Despite the challenges of the past year, we have been overwhelmed by the number of superb nominations for this year’s awards!
The tough task of selecting the 2021 Finalists fell to our dedicated judging panel, who worked tirelessly to whittle down the selection to 38 finalists across 12 award categories. Two sets of independent judges were involved in the process, beginning with 20 first round category judges who did a fantastic job of reviewing and scoring a record-breaking number of nominations. This was followed by a second set of judges who completed their independent evaluation and scoring.
It was an incredibly hard task for everyone concerned. The high standard of nominations, and the extraordinary people and accomplishments that were presented are truly remarkable. We believe that every single nominee deserves praise for what they have achieved.
We are supremely grateful for the time and support all our judges have so generously given.
Speaking on behalf of the awards judges, Soldiering On Awards Co-chair of Judges, Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, said:
“What a privilege to have judged the Finalists from such a rich list of nominations – all of whom are undoubtedly winners in their own way!”
So, we are delighted to announce the 2021 Soldiering On Award Finalists.
Scroll through the pages to see the Finalists in each category!
Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, The Prime Minister, said:
“The Soldiering On Awards is an important, regular event in the life of the Armed Forces community and I am honoured to give the awards not only my support but the firmest of congratulations.
“Whatever your connection to the Armed Forces, we as a nation salute your extraordinary achievements and express our profound gratitude for everything you do for the people who keep us safe and secure.
“And it is for all that, and more, that I am proud to salute the Soldiering on Awards and thank Ren Kapur and her team for creating a process which showcases the talent and abilities of all of you who make up the Armed Forces community. As we know, the United Kingdom is the best place to be a veteran anywhere in the world.”
Leo Docherty MP, the Minister for Defence People and Veterans, said:
“The Soldiering On Awards is such a great opportunity to recognise some of the heroic work that goes on in the sector. I’m really proud to be associated with it and I fully encourage you all to show your support for these incredible individuals and organisations.”
And a final word from the CEO of Soldiering On Awards, Lt. Col. Ren Kapur MBE:
“There is so much incredible talent within the Armed Forces community. The amazing things going on around the community deserve special recognition – great ideas and innovation, combatting adversity, bringing joy and solutions to society. The Awards really lift the lid on these extraordinary achievements. I could not be prouder of everybody involved in bringing these awards together.”
What happens next?
The winners of each category will be announced during a series of exciting online events to be held throughout October. All being well, and in line with government guidance, all finalists and winners will be celebrated at a Black-Tie gala reception and dinner at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London, in December.
In the meantime, let’s celebrate each of these incredible Finalists and recognise their individual achievements and successes for coming this far in the Awards process.