The DAME Design Award 2016 received 117 entries from 26 countries around the globe.

The jury of the DAME Design Award 2016 competition has announced that a very high ratio of the 117 entries submitted from 26 countries around the globe have been nominated to enter the final rounds of judgement.

Each year the jury uses a consistent set of criteria to examine entries. It then shortlists them into what is known as the Nominated list, from which the final winners are chosen. There is no cap on how many products can be nominated; the selection is purely based on the quality of products on display.

Record number

For 2016 a total of 67 products have been nominated, representing 57% of the total field. This is a significant 10% increase on 2015 and believed to be the highest success rate recorded by DAME Award since the origins of the competition 26 years ago.

“The fact that we nominated so many products this year illustrates the high quality of the items that were presented to us,” says Bill Dixon, chairman of the DAME Award jury.

“It was also very encouraging to see a wide variety of entries, even within individual categories, submitted by the smallest firms to the largest marine businesses from right across the glob,” he adds.

Dixon observes that outside of boating and consumer products there are a lots of gadgets that are incredibly easy to use. “It’s good to see marine products reflecting that now, often being more intuitive in the way that they work than before – that’s really important. With a wider, less experienced customer base, there must be a better way than having to read a detailed manual,” he concludes.

The DAME winners will be announced during the Breakfast Briefing in Amsterdam RAI on the opening day of METSTRADE 2016, taking place from November 15-17 in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre.