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Shameless selfie-promotion on a night of top awards

It’s been my privilege and great pleasure once again to chair the judging for the Headlinemoney media awards.

The 2014 awards ceremony took place in London last week; a suitably glitzy affair which The Telegraph described this year as ‘the most significant awards night in personal finance journalism’.

You can read about all the winners here, while the handle #headline14 via Twitter offers a more, shall we say, informal insight into goings before, during and after this year’s awards ceremony.

Doubtless a Mayfair location, fine food, and a well-stocked bar have each played their part in making these awards the success they’ve been for over a decade. But it’s the way that the trophies are decided which makes this event really stand out from the crowd.

First of all there’s a lengthy nominations period offering a huge number of financial journalists and other money media types the chance to have their say about who deserves recognition in the event’s annual quest to highlight and celebrate editorial excellence.

This is followed by an in-depth submissions process for those lucky enough to be shortlisted across a number of categories straddling both consumer and B2B journalism. After that comes a series of 30 judging sessions (chaired by yours truly) where the winners finally get decided.

No less than 120 judges from around the financial media were involved in the deliberations this year. Believe me, making it on to a shortlist let alone picking up a gong on the night, is an achievement in itself.

Congratulations must go to The Guardian’s money editor, Patrick Collinson, who landed the overall journalist of the year award. In addition, reporters at the Telegraph Media Group did really well on the night picking up several individual trophies. Impressively, Money Marketing landed the prize for best financial B2B title for an incredible sixth year in a row. A remarkable achievement when you consider the breadth and depth of media outlets which operate in the space aimed at finance professionals.

Former Labour Party communications chief, Alastair Campbell, did a sterling job hosting the show and was a good sport with the audience when it came to participating in the evening’s ‘selfie’ competition.

I ought to own up that the latter was my idea. I thought something with a competitive element would be an excellent way for a room crammed with media relations types to connect and communicate with nearly 400 money journalists.

With the help of a special Twitter wall erected for the evening (not to mention a cash prize incentive for the winning selfie) that’s just what they did!