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The DAME - Design Award is the most significant marine equipment competition of its kind, anywhere in the world. For 29 years, it has focused attention on the art and science of design in all aspects, from styling, functionality and innovation, through to ease of implementation, practicality of use – and even packaging. It is judged by a panel of top naval architects, boat, interior and industrial designers, plus user experts. To be nominated and then to win a DAME Category and attain the ultimate prize of DAME Award Overall Winner marks a product as being at the pinnacle of design practice in the industry.
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.
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Participation in the competition is open to manufacturers and authorized suppliers who are registered as exhibitors or co-exhibitors at the METSTRADE Show.
You can register your product to take part in the competition within the Exhibitor Portal.
A registration fee of €150.00 (excluding VAT) will be charged per product entry. This fee is non-refundable and will be donated to our designated charity.
Please note: entry for the 2020 DAME Design Award will open this summer.
17 November 2020: Announcement Winner DAME 2020 at the Breakfast Briefing.
The category awards are presented in seven categories. Each category will have several nominees and an eventual winner. Triskel Marine Integrel was chosen as the overall winner of the DAME Design Award 2018.
Each year the combined registration fees for the DAME Design Award are donated to a nominated charity, as a way for the METSTRADE community to give something back to society. The 2019 DAME Charities are Sailing4Handicaps and The Little Optimist Trust.