People Awards

Is there a fee to nominate a person?

It is 100% FREE to nominate a person in all categories.

Can I nominate a person more than once?

We only need one full nomination for it to qualify for the judges.

How long do I have to nominate?

You will have until the end of August to nominate a person.

What happens after the nominations are closed?

All nominations will then be reviewed by a panel of judges and the winner of each category will be decided upon.

Will I be contacted if my nomination is chosen by the judges?

The nominator for each winning People Award will be contacted and notified in advance of the winner being notified.

Product Awards

Who is allowed to enter a product or service?

Any company can enter a product/service that is available to the Irish market as of June 2018

How much is an entry?

1 entry costs €195 + VAT. We currently have an offer that allows 4 entries for the price of 3.

How long do I have to enter a product?

You have until June 1st to enter your product.

What happens after entries close?

Once the submission period is closed, all verified and completed entries will go through to the testing round where your product will be tested, voted and approved by parents. They will be tested either by home testing, at our Academy Day, site tested, and online voting – All categories will be voted for online by the public. The public vote will account for 20% of your overall result. The other 80% will be calculated from the Academy Day/Home Testing or Site Testing. The categories below will be 100% public vote as they cannot be physically tested and therefore must be online.

  • Best Baby Retailer
  • Best Family Brand
  • Best Santa Experience
  • Best Parenting Blog

Dates still to be confirmed but we will keep you up to date with the process and next steps and make sure you have plenty of time to prepare. The products and services with the highest votes and marks will become finalists.

How do I know how many samples I will need to send for testing?

Please refer to our Product Testing page to find out how many samples you will need. Find the category you entered/are entering.

Who tests my products?

We hand select testers that have signed up to test your product/s. We contact the company with the name and address of each tester with plenty of time to send your products. The company then sends the products to those addresses.

Can I get feedback from the testers?

After the awards ceremony on October 12th 2018, you may contact the Events department and we will organise feedback from the testers.

Voting

How many times can I vote?

The Boots maternity & infant Awards is a secure voting forum, allowing one vote per award.

Can I run a competition to promote the public vote?

No. It is against the Terms & Conditions to run any competitions/giveaways to promote a product/service in the public vote. We would however encourage all companies to utilize all marketing materials to promote the vote in other ways.

When will voting take place?

Voting will take place during the month of July.

Terms & Conditions

Overview

These Terms and Conditions (“Terms & Conditions”) govern any submissions you make to the maternity & infant Awards tab and/or the maternityandinfant.ie website associated with the maternity & infant Awards (“maternity & infant Awards”), which is being offered and used by Ashville Media Group and/or its subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, successors, brands, licensors, licensees, and/or agents (collectively, “Ashville Media Group”).

By posting or submitting any text, photograph or other material or information (each a “Communication”) to the maternity & infant Awards tab, the maternityandinfant.ie website, and/or any websites, forums, webpages, or other word-of-mouth systems or media (collectively, “WOM Channels”) pursuant to the maternity & infant Awards, you represent and warrant the following:
by uploading your Communication, you agree that your Communication conforms to all of the requirements indicated in the maternity & infant Awards Terms & Conditions; the decision regarding the appropriateness of the content of the submissions shall be at the sole discretion of Ashville Media Group; all content that you submit is accurate; you are at least eighteen (18) years of age.

