2019 YAwards



YAwards, created by Australia’s leading women’s empowerment magazine YMag®, celebrates, encourages and inspires successful and aspiring women across Australia through their new awards program.

YMag®’s CEO & Founder Shar Moore is passionate about providing opportunities for women living their Y to be showcased and profiled Nationally in Australia and the YAwards is another medium for achieving this. Nothing gives her greater joy, than sharing women working from the heart, doing what they love and getting the recognition they so do deserve.

What are the YAwards?

The YAwards celebrates, encourages and inspires successful and aspiring businesswomen from around Australia. 

As a business community, we want women to achieve greater success, by spotlighting amazing talent and showcasing role models.

This year, we have eight categories you can nominate for, plus two overall awards that our judges will decide the winners (based on entries into other categories).

Celebrate the ambition and success of an amazing woman – yourself or someone you know – by nominating in the YAwards 2019 today.

Key dates for your diary

Entries Open: Monday 29th April 2019

Entries Close: Monday 5th August 2019 at 5pm

Awards Night: Saturday 28 September 2019 Gold Coast

(During YFactor magazine two day conference)

YAward Categories

 Celebrating the achievements of women in business  across Australia 

Most Inspirational Y
You will be an inspiration. You’ve overcome adversity and created your own best life. You are living your Y with purpose and you have a story that needs to be celebrated.

Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award celebrates the achievements of women representing the next generation of future leaders.

Innovation Award
Our Innovation Award will be given to the individual or business who are creating innovative and original products and/or services that have the WOW factor. They’re at the forefront of modern innovation with their ideas and developments.

Start-Up of the Year
This award recognises the most innovative and disruptive start-ups, companies and people who are demonstrating the most promising signs of success.

Business Owner of the Year
The Business Owner of the Year Award recognises the efforts of senior leaders who are championing female opportunities in the workplace, and actively supporting its female talent pipeline above and beyond normal expectations.

Community Award
This award is designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals and businesses are making in the community.

The Disruptor Award
This award celebrates impactful women who are leading the way in business. They’re game-changing, rule breakers and trouble-makers, who push through barriers to create their own success and that of their business.

Small Business Champion Award
The Small Business Champion Award is recognition for an outstanding small business and their performance on all levels. They are leaders in the community, business, workplace and champion women in business.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q/ What is the final date I can submit my entry?
A/ The last date we can accept entries is at 5pm on Monday 5th August 2019, to allow sufficient time for our judges to review all applications.

Q/ Where do I send my completed nomination?
A/ It must be sent as one complete entry with all supporting digital files to marketing@sharmoore.com.au with the subject ‘Award Application’

Q/ Do I need to be a subscriber of YMag® magazine to enter the YAwards?
A/ No you don’t need to be a subscriber, but of course we know you would love our magazine so it may be worth considering!

Q/ Is there an entry fee to enter the YAwards by YMag®
A/ No there is no entry fee to enter the awards this year

Q/ Where and when is the YAwards gala dinner being held?
A/ The YAwards by YMag® Gala dinner will be held on Saturday 28th September 2019 on the Gold Coast and will be part of the two day magazine conference for professional women called YFactor. You can find out more by CLICKING HERE

Q/ Can I just attend the YAwards by YMag® gala dinner and not the YFactor two day experience?
A/ Yes of course! You can just frock up, bring your family, team and friends and make it your early christmas party, or you can immerse yourself with a very inspirational community of women and make a weekend end of it. The choice is yours!

Q/ How many finalists will there be per category?
A/ There will be 10 finalists per category, selected by our expert judging panel and on the night, a Gold, Silver and Bronze place will be announced.

Q/ If I am lucky enough to become a finalist, will I receive a finalist badge to share on social media and use on my emails and website?
A/ Absolutely! We will provide you a beautiful YAwards finalist badge you can share proudly. You deserve it!

Q/ How do you select the ten finalists per awards category?
A/ We have selected an expert panel of judges who will all see your nomination form and score your application in five key areas. These scores will then be totalled up by our awards secretariat and the 3 winners will be determined. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Q/ Are there prizes for the winners?
A/ Yes, the winners will all share in a prize pool worth $5000. Prizes cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash.

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