Yes, it is indeed. Stand by with your votes, because it’s all change in the 20th year of the prestigious Diver Awards. For reasons we’ll explain, we can no longer wait until the end of the year!

The Diver Awards celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, and normally we’d wait until New Year’s Eve to gather in the last of your votes for the most deserving product and service providers in the diving industry.
But to mark this milestone – one that underlines the prestigious nature of these annual accolades –  Diver has decided to shift the goalposts – with, we hope, your approval and your assistance. 
By asking you to vote for your 2017 nominees between now and the end of September, we will be able to present the Awards in public at the Dive Show of the Year – that’s DIVE 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham in late October. 
The results will be showcased in Diver as before, but not until later in the year, which means that the winners announced at the Show will not have been pre-publicised. 
And then we’ll repeat the process at the same time in 2018!
So please have a deep think about those people in the business, at home and abroad, who make your diving special. 
We’re talking about those who design, build and supply our dive gear, arrange our dive-trips, provide our training, operate the liveaboards and open up their countries’ best dive-sites to us.
This is all about recognising and rewarding the high-quality products and services that make us happier and safer as divers, 
and providing an incentive for suppliers to aim ever-higher. 
To participate, fill in the online form  here < http://www.divernet.com/polls/p320356-diver-awards-2017.html >
You have until midnight on 30 September to submit your nominations – but why not just go ahead and do it now?
THE AWARD CATEGORIES:
  • DIVER Brand of the Year Which badge on your dive gear speaks volumes about quality and reliability?
  • DIVER Product of the Year Which do you consider the most exciting item of kit to emerge in 2016?
  • DIVER Tour Operator of the Year Which company is best at arranging diving package holidays?
  • DIVER Dive Centre of the Year Which centre, anywhere in the world, seems to get it right more often than not?
  • DIVER Liveaboard of the Year It may be the facilities, the crew or the itinerary – name your ideal boat
  • DIVER Dive Destination of the Year Name the best country for divers to visit, and not necessarily the obvious!
  • DIVER Retailer of the Year Vote for any dive store that has given you good value and exemplary service
  • DIVER Newcomer of the Year There is an award, but you don't need to vote – the winners will emerge from among the newcomers with the most votes in the other categories.

  • DON'T WASTE YOUR VOTES - ONLY THOSE ENTRIES IN WHICH ALL SEVEN CATEGORIES ARE COMPLETED WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL COUNT.

    If you can't answer a question (e.g. Liveaboard of the Year - because you did not go on a liveaboard) then please enter N/A.

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS
    Please note that DIVER cannot accept: more than one coupon per envelope... more than one vote per person... faxed or photocopied forms... emailed votes other than through www.divernet.com, and then only one per email address... votes from employees or commercial associates for their own or associated organisations.
    * It is available to residents of the UK or Republic of Ireland aged 18 and above.
    * Closing date is 30 September 2017.