Welcome to the
Vegan of the Year Awards 2015!
The Vegan of the Year Awards recognise the achievements of talented and dedicated vegans worldwide. A quick online search reveals countless vegans worldwide doing amazing things to help save the lives of innocent animals. We want to recognise these great people for the work they are doing in their area to promote the vegan lifestyle. Vegans deserve worldwide applause, so these awards are our way of saying “you are vegan awesome!”
Who can enter?
Entry is open to all vegans worldwide and is free of charge. Nominees must have strictly followed the vegan lifestyle for at least one year with the intention of being vegan for life.
The vegan lifestyle encompasses a life completely free of the use of animals and their by-products. Essentially, this means: 1. Adherence to a 100% plant-based diet (no animal meat, fish, eggs, dairy or honey etc.); 2. All clothing and personal products worn and used must be vegan; and 3. Not using animals in any way for entertainment or any other purpose. This is not an exhaustive definition but just examples of the ways by which vegans live their lifestyle. Vegans do not use or consume any animal products or by-products. (the repetition here is deliberate).
From 2013 onwards, nominees for the Outstanding Vegan Business Award must be businesses owned by ethical vegans. i.e. business owners that are vegan because they love and respect animals as a priority and for this reason, will always keep their business 100 percent vegan, for life.
From 2015 onwards, the Vegan of the Year Awards will strive for intersectionality across all categories, with a special award dedicated to individuals who are specifically working towards an intersectional world.
“What is Intersectional Veganism?
– It is the understanding that all oppression, human and animal, is intimately linked.
– It is a serious attempt to undermine and deconstruct this oppression for all species.”
(definition quoted from Intersectional Vegans Australia FB group)
What’s new this year?
One new category: Outstanding Intersectional Approach to Veganism.
What are the categories for 2015?
1. Vegan of the Year
2. Young Vegan of the Year (under 21 years old)
3. Outstanding Vegan Website
4. Outstanding Animal Rescue/Animal Rights Organisation (must have a vegan and no-kill philosophy)
5. Outstanding Vegan Business
6. Outstanding Vegan Restaurant
7. Outstanding Vegan Athlete
8. Outstanding Vegan Innovator
9. Outstanding Vegan Volunteer
10. Outstanding Vegan Creative (e.g. photographer, musician, designer, author etc..)
11. Outstanding Vegan Media Outlet (e.g. vegan magazine, vegan TV, vegan radio etc..)
12. Outstanding Vegan Food Blogger
13. Outstanding Vegan Social Media Outreach
14. Outstanding Vegan Professional (e.g. naturopath, medical doctor, journalist, dietician, lawyer, academic etc..)
15. Outstanding Intersectional Approach to Veganism ( nominees can be vegans who are also eligible for any of the above categories)
We want your nominations!
You can nominate by writing the name of the person, business or organisation in a comment under this blog post or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The more information you include about the nominee, the better, but if you only have limited information about them, that’s fine too. Including the nominee’s website/social media links is very helpful. You can nominate the same person, organisation or business for multiple award categories.
If you know of someone who you feel deserves an Award but doesn’t fit into the above categories, please nominate them anyway and let us know why they deserve an Award. If they are that vegan awesome, we may invent a category just for them!
Nominations close: 14 September, 2015
Winners announced: 28 September, 2015
What do the winners receive?
All winners receive a certificate and a web badge/logo, that they are free to use in any way they choose. Many past winners use the certificate and winner’s badge on their websites, in their shop windows and on social media. Many past winners also use their Award status to get media articles written about them. It is a great opportunity to raise your profile among the vegan and non-vegan community.
Please share the content of this post with the worldwide vegan community on your blogs, podcasts, Facebook pages, Twitter, Instagram and any other way you can think of! Cheers and good luck to all nominees!