Any individual can nominate someone for an Ely Hero Award. The only exemption would be a member of the judging panel. A Business Sponsor cannot make a nomination within the category they sponsor. For further details please see the Terms and Conditions.

Any individual who lives or works in Ely or the surrounding villages (up to a 10-mile radius) can be nominated for an Ely Hero Award. Please see the radius map on the Terms & Conditions page for further details and the specific villages this would include.

A group can be nominated but a chair person/captain of the group should be nominated on behalf of the group, if the nomination is taken further, this person would accept the award on behalf of the group. Due to the limited number of guests we can accommodate at the award ceremony we cannot invite whole groups of individuals, a guest is eligible for 3 tickets including theirs.

Yes, it is vital that you ask the permission of the person you wish to nominate as you will need to provide correct contact details in order for the nomination to be processed. Should the judging panel wish to finalise your nominee they will need correct contact information. Please also see our privacy policy.

Please ask the permission of your chosen hero if you can nominate them. This is very important as you will need to provide contact details in order for the administrators to contact the nominee to process the nomination. Carefully read the category criteria to determine which of the categories your hero should be entered into. Nominate your hero via the nominate form on the nomination page. Provide as much information as possible using the online form, the more information about your hero you give, the better!

The nomination period is normally open for 6-8 weeks after the launch event. The dates differ each year, so check the website for details of opening and closing dates for entries.

Absolutely! Please feel free to nominate more than 1 person.

Yes of course – as long as they fit within the category criteria.

All nominations are acknowledged on a weekly basis during the nomination period. The acknowledgement will be sent to your nominee directly by email, if the individual does not have email, they will be contacted by telephone.

Yes of course, each nomination stands on its own merits each and every year. Previous category winners can be nominated in subsequent years, but in an alternative category.

Everyone nominated has an equal chance of being shortlisted and finalised in the process. There is an expert panel of judges that have been trained and briefed in the process. Each nomination stands on its own merits. The judges thoroughly whittle down and shortlist in each category and their decision is final. For further details, please see our Terms and Conditions.

The judging panel shortlist all nominations once the nomination period closes. If you have been shortlisted, one of the judging panel will contact you to arrange to meet for a short interview in order to get to know you better.

Firstly, it is nothing to feel nervous or worried about! A member from the judging panel (in certain circumstances there may be two judges, but this will be discussed beforehand) will want to have an informal interview with you in order to get know you better and fully understand how amazing you are! Due to the amount of nominations and variety of which we receive, an informal interview gives the judges a fabulous insight into who can be placed as a finalist in each category, and ultimately who will win in each category. This is not a test and you should not feel nervous, we encourage you to bring along a family member or friend to help you feel more comfortable. The interview will take place in a mutually convenient place and time. For children under 16, a parent or guardian must also be present.

You will be contacted by the Ely Hero Awards Team  if you have been finalised in your category. You will be invited to the Award Ceremony, for which further details and tickets will be provided. The winner of each category will be announced as a surprise on the evening and you will be invited by the business sponsor of your category to accept your award, and also to take part in some publicity photos for the media.

The award ceremony is a glitzy evening filled with excitement and emotion! The aim of the awards is to treat finalists and their guests to a very special evening, and to reward those in the community who make it great. Welcome drinks will be provided on the evening, and you will have a reserved table for you and your guests. Once the ceremony commences, each category will be announced and finalists introduced. The business sponsor for each category will announce the winner and invite that person to the stage to collect their award (don’t worry, speeches are not necessary!). Timings and dress code will be provided along with your tickets and invitation.

Nomination radius

Nominations are accepted from individuals, community groups and businesses living or operating in Ely and surrounding villages within a 10 mile radius of Ely.