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Poppy Szkiler Will Judge The Sound of the Year Awards 2022, with Quiet Mark as Official Partner

The Sound of the Year Awards 2022

For the second year running, Quiet Mark is proud to be an Official Partner of The Sound of the Year Awards 2022, with our CEO/ CoFounder, Poppy Szkiler delighted, again, to be one of the distinguished panel of judges.



Submissions are now open for the Sound of the Year Awards 2022, which returns for its third year, presented by The Radiophonic Institute and The Museum of Sound.

From the everyday sounds that encapsulate the events of the past twelve months, to the year’s most innovative and creative sound technology, SOTYA celebrates sound in all its forms and from all corners of the world. Judged by a panel of leading lights from the international sound community, the winner of each category will receive a pair of basicUcho microphones - a set of phantom-powered, high-quality omni-directional electret microphones, courtesy of LOM.

Category partners this year include The British Library, Natural History Museum, Quiet Mark, Accidental, the Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library, Sound On Sound, and UK Hearing Conservation Association.

An awards ceremony will be held at The British Library in Spring 2023.



1st December - Submissions Open

28th February - Submission Deadline

Spring 2023 - Winners Announced



Sound of the Year

Best Natural Sound

in partnership with the Natural History Museum

Disappearing Sound: A Sound Worth Saving*

in partnership with The British Library

*Shortlisted and winning entries for this category will be archived in The British Library’s Sound Archive

Composed with Sound

in partnership with Accidental

Best Sound Innovation in Everyday Life

in partnership with Quiet Mark

Best Imagined Sound

in partnership with the Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library

Most Unpleasant Sound

in partnership with UK Hearing Conservation Association

Best Innovation in Sound Technology

in partnership with Sound On Sound

Most Ridiculous Sound

Children’s category: details to follow soon...



Alannah Chance

Audio Producer - Somerset House Trust

Ain Bailey

Sound Artist

Axel Kacoutié

Audio Artist and Poet

Christian Ching

Ecologist and Artist, Natural History Museum

Emeka Ogboh

Sound and Installation Artist

Kate Carr

Field Recordist and Sound Artist, Flaming Pines Record Label Owner

Kirsty Whalley

Oscar-winning Mixing Engineer

Dr. Linda O’Keefe

Sound Artist, University of Edinburgh

Prof. Trevor Cox

Professor of Acoustic Engineering at University of Salford

Rana Eid

db Studios, Beirut

Poppy Szkiler

Quiet Mark

Matthew Herbert

Chair of Judges / The Radiophonic Institute



All submissions must have been recorded, heard, created, or released between 1st Jan - 31st Dec 2022.

You can make as many submissions as you like. Please fill in one form per entry.

You can nominate yourself, your team, or others in the relevant categories. You should always credit the sound recordist, artist, or creator where known.

It is mandatory to submit an audio file recording with each submission other than ‘Best Imaginary Sound’ which is a written submission.

If the recording you submit is longer than 5 minutes, please send in a 5-minute section for the judges to listen to.



Submissions are now open at:

SOTYA Social Media Links: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook



Last year, In an episode of The Quiet Mark Podcast, we spoke with Manchester based Sound Artist, Hayley Suviste, Lead Producer of The Sound of The Year Awards, to find out more about the awards. Our host, Simon Gosling, also enjoyed a global conversation with the 'Best Sound Innovation in Everyday Life' category winner, Justin Wiggan in Cornwall UK, and Runners Up, Fanis Maragkos in Athens, Greece and Yui Onodera in Tokyo, Japan, to find out more about their fascinating, innovative and timely entries and the stories behind them. You can enjoy that episode HERE