Optician Awards 2019

Thank you for exploring the Optician Awards website, I hope this is the beginning of a journey that will both gain you the recognition you deserve and help you understand more about your chosen area of expertise.

Winning an Optician Award is one of the highest accolades optical professionals, practices and companies can achieve and we want you to get the very best out of the process.

You may have logged onto this website clear in the knowledge of the Optician Award you want to enter but please take time to look at all of the Awards available. Read the criteria thoroughly and remember, that is what our panels of experts judges will be using as their guide when making their choices. They want to see your passion for optics as well as hard facts and will deliberate long and hard to devise the shortlists and announce the victor.

Many people, practices and companies count an Optician Award among their most treasured possessions and this year you could join their ranks. Our winners are just like you; dedicated, hardworking and caring players on the optical scene.

Choose which categories you would like to enter and good luck

Chris Bennett

Categories 2019

Click a category to view more information

How to enter

The closing date for entries is Monday 14th January 2019

Winners 2018

Scroll through to see the winners for 2018

Technology Practice of the Year

Winner: Specsavers Morningside

Black and Lizars, Glasgow Fenwick Road
Hammond and Dummer Opticians
Parley Optometrists
Rifkind and Brophy Optometrists

Family Optician of the Year

Winner: Lynne Fernandes Optometrists

Wardale Williams
H&H Eyecare
Edwards & Walker Opticians
Ladybrook Eyewear
Planit Opticians

Children’s Contact Lens Practice of the Year

Winner: Central Vision Opticians

Cameron Optometry
Keith Murphy Opticians

Multiple Practice of the Year

Winner: Boots Opticians Truro

Specsavers South Shields
Specsavers Sutton-in-Ashfield
Vision Express Boston

Independent Practice of the Year

Winner: Vision Optique London

Keith Murphy Opticians
Kings Hill Opticians
Martin Smith Opticians
Nethercott Opticians
Richard Petrie Optometrist

Fashion Practice of the Year

Winner: Spectacle Emporium

Eyeworks London
Mincher-Lockett & Co Opticians
Rachel Murray Eyecare

Contact Lens Practice of the Year

Winner: Specsavers Loughborough

Specsavers Holborn
Specsavers Nottingham
Specsavers South Shields

The Practice Growth Award

Winner: Cameron Optometry

Duncan and Todd Group
Glass and Glass Optometrists
Rawlings Opticians
Specsavers Cwmbran
Zacks Eye Clinic

Lens Product of the Year

Winner: Caledonian Optical, ARC Steady

Essilor, Varilux X Series
Hoya, En Route
Nikon, SeeCoat Bright
Shamir, Glacier Achromatic
Younger Optical NuPoalr Infinite Grey

Frame of the Year

Winner: Gotti, Perspective

Booth & Bruce BB1711
Longnor, Eyespace
Marchon, Chloe Palma
Rolf Spectacles, Capri Flexlock
Walter & Herbert, Taylor Cherry Ember

Optical Supplier of the Year

Winner: Optos

Heidelberg Engineering
Scope Ophthalmics
Spec-Care LTD

Contact Lens Product of the Year

Winner: CooperVision, Misight

Johnson & Johnson, Acuvue Oasys 1-Day

Enhanced Optical Service Award

Winner: Mellis Eyecare

Andrew & Rogers Optometrists
David Burghardt Vision Care
Eye 2 Eye
Lynne Fernandes Optometrists
Specsavers Wembley

Leader of the Future Award

Winner: Paige Furlong, Specsavers Chelmsley Wood

Alison Edwards
Dilraj Gumber, Specsavers
Jasmine Smith, Aves Optometrists
David Tye, Specsavers Nottingham
Karan Vyas, Specsavers

Optical Assistant Team of the Year

Winner: Specsavers Chelmsley Wood

Bainbridge Optometrists
David Burghardt Vision Care
Eye 2 Eye Opticians Ltd
Specsavers Forfar
Specsavers Teignmouth
Specsavers Torquay

Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year

Winner: Indie Grewel, Leighton’s Opticians and Hearing Care

Suzanne Czerwinski, Specsavers Nottingham
Iain Johnson, Locum
Faye McDearmid, Campbell & McDearmid Optometrists
Andrew Scott, Andrew & Rogers Optometrists
Jonathan Stewart, 2020 Opticians

Dispensing Optician of the Year

Winner: Sue Edwards, Martin Smith Opticians

Sheryl Doe, Allegro Optical
Russell Ham, Specsavers Newport

Optometrist of the Year

Winner: Michael O'Kane, Specsavers, Morningside

Shamina Asif, Optom Academy, Moores Opticians
Dr Annette Grounds, Partick and Menzies
Dr Sheeraz Janjua

The Ceremony

Details about the event

The 2019 Optician Awards ceremony will be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Saturday 30th March 2019.

Your ticket price includes a drinks reception, a three-course meal, entertainment, the awards and after-show party. 

Photos from the night can be found on our Gallery page.

Approximate timings for the evening can be found below:

7.00pm       Drinks reception

7.45pm       Welcome & Dinner

9.30pm       Awards ceremony

10.45pm     After party

1.00am       Carriages


How to gain sponsorship with us

The Optician Awards are recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the optical community and are a unique opportunity for the whole industry to gather on a single evening to celebrate the best in achievement, ability and performance. The 2018 Optician Awards ceremony took place on Saturday the 14th of April in the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, and saw the industry’s leading movers and shakers gather to honour their peers in the optical community with well over 400 industry professionals in attendance.

Benefits Include:

  • Alignment with the Optician magazine brand
  • Networking opportunity with 500+ senior Opticians and optical professionals
  • Table at the gala dinner and 2019 awards ceremony
  • Presentation of an award on the night
  • Visual marketing at the event
  • Logo on all electronic and print marketing before and after the event
Please get in touch with our sponsorship team to discuss how we can help your organisation maximise its exposure by becoming identified with the most prestigious awards in the industry.

To discuss your options please contact: Darren Ward, Sales Manager on 020 7501 6668 or Darren.ward@markallengroup.com


Frequently Asked questions

Please see answers to some frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with the awards team on 020 7501 6782, who will be happy to help.

The deadline to enter the awards is Monday 21st January 2019
It is free to enter the Optician Awards.
A practice can enter a maximum of THREE of the practice awards. This does not include the individual awards.
The main component of your entry is the entry document. The entry document should be no more than 1,000 words. All key information listed in the criteria for the category needs to be in the entry document.

Supporting material is optional and does not contribute to the 1,000 word limit of the entry document. Supporting material may include, but is not limited to photographs, testimonials, graphs, pdfs of any printed material (adverts, brochures, news articles etc).
You should submit no more than 5 supporting documents. Each supporting document must have a maximum of 10 pages per file.
If you are entering the Frame of the Year, Contact Lens Product of the Year or the Lens Product of the Year, you should send us ONE example of your product to Sam Dewey, Optician Awards, St Jude’s Church, Dulwich Road, London, SE24 0PB.
Samples will not be returned but collection may be arranged. Please speak to the awards team at the time of entry.
Once you have submitted your entries they will be processed by the awards team, ready for judging. Judging takes place at the end of January and the shortlist will be announced shortly after.
The Optician Awards will be judged by a panel of experts specialising in different areas of optometry and the optical industry.
You will receive an email notifying you of the outcome of your entry(ies). The full shortlist will be published on this website in mid-February.
The announcement of the winners will be made at the Optician Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 30th March 2019.
Tickets for the dinner will be available to buy once the shortlist has been announced in the middle of February.
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