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Person with a crown for Melbourne Awards
Photograph: Supplied Niyoka Bundle, co-founder and director of ‘Pawa Catering and Events’, finalist Melbourne Awards 2019

Everything you need to know about this year's Melbourne Awards

Self-nominate or nominate organisations or individuals you love for this special edition of our city's biggest award

By Time Out in association with City of Melbourne
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Now's a great time to give accolades to the businesses, cultural organisations, individual legends and city stars who have been pushing through the limits of the pandemic. City of Melbourne is using their 18-year-old awards to do just that – focus on the unsung heroes who have been keeping our communities thriving during lockdown. This year's Melbourne Awards are inviting nominations over six categories and will also crown a 'Melburnian of the Year' to one outstanding individual.

From July 1 to August 7, you can self-nominate or nominate a worthy organisation or individual for one of the Melbourne Awards. You can elect a Community Champion, the category awarding initiatives, programs and people who have worked to enhance the lives disadvantaged or vulnerable folks within Melbourne's communities during the pandemic. Or you could nominate a Youth Champion for outstanding projects and services delivered by a young person and a Business Champion for a small business that has provided services to make a positive impact during lockdown. There's also a category for your chosen Digital Innovation Champion, recognising inventive ways technology improved lives in our city and a category for your chosen Essential Service Champion, honouring hospitality, healthcare, childcare and all manner of frontline legends who have made a difference. Finally, you can nominate your favourite Arts and Cultural Champion, those who have inspired and enlivened Melbourne's locked-in world with dance, art, music and more.

The 2020 Melbourne Awards are also giving their annual, prestigious 'Melburnian of the Year' award to an individual who has made a significant impact on the City of Melbourne community.

Think you know someone who fits into any of the above? Have a fantastic workplace or your own project that you think deserves some spotlight? Enter yourself or an organisation you love here before August 7. The glittering ceremony will take place either IRL or virtually at Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday November 14.

Get voting! And tune in to our city's lovefest for all those who have been making lockdown a little more bearable.

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