The Art and Olfaction Awards Announces Judges, Opens Submissions

An international panel heralds an ongoing commitment to dialogue and community in global independent perfumery.

Continuing its commitment to broadening global communication in our field, the Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO) is delighted to announce that the fourth annual Art and Olfaction Awards (AOA) events will take place in Europe: the twenty-five shortlisted perfumes and projects will be announced at Esxence in Milan (March 2017), and the five winners will be announced in a public ceremony in Berlin, on May 6, 2017.

Submissions for the awards are open to independent and artisan perfume brands, and experimental practitioners with scent from all countries. Submissions opened on October 5th, 2016 and close on November 28th, 2016 at 11:59pm (PST).


In addition to this, the IAO-AOA has expanded the panel of expert judges to better represent the global community it serves. 2017’s judges include Michael Edwards (UK/Australia), Luca Turin (Greece), Christophe Laudamiel (USA), Annick Le Guérer (France), Katie Puckrik (England), Mandy Aftel (USA), Sarah Horowitz-Thran (USA), Andy Tauer (Switzerland), Helder Suffenplan (Germany), Denyse Beaulieu (France), Mark Behnke (USA), Matthias Janke (Germany), Steven Gontarski (USA), Antonio Gardoni (Italy), Ashley Eden Kessler (USA), Bruno Fazzolari (USA), Dana El Masri (Canada), Harald Lubner (Germany), Sherri Sebastian (USA), Yvettra Grantham (USA), Ashraf Osman (Switzerland), Caro Verbeek (The Netherlands), Kaya Sorhaindo (Germany/USA), Kóan Jeff Baysa (USA), Matthias Tabert (USA), Simon Niedenthal (Sweden), with several more to be announced.

The IAO-AOA also continues its research collaboration with us, sharing submission data with Dr. Claus Noppeney at the Scent Culture Institute (in affiliation with Bern University of Applied Sciences), who is collecting data over the course of several years to promote the artisan and independent perfume world through considered research. The data created by the AOA will partly be used for academic research purposes and for further developing the Awards. The anonymous results may be made available in publications and at industry events. (If you do not want to participate in this research, you may tick the ‘do not participate’ box in the submission form.)

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About the Art and Olfaction Awards
Awarded to just four perfumes and one experimental project a year, The Art and Olfaction Award is designed to raise interest and awareness for independent and artisan perfumers – and experimental practitioners with scent – from all countries. By shining a spotlight on perfumery’s most outstanding creators, we hope to help generate support for independent practices in perfumery as a whole. The Art and Olfaction Awards are a program of The Institute for Art and Olfaction, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, USA.