Submission Guidelines

You further agree that, in participating in the maternity & infant Awards you shall not submit any Communication to WOM Channels that includes or references any one or more of the following:
information known by you to be false, inaccurate or misleading; offensive, profane, vulgar, obscene or inappropriate language or visuals; defamatory, libelous, or slanderous content; content which infringes any third party’s copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity, right of privacy, moral rights, and/or any other applicable personal or proprietary rights; content which violates any law, statute, ordinance or regulation (including, but not limited to, those governing export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination, and false advertising); content that engages in, encourages, advocates, discusses with the intent to commit, or provides instructions for conduct that would constitute a criminal or civil offense or would otherwise violate any federal, state, local or international law or rule; material or content that is, or may reasonably be considered to be, hate speech, whether directed at an individual or group, and whether based upon the race, sex, creed, national origin, religious affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or language of such individual or group or that is otherwise unlawfully threatening or unlawfully harassing to any individual, partnership, corporation, or political body; content depicting a health condition in a derogatory or inflammatory way or misrepresenting a health condition in any way; material or content for which you were compensated or granted any consideration by any other third party; content or materials in which you impersonate another person or entity; content or materials intended to create disruption or to mislead others interacting with the maternity & infant Awards, such as posting a Communication unrelated to the maternity & infant Awards designated topic or theme; third party websites, addresses, email addresses, contact information or phone numbers; or programming or materials containing any Trojan horses, computer viruses, worms, harmful code, or other potentially damaging computer programs or files.
Ashville Media Group shall have the right, but not the obligation, to remove or refuse to post any Communication made pursuant to the maternity & infant Awards that it deems, in its sole discretion, to violate the content submission guidelines noted above or any other provision of these Terms & Conditions or to take such action for any other reason it deems appropriate. Ashville Media Group does not guarantee that you will have any recourse through Ashville Media Group to edit or delete any Communication that you have submitted. You acknowledge that you, not Ashville Media Group, are responsible for the contents of any Communication(s) and your postings to any WOM Channels. None of the Communications that you submit shall be subject to any obligation of confidence on the part of Ashville Media Group and its third party service providers and agents or their respective directors, officers and employees.

IP and Right of Publicity Representations and Warranties

By submitting a Communication, you represent and warrant that you have the right to submit the Communication to Ashville Media Group. You also represent and warrant that the Communication is original, was created by you, and does not contain any material or information whose inclusion in the Communication and/or use by Ashville Media Group in connection with Ashville Media Group’s exploitation of the Communication hereunder would violate or infringe upon any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or persona, right of privacy, moral rights, or other personal or proprietary right of any person or entity or violate any law or regulation.
Each Communication submitted by you must consist entirely of material and/or information that is owned by you, including but not limited to any text, music, recordings, illustrations, photographic images, and videographic clips. By submitting a Communication, you represent and warrant that it does not contain any material or information that is owned or controlled by anyone other than you.

Release and Grant of Rights

For the good and valuable consideration of participating in and receiving the various benefits of the maternity & infant Awards through your submission of Communication(s) to WOM Channels, sufficiency of which you hereby acknowledge, you hereby grant to Ashville Media Group a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, fully sublicenseable and transferable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, transmit, display, and perform such Communication(s), in whole or in part, in any media, format or technology, whether now known or hereafter discovered, and in any manner including, but not limited to, all promotional advertising, marketing, publicity, and commercial uses and ancillary uses thereof, without any further notice or payment to or permission needed from you (except where prohibited by law). You also hereby grant to Ashville Media Group an unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, fully sublicensable and transferable right to use your name, nickname, user name, biographical information, vocal recordings of you, and/or any illustrations, photographic or videographic clips, portraits, likenesses or pictures of you or any other indicia of your right of publicity rights (collectively “Your Personal Content”) as contained in your Communication(s) submitted pursuant to Ashville Media Group, in composite or distorted form or as otherwise incorporated into other creative works of authorship, in any media, format or technology, whether now known or hereafter discovered, and in any manner including, but not limited to, all promotional advertising, marketing, publicity, and commercial uses and ancillary uses thereof, without any further notice or payment to or permission needed from you (except where prohibited by law).You also agree to waive any applicable moral rights to Your Personal Content as contained in your maternity & infant Awards Communication(s) for such identified uses. Without limitation of the foregoing, submission of a Communication pursuant to the maternity & infant Awards constitutes your agreement that Ashville Media Group is permitted (but is not obligated) to display the Communication online for public viewing and/or comment (whether on Ashville Media Group’s web pages or on third party web pages), to incorporate the Communication in online and offline promotional advertising, marketing, and/or other commercial materials, and to reproduce, adapt and distribute the Communication in all media whether now known or later developed.

