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Optician Awards 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Optician Awards

There can be a few more evocative numbers in optics than 2020 so what better year can there be to win an Optician Award.

This year’s line up of trophies offers a mix of perennial favourites for business, products and the individual. Whether your practice’s metier is fashion, families or the fundus we have something for you. There’s a similar spread of interest across the roles with accolades for optometrists, dispensing opticians, contact lens opticians and front of house teams up for grabs.

Industry hasn’t been forgotten. For many patients a trip to the Optician is about buying a product so we have categories for the best frame, lens and contact lens with awards recognising the quality of the products on offer and the expertise of the firms supplying them.

As ever the Optician wants to offer a new challenge to its readers and this year we have chosen the world of social media. For many years Optician Awards entrants have highlighted social media in their entries and this year it has it own showcase. Whether your media of choice is Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn be sure to consider an entry while choosing the categories you will be aiming for this year.

Chris Bennett
Editor-in-chief
Optician

Winners 2019

Scroll through to see the winners for 2019

Contact Lens Practice of the Year

Winner: Querido & Davidson


Finalists:
Boots Opticians, Braehead
Cooper & Barr Opticians
Specsavers, Cannock
Specsavers, Derby
Specsavers, Keighley

Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year

Winner: Maloney Opticians


Finalists:
Christopher Nixon, Christopher Nixon Optometrists
Marc Drake, Osmond Drake Opticians
Dipesh Chhatralia, Parker & Hammond Opticians
Lisa Pipe, Parley Optometrists

Contact Lens Product of the Year

Winner: Duette Progressive, SynergEyes UK


Finalists:
OptiExpert,CooperVision
Versa One Day Toric, mark'ennovy Personalized Care

Dispensing Optician of the Year

Winner: Sheryl Doe, Allegro Optical


Finalists:
Sheryl Doe, Allegro Optical
John Singh, Leightons Insight
Fraser McLean, Rachel Murray Eyecare
Tanja White, Specsavers, Bicester

Enhanced Optical Service Award

Winner: Rawlings Opticians, Croydon


Finalists:
Boots Opticians, Knightsbridge
Parley Optometrists
Rawlings Opticians, Croydon
Specsavers, Alton
Specsavers, Haverfordwest

The Family Optician of the Year

Winner: Coleman Opticians Hearing and Vision Centre


Finalists:
Cooper & Barr Opticians
Heather Bailey Optometrists
Planit Opticians
Specsavers, Keighley
Valli Opticians

Fashion Practice of the Year

Winner: Mincher-Lockett & Co Opticians Market Drayton


Finalists:
Clarke & Roskrow Styling Opticians
Park Vision
Rachel Murray Eyecare
Spexbox

Frame of the Year

Winner: Blackcap, Bird


Finalists:
1305, Cutler and Gross
L.A.Eyeworks model Topanga, Independent Eyewear
Xavier Garcia model Camila, Independent Eyewear
Reykjavik Eyes Black Label - Elena C1, Millmead Optical Group
Rapunzel S05, Specsavers
ATUM, YOU MAWO

Frame Stylist of the Year

Winner: Sarah Neath, Lamertons Opticians


Finalists:
Amiee Wheeler, Eyeworks London
Janan Choudhury, Spectacle Emporium
Rachelle Garcia-Russo, Station Road Opticians

Independent Practice of the Year

Winner: Frost Borneo Opticians


Finalists:
Glass & Glass Optometrists
Hammond and Dummer Opticians
Kings Hill Opticians
Lynne Fernandes Optometrists
Mackie Eyecare
O’Brien’s Opticians 

Lens Product of the Year

Winner: Shamir Autograph Intelligence, Shamir UK


Finalists:
ZEISS UVProtect Technology, Carl Zeiss Vision International
Crizal Sapphire UV, Essilor
ULTRATHIN, Waterside Laboratories

Low Vision Award

Winner: Stephanie Cairns, Sight Service


Finalists:
Judith Potts, Esme’s Umbrella
Mellis Eyecare
The Seeing Beyond the Eyes Team,
Visualise Training & Consultancy and Orbita Black

Multiple Practice of the Year

Winner: Specsavers, Bicester


Finalists:
Boots Opticians, New Milton
Specsavers, Chelmsley Wood
Specsavers, Haverfordwest
Specsavers, Sutton-in-Ashfield

