of the Year, proved “tough competition,” said judges.

Bernard Achampong, Founder of Unedited, Vice Chair of AudioUK and Chair of Judges said:

“This year we received a record breaking number of entries across the 22 categories which reflects the sheer growth, creativity and talent working in this space. It is so encouraging to see, and such an exciting industry to be part of. Our vision is to champion the most outstanding producers whose work we will listen back to in 20 years time and all be proud of. Congratulations to all the nominees, I’m looking forward to raising a glass to the winners of 2022.”

Audio Production Awards 2022 Nominees

Best Arts & Culture Producer

Hannah Dean – Falling Tree Productions
Hannah Hufford – BBC Audio
Geoff Bird – Freelance
Lyndsay Fenner & Victoria Lloyd – Storyglass
Steven Rajam – Overcoat Media
Victoria Ferran – Just Radio

Best Audiobook Producer

Chris Thompson – Penguin Random House
David Beck – Wireless Theatre for Audible
Kathleen Moroney – Red Apple Creative for Audible
Laura-Leigh Smith – String and Tins for Audible
Lily Ridett – Freelance
Tanya Hougham – HarperCollins

Best Branded Sound Producer

Adam Venton – Little Monster Media
Ali Rezakhani – BBC Sounds
Chris Nicoll – WIZZFX
Kenny Southavy- Reelworld
Luke Berry – BBC Popular Music Station Sound
Sam Parker – WIZZFX

Best Drama & Fiction Podcast

Andrew Mark Sewell – B7 Productions
Barnaby Eaton-Jones & Ian Haig – Idea Hat Productions
Celia de Wolff – Pier Productions
Jacqueline Rayner – Big Finish Productions
Melanie Harris – Sparklab Productions
Nicholas Jackson – Afonica

Best Ensemble Cast

Elis James & John Robins – Audio Always
Helen Brown, Terri Sweeney, Emma Goswell & Been Khetani – Effin Hormones
Joelah, Keke & DJ Silk – 1Xtra’s Throwback Party
Kat Anderson & Natalia Anderson – Expat Immigrant Podcast
Kim Davis & Raffaella Coleman – The Scene
William Hanson & Jordan North – Audio Always

Best Entertainment Producer

Adem Waterman – Absolute Radio
Lorna Skingley – 7digital
Lucy Dearlove – Storyglass
Meera Kumar – Buddy
Ore Olukoga – TBI Media
Victoria Ferran – Just Radio

Best Factual Producer Sponsored by In:Quality

Axel Kacoutié – Falling Tree Productions
Eva Krysiak – Freelance
Joshua Kelly – The Guardian
Kate Taylor – Audible
Redzi Bernard – Falling Tree Productions
Russell Finch – Wondery

Best Lifestyle & Society Producer (New for 2022) Sponsored by BetterHelp

Andrew Gold – Freelance
Anouska Tate – Freelance
Lina Prestwood – Scenery Studios
Sangeeta Pillai – Soul Sutras
Selina Ream – Somethin’ Else
Sylvie Carlos – Unedited

Best Music Producer

Arthur Hagues – Prison Radio Association
Helen Watherhead – Audio Always
Jack Howson
Kate Callin – Multitrack
Keana Bernard – BBC Audio
Nate Goodman – We Are Grape

Best Narrator

Andy Serkis – HarperCollins
Julie Hesmondhalg – Harper Collins
Kristin Atherton – Penguin Random House
Minnie Driver – Bonnier Books UK
Tom Alexander. HarperCollins
Tracy Wiles – Almost Tangible

Find more categories HERE.

Audio Production Awards Back to In-Person Event for 2021

AudioUK has announced that this year’s Audio Production Awards (APAs), sponsored by Audible, will once again be an in-person event to be held on Wednesday 24th November.

The awards will be held at the BFI on London’s South Bank, as in the preceding 2020, when the awards were held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The APAs, organized by Audio UK, and sponsored by Audible, celebrate the craft skills behind all forms of Audio production – podcasts, radio, audiobooks, and more.

The Awards are open to all Audio producers, from podcasters, to audiobooks, to BBC and commercial radio and community stations, to sound designers, as well as production companies working across all forms of Audio.