By submitting a Communication to a WOM Channel pursuant to the maternity & infant Awards, you hereby agree to release, hold harmless and indemnify on behalf of yourself and your successors, assigns and representatives, Ashville Media Group and each of its respective officers, directors and employees from and against any and all claims, suits, actions, demands, liabilities and damages of any kind whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the use of such Communication by Ashville Media Group, including, without limitation, any and all claims for copyright infringement, invasion of privacy, violation of the right of publicity or of moral rights, and/or defamation. Without limitation of the foregoing, in no event will you be entitled to, and you waive any right to, enjoin, restrain or interfere with use of the Communication or Your Personal Content embodied in such Communication or the exploitation of any of the Ashville Media Group’s rights as provided herein.
You are not a professional actor. To your knowledge, the Communication, or any part thereof, that you post to a WOM Channel pursuant to the maternity & infant Awards, has not been included in or planned for use in any other advertising or promotional materials.
Your Communication(s) will reflect your honest views and personal experiences with the maternity & infant Awards (and you agree, if necessary, to furnish appropriate testimonial affidavits). You will promptly notify Ashville Media Group if your opinion of the maternity & infant Awards changes from that which you have expressed in your Communication(s).
You understand that Ashville Media Group is relying upon the foregoing representations and warranties, grants of rights and licenses, and releases in exchange for your participation in the maternity & infant Awards. You acknowledge that you may not terminate or rescind the grants of rights and licenses and/or the releases contained herein.

Choice of law, Venue and Jurisdiction

These Terms & Conditions shall be governed by and interpreted in all respects in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Ireland. If any provision of these Terms & Conditions is determined to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein. These Terms & Conditions set forth the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. Ashville Media Group reserve the right to amend and/or vary these terms and conditions as it deems appropriate.
If you do not agree with the content of these Terms & Conditions and/or do not want your Communication considered for any of Ashville Media Group’s and its brands’ promotional purposes, including but not limited to online and offline advertising materials related to Ashville Media Group and any one or more of its brands, do not check the box below or select the submit button.

Rules for Entry for Participating Companies in the Product Categories

€195+ VAT submission fee per product will be payable.
Should you require assistance with picking a category, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.
You may enter multiple products if you wish but each product requires a separate form and incurs a separate entry fee.

Entries will only be accepted once a cleared payment has been received.
Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
All products entered must be available for purchase in Ireland before July 2018.
The named person on the entry form will be the main point of contact for maternity & infant Family Awards. If this name changes, maternity & infant Family Awards Team must be informed immediately.
The product and company name on the submission form is how your company/ product will be represented throughout the awards process and online.
All products/ services marked “Tested Products” which are shortlisted will be tested by a panel of parents and judges selected by maternity & infant. Each product will be marked against a set of criteria including durability, quality, functionality and style. Each service will be marked against a set of criteria including, value for money, product range, accessibility and family friendliness.
Shortlisted products will be notified and announced once all of the votes have been counted and verified.
Please contact us for advice if you are unsure. It is your responsibility to check and ensure that your samples arrive at each testers location within good time.
All costs associated with providing samples is the responsibility of the entrant. It is recommended that all samples be sent via courier to ensure that products arrive at the destination on the correct day. maternity & infant accept no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected products. Products received will not be returned unless a written request is received in advance of products being sent to testers.
For site tested catgories, it is a condition that the venue/business provide a site inspection free of charge for 2 adults and 2 children unless otherwise stated. Please contact the maternity & infant Family team if you are unsure. All costs associated with the visit is the responsibility of the entrant.
Tested products: Winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on October 12th 2018. All products who enter agree that should they be shortlisted for an Award they will provide a representative to attend the award ceremony to accept the trophy.

Ashville Media Group reserves the right to reclassify a product or service that is entered in the wrong category.
Ashville Media Group reserve the right to amend or remove any awards categories.
The judges decision is final and correspondence will not be entered in to.
If an entrant wins an award it grants permission to Ashville Media Group to use any photographs, video, sound, written or other material as it sees fit and without restriction.
Ashville Media Group reserve the right to not award a category at its own discretion. If this is the case a full refund will be provided for all entries of the withdrawn category.
Sponsors are not permitted to enter the category that they are sponsoring.
Ashville Media Group reserve the right to change dates and times at its own discretion.

Rules for Entry participating Companies in the People Categories

All People categories are open for nominations. There is no cost for nominations.
All nominations must include full name, contact number, email and address of both nomination and nominee and a full description of why this person deserves the award. Word count must not go over 1000 words. Terms and conditions must be read before agreeing to nominate a person.
Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

All nominations will be presented to a panal of expert Judges.
The nominators of the winners will be invited for recorded interviews about the winners. These videos will be subjected to viewing at the Boots maternity and infant Family awards on October 12th.
Ashville Media Group reserve the right to amend or remove any awards categories.
The judge’s decision is final and correspondence will not be entered in to.
If an entrant wins an award it grants permission to Ashville Media Group to use any photographs, video, sound, written or other material as it sees fit and without restriction.
Sponsors are not permitted to enter the category that they are sponsoring.
Ashville Media Group reserve the right to change dates and times at its own discretion.
There is no cost for nominations.

