At the stunning Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday 21st August, over 400 glamorous and excited guests arrived for the annual Australian Beauty Industry Awards (ABIA’s) gala dinner. The evening kicked off with arrival champagne and canapés followed by host and MC for the evening, Mr Will Fennell, introducing entertainers ‘Gentlemen Of Deceit’ to open the show.
Winners were announced in 16 categories including 2016 ABIA Hall of Fame recipient – Cameron Jane Thomas and 2016 ABIA Make Up Artist of the Year – Alana Mevissen.
A new category this year was the Special Recognition Award, which was given to a finalist who despite not winning their category, had shown exceptional tenacity and business acumen, standing out to the judges of worthy mention. This year’s recipient was Beauty On Latrobe.
The Education Category was split into 2 awards for Individual and Organisation and was taken out by Andrew Christie and Cameron Jane Make Up Design Academy respectively.
Also this year for the first time Wholesalers were recognised through an online voting system and following the announcement of the state winners in May, the overall Australian Winner was announced on the night as The Beauty Warehouse, NSW
In just five short years, the ABIA’s have cemented their position as the Oscars of the beauty industry and with a growing number of entrants each year, they are clearly seen as the benchmark of excellence and the most sought after accolade for salons and spas in Australia.
“It is humbling to see how much the ABIA’s have grown in such a short time,” said Linda Woodhead, owner of mocha publishing and founder of the ABIA’s. “Not only did the number of entries increase this year, but the number of guests attending the gala was up by over 30% from 2015. This is something the beauty industry should be very proud of, as am I. It’s great to see year after year the growth of this initiative and how it is now embraced by the industry as the awards what certainly set the benchmark of excellence”