There will be awards for the best Audio producer in comedy, arts, factual entertainment, sports, news and more, as well as a range of best presenter and narrator awards, plus the Production Company of the Year award. Once again, the Grassroots Production award will celebrate producers, teams and organizations working close to their communities, and this category will be free to enter, recognizing the particular challenges faced in that part of the sector.

In addition, there will be a new award for Best Gaming Sound Producer, recognizing the importance of audio in computer games and gaming apps. There will also be the new AudioUK Award given to a truly outstanding individual, collective or moment.

Unless specifically stated otherwise, every category is open to all forms of Audio, which includes podcasts, radio (on-air or online), audiobooks and all other non-broadcast audio. Productions of any budget range are eligible, and AudioUK’s panel of experienced judges will take into account the differing circumstances of production across the qualifying period.

Entry fees have been capped for the fourth year in a row, reflecting the challenging circumstances many still find themselves in. We have also introduced a number of pay what you can entry places for freelances, who would otherwise find the entry fee prohibitive.

The APAs, which will accept entries from noon on the 18th of August, until noon on Friday 24th September, are open to production talent from across the whole of the UK, with the entry fee frozen at £35+VAT for AudioUK members and £45+VAT for non-members. AudioUK will also be providing a limited number of ‘pay what you can’ entries for freelancers, for how the entry fee would mean they could not enter otherwise.

UK’s Audio Production Awards Goes Online for 2020

AudioUK has announced that the winners of this year’s Audio Production Awards (APAs) will be announced online on Thursday 26th November. All the usual 20 awards will be included, plus an additional category to recognize content produced in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The APAs, organized by AudioUK, celebrate the craft skills behind radio, podcast and audiobook production, with a ceremony normally taking place on London’s South Bank. Due to ongoing uncertainties resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s APAs will be adapted for an online celebration.

As always there will be awards for the best producer in comedy, arts, factual, podcasts, audiobooks as well as a range of best presenter/narrator awards, plus the special Gold award and the ‘Production Company of the Year’. Once again, the ‘Grassroots Production’ category will celebrate producers, teams and organizations working close to their communities, and this category will be free to enter, recognizing the particular challenges faced in that part of the sector.

In addition there will be a new ‘Life in Lockdown Award’, for innovative and/or creative production during the UK’s official COVID-19 lockdown period from 23 March to 10 May 2020.Unless specifically stated otherwise, every category is open to all forms of audio, which includes radio (broadcast via airwaves or online) and all podcast/downloadable/non-broadcast audio.

The APAs, which will accept entries from today until noon on Friday 18 September, are open to production talent from across the whole of the UK, with the entry fee frozen again at 2018’s price of £35+VAT for AudioUK members and £45+VAT for non-members.

Full details are at

Audio Production Awards 2019 Nominations Announced

The list of nominations has been released for the 2019 Audio Production Awards (APAs), the premier awards for production skills across radio, audiobooks, and podcasting. The APAs, sponsored by leading audiobook publisher Audible, will be presented at a Gala event on Thursday 28 November, hosted by TV and radio presenter, Tommy Sandhu.

Nominees are from across UK production talent, including audio production companies, in-house producers and freelance producers of radio, podcasts, and audiobooks. Out-of-London companies featured range from Gusman in Falkirk to Sweet Talk in Sussex, via Allergra Productions in Suffolk, and Manchester’s Audio Always and Sparklab.

Nominees include Dame Kelly Holmes, shortlisted for the “New Voice Award”, and DJ Smoochie Shy (“Best Presenter”), while producers Cathy FitzGerald and Hana Walker-Brown each receive three nominations. David Walliams is nominated for Audio Performer of the Year.

The Grassroots Production Award, celebrating working with new and diverse talent, includes nominations for the Prison Radio Association and Radio Wanno at HMP Wandsworth, alongside Carousel, a Brighton-based charity helping learning-disabled artists develop their creative lives through radio and podcast projects, and Amliah, which works with Muslim women.

One easy way to see the full list of nominations is to visit the AudioUK Twitter account @WeAreAudioUK. They have posted a series of Tweets with details about who all of the nominees are. Tickets for the Thursday 28 November event are available through eventbrite.