Best Show

Winner: Play World Australia – Reed Exhibitions Australia

Unsung Hero

Two winners: Mark Magennis, Decorative Events & Exhibitions; and

Stephen Steenson, Reed Exhibitions Australia

Richard Geddes Young Achiever
Winner: Georgie Chapman-Burgess, Exhibitions and Trade Fairs


Best Consumer Show Over 10,000m2

Winner: Exhibitions and Trade Fairs – Motorclassica 2017

*Highly commended: Reed Exhibitions Australia – Oz Comic-Con Sydney 2018

Best Trade Show Over 10,000m2

Winner: Exhibitions and Trade Fairs – World Gas Conference 2018

Best Association Event

Winner: Reed Exhibitions Australia – PAX Australia 2017 for Interactive Games & Entertainment Association

Best Supplier – Services or Products

Winner: ExpoNet

Best Corporate Citizenship

Winner: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre – Melbourne Renewable Energy Project

Best Innovation in Event Tech

Winner: Reed Exhibitions Australia for Emperia

Best New Product or Service

Winner: Zadro Agency – Zadro University – ZU

Best Custom Stand

Winner: Exhibit Systems – Cisco at Cisco Live! 2018

*Highly commended: Designteam – Panasonic at ARBS 2018

Most Creative Innovation in Event “Experience” Delivery

Winner: Designteam – OPPO R11s Launch 2018

*Highly commended: Mumbrella | Diversified Communications Australia – Mumbrella360

Best New Show

Winner: Reed Exhibitions Australia – Play World Australia

Best Trade Show Under 10,000m2

Winner: National Media – NoVacancy

Best New Initiative – Large Scale Venue

Winner: Luna Park Sydney – Luna Park Venues

*Highly commended: International Convention Centre Sydney – Legacy Program

Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign

Winner: The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) – Royal Queensland Show (Ekka)

*Highly commended: Reed Exhibitions Australia – All-Energy Australia 2017

Best Supplier Team – Event

Winner: Decorative Events & Exhibitions | Merivale | AV24/7 – Event Inception Collective

Best Venue Team

Winner: International Convention Centre Sydney – AWISA 2018

Best Show Team

Winner: Talk2 Media & Events – Good Food & Wine Show Perth 2018

Unsung heroes

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, commended the judges for their decision to choose two outstanding winners for the Unsung Hero Award as both individuals were quiet achievers dedicated to their customers, staff and the industry.

“Mark Magennis and Stephen Steenson are widely respected for their passion and competency – both help others to shine through their wise counsel and support.”

Mark Magennis has dedicated his 25 year career to building a small business into a highly successful big employer of 80 full-time and 30 casual staff. He has achieved this with his partner, Peter Fulton, the company’s creative director. Mark has been at the helm since 2002, working initially from his small apartment. The Decorative Events & Exhibitions premises now spans 6600sqm of warehouse and showroom facilities in Mascot. He was nominated for the award by his staff who believes he is an exemplary, inclusive and inspiring leader.

Stephen Steenson has worked with Reed Exhibitions since 2003 in operations and also in the show teams. He is the “go to” man for advice and guidance not only within Reed Exhibitions but in the wider industry. He played a key role in the industry during the closure of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and the relocation to Glebe Island and return to ICC Sydney running the first events in each and generously sharing his learnings. Organisers look up to him and younger people are inspired by him and the Association can always count on him to contribute his knowledge for the greater good.