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...
Audio Producer - Somerset House Trust
Audio Artist and Poet
Ecologist and Artist, Natural History Museum
Sound and Installation Artist
Field Recordist and Sound Artist, Flaming Pines Record Label Owner
Oscar-winning Mixing Engineer
Dr. Linda O’Keefe
Sound Artist, University of Edinburgh
Prof. Trevor Cox
Professor of Acoustic Engineering at University of Salford
db Studios, Beirut
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.
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