It’s no secret that we’re mad fans of Etsy. Is there anything you can’t source from there? From interior items to jewellery and everything in between, we love how directly it connects consumers with creatives.
Running for its third year in Australia and New Zealand, the Etsy Awards look to showcase and highlight the work of the many creatives that make the online marketplace the wonderful resource that it is.
From now until April 29, new and established Etsy sellers from across Australia and New Zealand can enter their work in the five categories below.
- Art, Illustration & Paper Design
- Home & Living
- Fashion & Accessories
- Lasting World (for those using environmentally and socially responsible practices)
- New Talent (Etsy shop opened within the last 12 months)
There will be a winner in each category along with a Community Choice winner that will be decided upon by the public. Each category winner will take home $1000 cash to help them expand their business and the Community Choice winner will win $5000 and be featured on Etsy’s global blog and social media channels.
This year’s judges include the founder and editor of The Design Files, Lucy Feagin, the Australian fashion and beauty blogger Sara Donaldson of Harper & Harley, lifestyle, travel and DIY blogger and author Geneva Vanderzeil of A Pair and A Spare, along with Etsy’s managing director across Australia and Asia, Helen Souness.
“Each year I’m astonished by the incredible creative talent we unearth through the Etsy Awards – talent that we’re excited to highlight, recognise and reward. This year’s competition and prizes are designed to give Etsy makers the exposure and tools they need to boost their businesses and grow their creative careers,” said Helen.
All entrants will also be in the running to win a digital marketing course from General Assembly and one-on-one mentoring with 2015’s Community’s Choice winner, Sonia Singh of Tree Change Dolls.
Grace Wood of Grace Wood Designs is a big proponent of the awards. “It’s a no-brainer! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from entering the awards. I had so much support pouring in from family, friends and friends of friends during the awards. That support alone helped to reinforce that my business was worthwhile and my product was appreciated by a lot of people,” said Grace.
Entries are open until April 29. See here for more.