Please read the following to guide you through the submission process, from choosing a category, to creating your entry and making sure you know exactly what to include to give you the best possible chance of success. And of course, set you on track to achieve stardom in October. Good Luck!
All entries must be received via The PAY360 Awards website by 23:59 GMT on Friday 17 February 2023. No further extensions will be permitted.
Members of The Payments Association get 3 FREE entries, non members get 1 FREE entry. You may submit more entries but will be charged a £100 donation for each extra entry, payable to our charity partner, the MS Society.
Payment for additional entries and donations can be made here.
We have brought together a broad spectrum of independent experts, who either specialise in a particular field, or who have experience and insight into different aspects of the industry. View the full list of judges on our website.
The Judges will review and score all the qualifying entries, compile a shortlist in each category and decide the overall winner.
All judges of The PAY360 Awards are bound by a code of conduct covering confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and contact with entrants.
The judges’ decisions are final and there will be no opportunity for appeal, discussion or correspondence.
The judges will rely exclusively on the information provided by the award entrant and not by any prior knowledge that they may have.
The judges will be looking to see how the programme/product/service has been a success against the objectives, taking into account how it stands out from the rest of the market.
Entries will also be judged on how clear and concise the entry is. Please refer to the Categories section for more detailed information on what to include in your entry.
Judges will also have the right to make nominations that they believe are relevant and missing from the available judging selection, except those in any way connected with their own organisation.
Award entry criteria
Companies entering must meet the general eligibility criteria stated (view all category requirements here).
Nominations must be given with the formal authority of the company nominated for the Award, and while the same company can be nominated for the same Award more than once, duplicate entries are not encouraged.
Although the same company can make multiple submissions across the range of categories, each must be unique and tailored to best demonstrate its strengths in the specific category.
All logos should be supplied as an Illustrator EPS or relevant vector file format. Please note that placing a .jpg, .gif or .tif image into an Illustrator file does not make the logo a vector file. We will be unable to accept a low resolution .jpg or image saved from the internet because these will not print properly and will not represent your brand in the best possible way.
Entrants and winners
Entry summaries of the finalists will be published in The PAY360 Awards brochure and the winners will be featured on the website after the event. In addition, if the organisers are approached by members of the press to feature case studies, their enquiries will be referred to the applicable entrants. Please ensure that you have obtained permission to feature material from external suppliers before submitting your entry. Third parties or partners should be made aware that the material might appear in print.
The small print
Submitting your entry
Five steps to submit your entry
All material will remain confidential to the judges. Entrants may mark sensitive parts of their entry as ‘Not for Publication’. This will be respected in all instances by the organisers.
If in any doubt, please contact Anjana Haines at Anjana.Haines@thepaymentsassociation.org.
Emerging payments are new and innovative payment methods that enable more effective movement of value between people and organisations including digital, mobile, electronic, prepaid, and virtual payments.
Programme or Payments Programme:
The series of components/activities that take a payment product to market, thereby allowing end users to purchase goods and services using the payment solution.
A new plan, process or solution to achieve something or solve a problem.
Mastercard, Visa, Amex, UP, Discover or other national schemes e.g. Rupay, Mir, Span
A balance holding ledger provided by a Bank, EMI, PI or equivalent local regulatory status or through a mobile money platform with appropriate local regulation.
An organisation that accepts payment for goods and services in the form of a currency, tokens or points.
Any European Country or SEPA Market:
Any country within Europe as defined by Wikipedia, including 50 internationally recognised sovereign states with territory located within the common definition of Europe and any country within SEPA, which is the 27 member states of the European Union, the six member states of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland).
Where a programme is issued, managed, hosted from a country within Europe, as defined above, but distributed/ funds sent worldwide, then the programme will be accepted as if it was issued within Europe.