Thank you for your interest in the Abie Awards! Here are some frequently used Abie Award terms.


NomineeThe Nominee is the individual who is being considered for an Abie Award.  
NominatorThe Nominator is the individual who is completing and submitting the submission form on behalf of the Nominee. Nominators should be able to provide a well-rounded view of the impact of the nominee’s work and impact on the community. The Nominator may also be the Nominee for an Abie AwardThe Student of Vision Abie Award is the only award that requires the Nominee to self-nominate (no additional nominator).  
Abie Award WinnerThe individual who the selection committee has identified as the Abie Award recipient after reviewing submissions. Each year, we select a total of five Abie Award Winners. 
RecommenderA recommender is an individual who writes a letter of recommendation on behalf of the Nominee. Each submission requires two letters of recommendation. Note that the nominator cannot be a recommender. You must have two separate recommenders from the nominator. 
Submission FormThe Submission Form is the online form that the Nominator uses to share information about the Abie Award Nominee with the selection committee. Each Abie Award has its own Submission Form.  


Below are the most frequently asked questions about the awards.

Eligibility & Nominations

  • Can I nominate myself for an award?

    Yes, nominees are able to nominate themselves for an award.

  • Can I nominate someone from my own company?

    Yes, you can nominate someone from your own company for an Abie Award.

  • Do I have to work with someone to nominate them for an award?

    No, you do not have to currently work with an individual to nominate that person for an Abie Award. Nominators should be able to provide information on the nominee’s body of work but do not have to have the same employer. We encourage Nominators to nominate mentors, mentees, industry peers, etc.

  • Can I nominate a group for one award?

    All Abie Awards are currently for individuals. We do not present awards to groups at this time. Individuals can be nominated for an award and informally act as a representative for the group if selected as the Abie Award Winner.

  • Can I nominate more than one person for the awards?

    Nominators can submit multiple nominations for the same award, as well as submit nominations to more than one award. However, we encourage submitting thorough nominations over multiple nominations (quality over quantity).

  • Can I participate if I’m under 18 years old?

    Nominees must be 18 years of age or older by the start of the annual Grace Hopper Celebration that the award they are applying for will be presented at. To be eligible for the 2022 Abie Awards, nominees must turn 18 years old no later than September 20, 2022.

  • Can I participate if I work/study outside of the U.S.?

    We welcome and encourage submissions from outside of the United States for all awards. Additionally, our Change Agent Abie Award specifically recognizes women and non-binary individuals working outside of the United States.

  • Do Abie Award Nominees have to speak English?

    Nominee must speak English fluently enough to deliver an acceptance speech, and all nomination forms must be submitted in English. We do provide speaker coach support for all of our Abie Award Winners to assist with public speaking as needed.

Submission Form

Award Winners

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