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The Awards

Submissions are now open for the Sound of the Year Awards 2022, which returns for its third year, presented by The Radiophonic Institute and The Museum of Sound.

From the everyday sounds that encapsulate the events of the past twelve months, to the year’s most innovative and creative sound technology, SOTYA celebrates sound in all its forms and from all corners of the world. Judged by a panel of leading lights from the international sound community, the winner of each category will receive a pair of
basicUcho microphones - a set of phantom-powered, high-quality omni-directional electret microphones, courtesy of LOM.

Category partners this year include
The British Library, Natural History Museum, Quiet Mark, Accidental, the Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library, Sound On Sound, and UK Hearing Conservation Association.


An awards ceremony will be held at The British Library in Spring 2023.




The Judges

Alannah Chance
Audio Producer, Somerset House Trust

Ain Bailey

Sound Artist


Axel Kacoutié 

Audio Artist and Poet 

Christian Ching
Ecologist and Artist, Natural History Museum

Chris Watson
Field Recordist

Emeka Ogboh
Sound and Installation Artist

Kate Carr
Field Recordist and Sound Artist, Flaming Pines

Kirsty Whalley
Oscar-Winning Mixing Engineer

Dr. Linda O’Keeffe
Sound Artist, University of Edinburgh

Poppy Szkiler

CEO, Quiet Mark

Rana Eid 

db Studios, Beirut

Tony Gayle
Sound Designer

Prof.  Trevor Cox

Professor of Acoustic Engineering, Uni of Salford

Matthew Herbert (Chair of Judges)

The Radiophonic Institute

2022 Categories


Sound of the Year

British Library .jpeg

Disappearing Sound:
A Sound Worth Saving


Best Innovation in
Sound Technology


Best Sound Innovation 
in Everyday Life

Children's Category

Details to be announced soon...

The Rules


All submissions must have been recorded, heard, created,

or released between 1st Jan - 31st Dec 2022. 


You can make as many submissions as you like. Please fill in one form per entry. 

You can nominate yourself, your team, or others in the relevant categories. You should always credit the sound recordist, artist, or creator where known.

It is mandatory to submit an audio file recording with each submission other than ‘Best Imaginary Sound’ which is a written submission.

If the recording you are submitting is longer than 5 minutes in length, please send in a 5-minute section for the judges to listen to.

The deadline for submissions is 28th February 2023, 18:00hrs (UK-Time).



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