International Automotive Media Competition
The International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC), is a program to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms of automotive media. The IAMC™ is administered, produced by and is a property of The International Automotive Media Registry (IAMR), ©2016-2017 all rights reserved. IAMC and the International Automotive Media Awards (IAMA) are the property of IAMR.
From 1984 to 1988, the National Automotive Journalism Association (predecessor to IAMC) conducted workshops and hosted Awards Ceremonies at Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On hiatus until 1996, the competition returned as the International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) , still held at the Imperial Palace. Moving to the SEMA Show in 1999 and then to New York in 2002. Noting that only little more than 30% of award winners collected their honors in person, it was decided that no ceremony would be held in 2006 and awards were shipped direct to honorees.
In 2007, the IAMC combined with North American Concept Vehicle of the Year (NACVOTY) and both ceremonies were held at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan. No IAMC ceremony was held in 2012, or 2013. It was 2014 when the IAMC administration passed to Tom Kelley. The ceremony was held again with NACVOTY at the Vinsetta Garage Restaurant in Berkley, Michigan. In 2015, the IAMC and NACVOTY award presentations moved to the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
1984-1988 -- National Automotive Journalism Association | Imperial Palace, Las Vegas, NV
1989-1995 -- Hiatus
1996-1998 -- International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) | Imperial Palace, Las Vegas, NV.
1999-2001 -- International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) | SEMA, Las Vegas, NV.
2002-2005 -- International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) | Sardi's, New York City, NY
2006 -- no award ceremony
2007-2011 -- IAMC & North American Concept Vehicle of the Year (NACVOTY) | Automotive Hall of Fame, Dearborn, MI
2012-2013 -- no award ceremony
2014 -- IAMC and NACVOTY | Vinsetta Garage Restaurant, Berkley, MI
2015 - 2017 -- IAMC and NACVOTY | Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's, Plymouth, MI.
It began in the early 1980’s with Elaine and Walter Haessner recognizing that if automobiles are the second most expensive purchase most people will ever make then the importance of accuracy in reporting on these vehicles, as well as its industry had far-reaching impact that could not be understated.
Through the testing, reporting, research, and dedication of those in automotive media, those who have the strongest influence on how we spend money on vehicles, has a direct result on our quality of life.
The Haessners had already created the International Society for Society for Vehicle Preservation (ISVP) to encourage recognition of, and appreciation for, the contributions of self-propelled vehicles. Through ISVP, they undertook a media awards program to encourage accuracy in automotive media believing that “What is news today is history tomorrow.”
The International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC), and its awards, the International Automotive Media Awards (IAMAs) program was designed to recognize excellence against a standard, not against one another. Each entry is judged on its own merit. More than one IAMA Gold can be awarded in a category, or there may be none. Entries may earn up to 100 points.
There are three Medallion Awards:
Unlike the Medallion Awards that are a scored against a thoroughly refined standard scale, the Best of Division and Best of the Year Awards are a competition against other award-winning entries. To qualify for “Best of Division” consideration, the entry must earn 98 plus points. A secondary judging is then completed to determine divisional winners.
“Best of the Year” is chosen from among the Best of Division awards -- each a Gold Medallion top point earner.
Judging is by peers. The number of judges, and the judges themselves, can change from year to year. Judging is voluntary; some people judge every year, and some on occasion.
The International Automotive Media Competition is conducted by the International Society for Vehicle Preservation (ISVP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational corporation.
The Founding Structure
The IAMC is an expansion and outgrowth of what was originally the National Automotive Journalism Association (NAJA), which had been founded and sponsored by the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, in conjunction with its automotive museum. NAJA entries were peer-judged; Moto Awards™ were presented from 1984 through 1988.
Believing in the importance of the program, ISVP's founder, and executive director until his death, Walter R. Haessner approached the Imperial Palace in 1995 with the desire to revitalize the program, and asked for their cooperation. The Imperial Palace graciously agreed, offering to sponsor the Moto Awards™ and awards banquet.
Renamed “The International Automotive Media Competition” the awards: Best of Year, Best of Division, Silver and Bronze Medallions were initiated, and the points system against a standard of excellence for judging began.
The annual competition solicits works published, broadcast, or streamed within a given calendar year – from January 1st through December 31st. The winning entries showcase automotive journalism’s best for that year are announced during a formal ceremony with follow-up announcements sent to all participants, media outlets, judges and interested parties .
