1st November 2018

Outsider People of the Year Awards – Nominees wanted! Last week to enter.

The Outsider Magazine has put the call out searching for the most bad-ass, bold and downright ballsy outdoorsy people from the Irish outdoor and adventure scene in 2018!

They are looking for epic ascents, mega waves surfed, precocious achievers, records smashed … you get the drift. They have already heard many eye-boggling tales of feats achieved from our community of readers but we’re still looking for more nominations with the deadline the end of next week (9th November).

So if you know of an extraordinary individual or group of people who blew your mind with their inspirational effort or amazing achievement this year, they want to hear what they’ve been up to.

They are especially keen to make sure that the junior and female adventurers are well represented – so please don’t be shy. Or if you know someone that is hiding their light under a bushel, please email them on the sly so they can make a fuss of them!

Outsider Awards 2017 Recap: Who Took Home the Top Prizes?

To Make a Nomination

To make a nomination, please email [email protected] with ‘nomination’ in the subject. Please include the category, full name and contact details for yourself and your nominee, along with a short paragraph on why you believe they deserve an award. And yes – you can even nominate yourself!

Following your nominations, the winners of awards 1-10 will be chosen by our judges. The remainder of the categories will be decided by public vote.

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The 2017 Outsider Awards (Image: Kieran Harnett)

 What does it take to be considered for an Outsider award?

They are looking for stories of extraordinary achievement, spine-tingling inspiration, exploration, commitment, community spirit and downright craziness to pick up awards in the following categories:

The Judges Will Vote:

  1. Outsider Man of the Year – brought to you by Columbia Sportswear
  2. Outsider Woman of the Year – brought to you by Active Iron
  3. The Olly O’Neill Most Inspiring Person Award
  4. Best Newcomer or Breakthrough Achievement
  5. Youth Award − brought to you by Fulfil Nutrition
  6. Most Devoted to the Outdoor Scene (private individual)
  7. Most Devoted to the Outdoor Scene (professional) − brought to you by Signiatec
  8. Eco Hero Award – brought to you by Clean Coasts and Leave No Trace
  9. Eco Group Award – brought to you by Clean Coasts and Leave No Trace
  10. Waterway Champion Award – brought to you by Waterways Ireland

Public Vote Categories:

  1. Just Eat Fit Food Award
  2. Audience Choice Award − brought to you by Tullamore DEW
  3. Best Outdoor Adventure Event
  4. Best Outdoor Escape/Provider
  5. Best Outdoor Adventure Film
  6. Best Outdoor Adventure Photo

New for 2018, our Most Devoted to the Outdoor Scene Award (professional) will go to an individual whose job it is to promote and develop the Irish outdoor and adventure scene. They will have gone above and beyond in their work.

The Eco Hero Award – brought to you by Clean Coasts and Leave No Trace – is new for 2018. It recognises individuals that have taken environmental action within their chosen sport or outdoor pursuit, and encouraged others to follow their example. The main elements which will be considered by the judges are as follows:

  • Individual promoted environmental ethos in their area of outdoor activity, recreation or sport
  • Individual has adopted an environmental/leave no trace ethos
  • Individual promoted environmental actions of others and/or engaged in community group work
  • Individual is considered a role model or leader within field

The Eco Group Award – brought to you by Clean Coasts and Leave No Trace, recognises efforts made by communities (this includes community groups, sporting groups, business etc) that have made outstanding efforts in 2018 to improve their local environment. The award recognises environmental efforts taken by the community can take on any form that has improved its region, including tidy towns efforts, area clean-ups, promotion of environmental messaging, adoption of environmental practises etc. The main criteria which will be considered by the judges are:

  • Community ethos
  • Environmental action taken
  • Originality of approach
  • Impact of group action on wider community
  • Last year The Green Community Award was bagged by Dublin Clean Canals.

The Waterway Champion Award – brought to you by Waterways Ireland is also new for 2018. The Waterway Champion Award will recognise an individual or community behind the best initiative/event on or near a waterway managed by Waterways Ireland.

Public Vote Categories

Just Eat Fit Food Award

This accolade aims to promote the importance of balanced diets and healthy, tasty food for active people. Last year this award went to Irish Biltong.

Best Outdoor Adventure Event

Which was the best outdoorsy event you took part in? The most fun? Had the best atmosphere or the best after party? Last year, this award was picked up by Quest Glendalough.

Best Outdoor Escape/Provider

This award is for a provider or destination that allows you to immerse yourself in an adventure and forget about the day-to-day grind. In 2017, it went to Giddy Gally Adventures.

Best Outdoor Adventure Film

From full-scale movie productions to hilarious YouTube clips, we’re open to all types of suggestions for this category – as long as they can be watched online by the public. The award went to ‘Between the Wind and the Waves with Francois Colussi, Wild Mayo in 2017.

Best Outdoor Adventure Photo

From the pros to the snap-happy amateur who manages to capture an awesome shot on their smart phone, we want to see those photos. Adrian Van der Lee took home this prize for his shot Living the Dream last year.

Audience Choice Award

The Outsider panel of judges will pick the winners of awards 1-10. But we want you to have your say too about an individual that you think deserves a huge clap on the back. So our readers will vote online for that person (keep an eye on for details). Last year you voted for the Galway Baybes, a cracking bunch of women who smashed the relay record for the epic Race Around Ireland.

About the Outsider Theatre of Adventure – brought to you by Great Outdoors

On the night of the awards, the magazine will once again invite some of Ireland’s most incredible adventurers on stage to share their stories. Over the years, this has been a highlight of our awards night and for the 2018 award they are delighted to welcome Great Outdoors on board to sponsor this section. So it will be even bigger and better than ever. Expect tears, laughter, courage and inspiration!

Don’t miss the party of the year!! If you’re keen to register your interest for coveted tickets for the Outsider People of the Year Awards 2018, please email [email protected] with ‘Tickets’ in the subject and they will email you when tickets go on sale in November. Visit  here for more information.


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