Great British Shooting Awards: Shortlists revealed and voting begins

The shortlists are out for the Great British Shooting Awards, which aim to give recognition to the products, organisations and people that lead the way in the shooting industry.

Now, the British shooting public can vote for the winners in 11 categories: Shooting Apparel, Optics of the Year, NV/Thermal Product of the Year, Ammunition of the Year, Rifle of the Year, Airgun of the Year, Shotgun of the Year, Gamekeeper of the Year, Professional Stalker of the Year, Outstanding Contribution to Conservation and Retailer of the Year. A 12th category, the Lifetime Achievement award, will be decided solely by the awards’ expert judging panel.

Voting is now open at http://www.greatbritishshootingawards.com. The vote closes on 31 January 2019, and judges will review the results before the winners are announced at an exclusive ceremony on 16 February at the British Shooting Show.

Headline sponsor, Pulsar, said: “We believe the Great British Shooting Awards are a fantastic way to support and celebrate the industry, its ‘way of life’ and its wonderfully diverse community, as well as recognising and rewarding those talented individuals who are looking to make a difference and who, like Pulsar, continue to innovate some of the best technology in the hunting and shooting world.”

Peter Carr, group editor-in-chief of field sports at Future, said: “These awards are hugely exciting to be involved in, and the recognition will be richly deserved by those in the field sports world who work so hard to keep our livelihood and sport going.

“Overseeing the judging hit home to me just how excellent the products and people in this industry are. Across every category I can wholeheartedly say that any of the shortlisted entries would be a deserving winner. I can’t wait to see the results of the vote and to crown our inaugural winners in February.”

Alastair Lewis, managing director of hobbies at Future, said: “I’m thrilled that we are launching a new awards event in the shooting industry calendar, and very much looking forward to growing the awards as well as developing our collaboration with the Great British Shooting Show, Pulsar, our category sponsors and the industry as a whole.”

THE SHORTLISTS

SHOOTING APPAREL
• Ariat Catalyst Defiant
• Harkila Pro Hunter X
• Ridgeline Seasons Jacket
• Swazi Rifleman Gen II
• Schoffel Ptarmigan Coat

OPTICS OF THE YEAR
• Kahles Helia RF 10×42 Binoculars
• Leupold VX-6HD Rifle Scope
• Swarovski DS Rifle Scope
• Vortex Crossfire Red Dot Sight
• Zeiss Victory RF 10×42 Binoculars

NV/THERMAL PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
• ATN X-Sight 4K Pro Rifle Scope
• Leupold LTO Tracker HD Monocular
• Pulsar Accolade XP50 Thermal Imager
• Pulsar Trail XP50 Thermal Rifle Scope
• Pulsar Quantum lite XQ30V Thermal Imager

AMMUNITION OF THE YEAR
• Air Arms Diabolo Field
• Eley Hawk Titanium
• Eley Ltd .22LR Subsonic
• Gamebore Black Gold Game
• Lapua Naturalis

RIFLE OF THE YEAR
• Blaser R8 Professional Carbon Success
• CZ 455 Stainless Rimfire
• Merkel Helix Speedster
• Rigby Highland Stalker
• Sako 85 Finnlight II

AIRGUN OF THE YEAR
• Air Arms S510 Ultimate Sporter XS
• BSA Defiant
• Daystate Redwolf
• Weihrauch HW110 STK
• Zbroia Hortitsia

SHOTGUN OF THE YEAR
• Blaser F16 Heritage Game
• Browning B525 Ultra XS Pro
• Fausti XF4
• Perazzi High Tech S
• Zoli Z-Bella

GAMEKEEPER OF THE YEAR
• Alex Hogg
• Bernard Moss
• David Nesfield
• Paul Childerley
• Scott Mackenzie

PROFESSIONAL STALKER OF THE YEAR
• Chris Dalton
• Chris Rogers
• Jason Doyle
• Niall Rowantree
• Paul Childerley

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO CONSERVATION
• British Association for Shooting and Conservation
• Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
• National Gamekeepers Organisation
• Pace Brothers
• Rachel Carrie

RETAILER OF THE YEAR
An entirely open category – vote now at http://www.greatbritishshootingawards.com

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
To be decided by the judging panel

Notes

The Great British Shooting Awards are a new showcase for the products and people in the UK shooting and field sports world, coming from Future Publishing – the team behind Sporting Rifle, Airgun Shooter, Gun Trade News, Clay Shooting, The Shooting Show and other leading field sports titles and channels.

It enjoys support from headline sponsor Pulsar, associate sponsor and ceremony venue The British Shooting Show, and category sponsors ATN, Blaser, BSA and Sightmark.

Shortlists were formed from an initial round of trade nominations, reviewed by our judging panel: Future Field Sports Editor-in-Chief Peter Carr, BASC Chief Executive Ian Bell, CPSA Chief Executive Iain Parker, NGO Vice-Chairman Geoff Garrod, Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner and Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group Co-ordinator Andrew Grainger.

For further details, visit http://www.greatbritishshootingawards.com or contact Colin Fallon on 01225 687426 or colin.fallon@futurenet.com.

Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Toni Cole on 01225 687368 or toni.cole@futurenet.com

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