Lifetime Achievement Award
The respected IAMA for Lifetime Achievement was initiated in 1998; the first person to be so honored was David E. Davis, Jr. This peer-driven award honors individuals who have demonstrated excellence and lived with integrity, to serve as an example to those who follow. This individual has, in the eyes of his or her peers, made a substantial contribution to the craft for a period of 25 or more years. The International Automotive Media Award for Lifetime Achievement is determined with the participation of a large number of the automotive media working in a variety of disciplines. A nominating panel develops a ballot of qualified names, which are then voted upon. Nominators and voters change each year to ensure a broad cross-section of input in determining each year's recipient.
Because the awards program was held within a month of the annual Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) convention, entrants were having difficulty getting budgets approved so IAMC and SEMA partnered and the awards program schedule was altered to coincide with the heavily attended trade show. SEMA became the IAMC primary sponsor.
The Moto Awards™ were replaced with the IAMA Gold Medallion. This was a positive move; attendance increased -- at first! However, when vehicle manufacturers caught on to the fact there was a cadre of media in Las Vegas the weekend prior to SEMA, they began holding press introductions which conflicted with the IAMC professional development workshop schedule and awards ceremony. Journalists struggled to attend multiple events as well as the IAMC awards ceremony.
In 2002, the IAMC moved its awards presentations to Sardi's in New York City warmly welcomed by Genia and Bruce Wennerstrom, co-directors of the Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society. Entries remained strong but traveling to New York City to collect an award became harder to economically justify and the well-received awards luncheons ended after four years.
For 2006, only a formal announcement was made and all awards were shipped to the awardees. Traditionally, 30% of awards were placed in the hands of recipients, and the balance shipped. Although always nice to have a formal presentation, the majority of people never received their awards in person.
In 2007, IAMC partnered with Tom Kelley, Director of the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards, and the complimentary programs: one to vehicle manufacturers and the other to automotive media, moved to Dearborn, Michigan.
More people had access to the awards ceremony once the entry and awards schedule was adjusted by a few months and the well-received joint program was held at the Automotive Hall of Fame, Dearborn, Michigan, from 2008 to 2011.
Management changes and major cost increases ended the relationship with the Hall of Fame and again all IAMAs were directly shipped to their respective recipients for 2012 and 2013.
In 2014, founder Elaine Haessner had to back out of the program mid-stream. Tom Kelley and others agreed to take on the IAMC in what amounted to an emergency situation. Having been involved since the mid-'90s, and having a pretty good idea of what was required -- the team literally "burned the midnight oil," and arranged for the IAMAs to be presented at the Vinsetta Garage Restaurant, Berkley, Mich.
Commenting on the change, Elaine said:
"The team has done a remarkable job of not only keeping the IAMAs going, but building the quality and quantity of entries; garnering judges of experience, depth, and integrity; developing an online entry system; and making what looks to be a long-term relationship with the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's, where the 24th IAMC presentation of the IAMAs will be made.
"Walt was an outgoing guy, with great presence, and he was "hands on" all the time. Consequently, many people identified the IAMC with him individually," she continued. "However, it was only with the help of a remarkable group of like-minded people that the IAMC became the highly respected awards program it is today. I'm sure, if he were here, he would feel confident, as I do, that the IAMC is in good hands and looking strong, going forward."
Currently, the IAMC is seeking sponsors to enable us to expand the presentation program, increase publicity, broaden participation in the program, and support the website where all IAMC award winners are posted. www.automediaregistry.com
Past sponsors have included, alphabetically: AntiquePhotoStore.com, Buick Motor Div., Ford Motor Company, Hagerty Insurance, Imperial Palace, Jaguar Cars, Lincoln Motor Div., Meguiar's, Mercedes-Benz USA, MINI USA, Red Bull.
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IAMA for Lifetime Achievement
This peer-driven award honors individuals who have demonstrated excellence and lived with integrity, to serve as an example to those who follow. This individual has, in the eyes of his or her peers, made a substantial contribution to the craft for a period of 25 or more years. The International Automotive Media Award for Lifetime Achievement is determined with the participation of a large number of the automotive media working in a variety of disciplines. A nominating panel develops a ballot of qualified names, which are then voted upon. Nominators and voters change each year to ensure a broad cross-section of input in determining each year's recipient.
David E. Davis
John H. Davis
Beverly Ray Kimes
The International Automotive Media Competition panel of judges consists of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds that evaluate the entries in numerous categories of writing, video, radio, photography, design, internet, and public relations for excellence in writing craftsmanship, visual artistry, and communication innovation across the broad spectrum of print, digital and electronic formats.