Rules & Fees

US DATING AWARDS 2016 - RULES

The US Dating Awards are designed to recognize excellence in the Dating Industry – both professional, and amateur.

The Rules of Entry are as follows

Individuals –
1. All individual applicants must either hold US Citizenship or be Resident in mainland US
2. All individual applicants must be aged over 18 years of age
3. Multiple categories may be entered

Companies & Organisations -
1. All companies or organisations must have customers or members in mainland US
2. All companies or organisations must be currently active.

All submissions must be legal – any infringements of the law, including copyright law, by an applicant in relation to the award nomination, will result in disqualification.
All entries must be received by 11.59pm PST on August 12th. Any entries submitted after that time will be disregarded, unless agreed by the Awards Founder in exceptional circumstances.
Nominees will be shortlisted and announced on Twitter on September 1st. The awards will be judged by a panel of respected, impartial individuals from within the Dating Industry. All affiliations will be declared by these judges prior to the shortlist process, and any panellists with affiliations to nominees will be excluded from voting, where relevant.
The winners will be announced at the US Dating Awards on September 15th 2016. To maintain the integrity of the awards, we hope all shortlisted individuals and organisations attend the Awards Ceremony on the 15th.

The USDA Team and judges’ decision is final.
The US Dating Awards reserve the right to publish excerpts, and showcase screen shots from entered websites in relation to the awards.
If an individual or organization is deemed ineligible, or disqualified from an award, the US Dating Awards will not refund the administration fees.

Specific Awards Rules –
Best Dating Marketing Campaign – By entering the Award, companies give the USDA permission to display the advert during the Awards Ceremony
Newcomer Awards - These awards are only open to companies and individuals who began their work in the Industry in, or after, January 2015.

Entry Fees and Deadlines

Entry to each Award is subject to an Entry Fee. This is standard practice in national-level Industry Awards. In addition to funding the administration and organization of the Awards, this fee includes a license to use the registered USDA 2016 trademark on your website. All entry fees are subject to VAT. Please email admin@thedatingawards.com for a VAT receipt.

There are two tiers of fees, Standard (from May 12th to June 30th) and Last Minute (from July 1st to August 12th). Invoices are available by request to nominations@thedatingawards.com ».

Entry Fee ($)
Award Standard Last Minute
Online Dating Brand of the Year 450 550
Dating App of the Year 350 450
Dating Expert of the Year 300 375
Dating Entrepreneur of the Year 250 300
Matchmaking Agency of the Year 400 500
Best New Dating App 250 300
Best Niche Dating Site of the Year 300 375
Best White Label Dating Site 300 375
Best New Dating Individual 200 250
Innovation in the Dating Industry 350 450
Safer Dating 250 300
Best Dating Related Marketing Campaign 350 450
Best Customer Service 300 375
Best Use of Social Media 300 375
Dating TV Show of the Year 350 450
Dating Book of the Year 200 250
Dating Blog of the Year 150 200
Dating Writer of the Year 150 200

Dates

Entries open on May 12th 2016, and will close on August 12th 2016 at 11.59pm PST.

Standard entries run to June 30th, and Last Minute from July 1st.

Finalists for each category will be announced on Twitter on September 1st 2016.

The Award Winners will be announced on September 15th, at the US Dating Awards 2016 at the Prince George Ballroom in New York.

Fees & Trademark

Entry fees must be at the same time as your nomination form. Nominations will only be considered complete once both the form and payment have been received. All entry fees are subject to VAT. Please email admin@thedatingawards.com for a VAT receipt.

The Awards logo is a registered trademark. Included in the entry fee is the license to display the USDA 2016 Awards logo on your website, as an entrant, finalist or winner.

USDA 2016 will provide invoices on request so that these fees can be reclaimed as expenses.

Other information

ALL ENTRANTS will receive a customised ‘US Dating Awards 2016’ badge to display on your website. This badge will be emailed to you together with confirmation of your nomination.

Finalists and Winners will also be sent customised badges.

The Awards logo is a registered trademark. Included in the administrative fee is the license to display the USDA 2016 Awards logo on your website, as an entrant, finalist or winner.

For any queries related to Nominations, please contact nominations@thedatingawards.com »