Branding

Ashville Media Group will provide participating companies with maternity and infant Family social media images and/or banners for you to promote voting for your product for the 2018 maternity & infant Family Awards. The logos and banners must not be altered without the express permission of Ashville Media Group.
You must ensure that you do not use the maternity & infant Family name, logo and/or banners in a way that suggests that maternity & infant Family Awards is endorsing your company, product or service. maternity & infant Family Awards does not and will not, in any way, endorse a specific product or service in the awards. maternity & infants Family announcement of the top products/ services/ winners does not constitute an endorsement, it is a recommendation by parents and readers.

Winning/ Finalist seal will be provided in JPEG format free of charge. Any other format will be chargeable. Logos must not be amended, distorted or changed in any way.

Voting Rules

To vote for your favorite product, you may go to the website and follow the instructions given there. You may vote for one product in each category. Once you have made your selections (you must vote in at least one category) you must provide a valid email address and register your details for your votes to count.

Once you have submitted your choices you will automatically be sent an email which you must open and click a link within in order to ensure your votes count. This validates the email address you provided and will take you to the maternity & infant Family website where you will see a confirmation that your votes will be counted.

If you enter an invalid email address you will not receive a verification email so your votes cannot be counted. If you do not click the link on the validation email (even if your email address is valid) before the close of voting, then your votes will not be counted.
The result of the vote will be based on the total of all valid votes received via all valid voting methods and by the closing date and time. Please note that votes that have been sent but not yet received or validated by the closing date and time will not be counted.
NO PURCHASE OF ANY SORT IS NECESSARY to vote and there is no charge to enter the maternityandinfant.ie/ awards website.

maternity & infant reserves the right to reclassify a product or service that is entered in the wrong category.

maternity & infant reserve the right to amend or remove the awards categories.
Only one vote per person per category will be accepted. Multiple votes (block voting) will not be counted.
Participating Companies can encourage their customers to vote for their product or service as long as they do not offer any form of reward and/ or incentive for voting.
Voting results announced and published by maternity & infant are final.
Ashville Media Group accept no responsibility for lost or misdirected votes.
Votes from participating companies will not be counted.
By submitting your email address you are giving permission to be contacted by maternity & infant, should it prove necessary.

By entering the Competition, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.

All voting will be subject to verification and certification by an independent third party auditor. No automatic, programmed, robotic or similar means of voting are permitted. Voters and Participants who do not comply with these Terms and Conditions, or who attempt to interfere with the voting process or the operation of the Web Site in any way will be disqualified and their votes will not be counted. Ashville Media reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend voting should any virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the voting process. All decisions regarding the voting process shall be final and shall not be subject to challenge or appeal.
In the unlikely event of a tie, where two or more nominees receive the same amount of votes, the tied nominees will all be put forward for the Shortlist stage of voting.
The judges decision is final and correspondence will not be entered in to.
Neither Ashville Media Group or its sub-contractors accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any network or line, system, software, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any nomination being lost or not properly registered or recorded.

Ashville Media Group reserve the right to disqualify votes if it has reasonable grounds to suspect, having regard to all circumstances and information available to it at the relevant time, that fraudulent voting has occurred, such that it is designed to excessively manipulate the outcome of the vote or otherwise.
Ashville Media Group may, at its sole discretion, change the dates of entry into the Competitions and/or the dates on which the Competitions will be promoted and Ashville Media reserves the right to alter, amend or withdraw these terms and conditions and/or the Competitions without prior notice.
Ashville Media Group cannot promise that the service and/or system will be free from errors or omissions nor that it will be available uninterrupted and in a fully operating condition. The service and/or system may be suspended temporarily and without notice in the case of unavailability of the website or other service for one or more days before the closing date, illness, natural disaster, malicious damage, system failure, maintenance or repair or for reasons beyond the reasonable control of Ashville Media Group. Ashville Media Group may suspend, withdraw or re-set this interactive service in its sole discretion at any time. Ashville Media will not be liable to you or to any other person in the event that all or any part of the service and/or system is discontinued, modified or changed in any way.
When you register and vote with Ashville Media Group we collect your name and email address only for authentication purposes and maternity & infant award purposes. We will not provide your details to third-party companies and sponsors.