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Show resilience to earn recognition at Space Awards, says judge

Show resilience to earn recognition at Space Awards, says judge

An Australian Space Awards judge has urged candidates to demonstrate resilience and an ability to overcome challenges in their applications.  

Mark Hodgson, an executive coach and business adviser, told Space Connect that a strong submission would convey the candidates’ personal stories and paint a picture of the human behind the professional while demonstrating their technical skills.

“I’m also looking for nominees who have demonstrated resilience and the ability to overcome challenges,” Hodgson said. “Showing that you’ve been innovative in your field and able to collaborate with others would work in your favour.”

The Australian Space Awards 2022 will take place as a black-tie event (supported by principal partner KBR) on Thursday, 24 March 2022 at The Star in Sydney.


To enter the awards or nominate your colleagues and peers, click on the Australian Space Awards website, register your details, download and read the category criteria, save an entry, and then save and confirm your submission. 

The deadline to enter your submissions has been extended to 5:30pm on 18 February 2022, and nominees will be revealed later that month. 

Hodgson, who has been operating his mentoring and coaching business for over 11 years with clients such as Flight Centre, said successful submissions would also focus on individual contributions and specific achievements within a project but cautioned against making motherhood statements about their organisation’s wider achievements.

“Be human. Avoid cliches and platitude. Be real, raw and authentic. Show us who you are and what you have achieved,” he said.


Furthermore, Hodgson strongly advised candidates to write their own submissions rather than outsourcing the task to anyone else.

“I mark down anything that I can see has been written by HR or PR,” he warned.

There are 20 award categories for both individuals and groups this year that will recognise everyone in the space industry from major ASX-listed corporations to small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), start-ups, academic institutions and associations.

The awards are open to all organisations operating in Australia in support of the space industry, including launch, telecommunication, satellite, energy, mining and transport sectors, as well as defence, agriculture, disaster, and water management industries.

All businesses and professionals in the space industry who meet eligibility criteria are encouraged to participate in the awards program by lodging their submissions.

Submissions will be delivered to judges, who will include respected space professionals, business executives, government and military leaders, academics, entrepreneurs and innovators.

The panel will individually assess and score each section of the submission against several criteria and provide an aggregated score and assessment.

The combined score from the judges will then be tabulated, with the highest scoring submission crowned the winner.

Nominees can submit across multiple award categories if they meet the criteria.

For more information about the awards program, click here.

Adam Thorn

Adam Thorn

Adam is a journalist who has worked for more than 40 prestigious media brands in the UK and Australia. Since 2005, his varied career has included stints as a reporter, copy editor, feature writer and editor for publications as diverse as Fleet Street newspaper The Sunday Times, fashion bible Jones, media and marketing website Mumbrella as well as lifestyle magazines such as GQ, Woman’s Weekly, Men’s Health and Loaded. He joined Momentum Media in early 2020 and currently writes for Australian Aviation and World of Aviation.

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