Optical Assistant Team of the Year

Winner: Glass & Glass Optometrists


Finalists:
Boots Opticians, St Helens
Bowen Opticians
Clark Family Eyecare
Cooper & Barr Opticians
Specsavers, Bicester

Optical Supplier of the Year

Winner: Optos


Finalists:
24/7 Uptime
Heidelberg Engineering
Mainline Optical Connections
Ocuco
Optos
Scope Ophthalmics
Waterside Laboratories

Optometrist of the Year

Winner: Rebecca Rietdyke, Maloney Opticians


Finalists:
Cathy Dallimore, Edmonds & Slatter Opticians
Keyur Patel, K3 Healthcare
Catherine McNamara, Liverton Opticians
David Barker, Rawlings Opticians

Practice Growth Award

Winner: Hammond and Dummer Opticians


Finalists:
Allegro Optical
Benjamin Opticians
Flint and Partners
Parley Optometrists
Sask Optics
Station Road Opticians

Technology Practice of the Year

Winner: Tompkins Knight and Son Optometrists


Finalists:
Hammond and Dummer Opticians
Parley Optometrists
Radlett Opticians
Specsavers, Haverfordwest

Categories

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How to enter

The closing date for entries is Monday 13th January 2020

Sponsorship

Why you should sponsor the Optician Awards

The Optician Awards is recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the optical community and are a unique opportunity for the whole industry to gather on a single evening to celebrate the best in achievement, ability and performance. The 2020 Optician Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday 4th April at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole where you will see the industry’s leading movers and shakers gather to honour their peers in the optical community with well over 500 industry professionals in attendance.

Benefits include:

  • Alignment with the Optician magazine brand
  • Networking opportunity with 500+ senior Opticians and optical professionals
  • Table at the gala dinner and 2020 awards ceremony
  • Presentation of an award on the night
  • Visual marketing at the event
  • Logo on all electronic and print marketing before and after the event
Please get in touch with our sponsorship team to discuss how we can help your organisation maximise its exposure by becoming identified with the most prestigious awards in the industry.

To discuss your options, please contact: Darren Ward, Sales Manager on 020 7501 6668 or darren.ward@markallengroup.com

FAQS

Frequently Asked questions

Please see answers to some frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with the awards team on 020 7501 6782, who will be happy to help.

The ceremony will be held on Saturday 4 April 2020. You will be able to book your table in February once the shortlist has been announced.
The deadline to enter the awards is Monday 13th January 2020.
It is free to enter the Optician Awards.
A practice can enter a maximum of THREE of the practice awards. This does not include the individual awards.
The main component of your entry is the entry document. The entry document should be no more than 1,000 words. All key information listed in the criteria for the category needs to be in the entry document.

Supporting material is optional and does not contribute to the 1,000 word limit of the entry document. Supporting material may include, but is not limited to photographs, testimonials, graphs, pdfs of any printed material (adverts, brochures, news articles etc).
You should submit no more than 5 supporting documents. Each supporting document must have a maximum of 10 pages per file.
If you are entering the Frame of the Year, Contact Lens Product of the Year or the Lens Product of the Year, you should send us ONE example of your product to Valerie Amegatcher, Optician Awards, St Jude’s Church, Dulwich Road, London, SE24 0PB.
Samples will not be returned but collection may be arranged after judging. Please speak to the awards team at the time of entry.
Once you have submitted your entries, they will be processed by the awards team ready for judging. Judging takes place at the end of January and the shortlist will be announced shortly after.
The Optician Awards will be judged by a panel of experts specialising in different areas of optometry and the optical industry.
You will receive an email notifying you of the outcome of your entry(ies). The full shortlist will be published on this website in mid-February.
The announcement of the winners will be made at the Optician Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 4th April 2020.
Tickets for the dinner will be available to buy once the shortlist has been announced in the middle of February.
Please click here to read our terms and conditions

Contact Us

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us...

Darren Ward

Sales Manager

Sponsorship Enquiries

darren.ward@markallengroup.com

020 7501 6668

Shakira Browne

Events Manager

General Enquiries

shakira.browne@markallengroup.com

020 3915 9454

Valerie Amegatcher

Awards Marketing Executive

Entry and booking enquiries

valerie.amegatcher@markallengroup.com

020 3915 6218