15 - 16 - 17 November 2016

DAME - 25th anniversary in 2015!

The DAME Design Award - the most prestigious international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories - celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015! Over the past 25 years, independently appointed judges examined thousands of products in specific marine categories. The DAME Design Award has come to set the pace for new concepts and designs in the worldwide leisure marine industry. Participation in DAME Awards is exclusively reserved to METSTRADE exhibitors.

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Design Award METS

DAME jury 2015

DAME jury 2015

DAME Award Winner 2014 METS

DAME 2015 Overall Winner

The prestigious DAME Design Award has gone to joint winners for the first time in its 25-year history. Jury chair Bill Dixon presented the overall DAME award to the Lume On™ LED light from Spinlock and the Electric Stabilising Fin & Interceptor System from Humphree.

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Jury report 2015

DAME Jury report METS 2014 

The DAME Design Award Categories

The DAME Design Award Jury carefully assess entries for overall design, build quality, functionality, and use of materials. Other factors taken into account are originality, ergonomics and price/quality ratio. The short listed products are divided into seven categories:

  • Marine electronics and related software
  • Interior equipment, furnishings, materials, and electrical fittings used in cabins
  • Marina equipment, boatyard equipment, and boat construction tools and materials
  • Deck equipment, sails and rigging
  • Clothing and crew accessories
  • Lifesaving and safety equipment
  • Machinery, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems, and fittings
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About the DAME Design Award

The DAME Design Award was initiated in 1991 to recognize the best designed product at the METSTRADE show. Since then it has become the world’s leading annual design competition for the marine equipment and accessories industry. In 2007 the METSTRADE organization has decided together with the Exhibition Committee to support every other year a marine related government approved public charity that needs financial backing. With this initiative METSTRADE aims to show her involvement in the marine industry. In 2013 The DAME Design Award proceeds were offered to Sailability Foundation The Netherlands and Freedom Waters Foundation based in USA. All participants of The DAME Design Award are required to pay a fee of € 150 per registration. The collected registration fees will go to a selected charity. The total proceeds depend on the number of entries registered for The DAME Design Award every year, therefore no guarantees can be given.

Since 2005 RAI Amsterdam supports AMREF Flying Doctors. Therefore AMREF is appointed as The DAME Design Award charity by the Exhibition Committee, for every even year. The 2014 donations will contribute to sustainable water access for the Masai in Kajiado, Kenya. This project focuses on a reduction in the number of water-related diseases by improving access to safe drinking water for approximately 50,000 people. The proceeds of the DAME Design Award 2015 went to the Dutch charity Sailability. The foundation enables disabled people to independently enjoy sailing via a nationwide network of partner yacht clubs.