March 15, 2017 - Comments Off on March 23: Shortlist Announcement

March 23: Shortlist Announcement

On March 23 at 1pm (CET) we will announce the shortlisted perfumes and experimental projects with scent for the fourth annual Art and Olfaction Awards in a special presentation at Esxence, in Milan. The announcement will be made by some of our partners and judges: Luca Turin, Helder Suffenplan, Adam Eastwood and Franco Wright, Antonio Gardoni, Christophe Laudamiel and Saskia Wilson-Brown.

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February 3, 2017 - Comments Off on Orange


Director Aaron Weldon took some time last month to make a short promotional video for the Art and Olfaction Awards - with a thematic focus on the transportive power of scent.

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January 5, 2017 - Comments Off on Nose Job, by Andrew Berardini

Nose Job, by Andrew Berardini

Every year, we commission a writer to compose some lines on what scent means to them. In 2015, we invited Los Angeles-based art writer Andrew Berardini to take on the task. What follows are his musings on the humble schnozz.

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December 29, 2016 - Comments Off on Photos: Judging

Photos: Judging

Cliché: A picture is worth a thousand words.

Truth: It's devilishly difficult to describe a process or an experience in cold prose (not to mention the fact that it would make for a dreadfully boring read). We'll rely on the visual.

What follows are a few snapshots from some of the judging sessions that have taken place at the IAO, so far.

These are still early days: We'll be in the process of judging the submissions for the next few months. But we'll be sure to add updates - as they trickle in - here on our 'news' page.

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December 18, 2016 - Comments Off on Update: Preparing for judging

Update: Preparing for judging

For the curious, what follows is a brief post about this year's new administrative challenges, and resulting changes to our judging process.

Submissions: Packed up and ready to be sent out to the judges

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December 3, 2016 - Comments Off on Processing Submissions

Processing Submissions

The online submissions form has closed and here at the #AOAwards we're deep in the hard work of processing the physical submissions, as they come in. We thought that it would be a good time to write a post about exactly what happens when we receive your samples in the mail.


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November 29, 2016 - Comments Off on Submissions are closed!

Submissions are closed!

That's a wrap! Submissions for the 4th annual Art and Olfaction Awards are officially closed.

With a marked increase in submissions this year, the 2017 Awards will present a stellar group of perfumers and creative practitioners with scent.

As is our custom, we will post participation statistics within the coming week. In the meantime, our big thanks to all the perfumers and artists who decided to participate, and a massive thanks (in advance!) to our devoted group of judges.

They certainly have their work cut out for them.


October 5, 2016 - Comments Off on Submissions are open.

Submissions are open.

The time is now!

We are now accepting submissions for the fourth annual Art and Olfaction Awards.

Submission for the awards are made through a two-part submission process:

  1. The online submission form (accessible at the button, below)
  2. A physical package containing the perfume

Once you submit your online form, you will receive an email with instructions about sending your physical submission to the IAO.


Submissions open:  9:00 am (PST) / 6:00 pm (CEST) Wednesday October 5, 2016
Online submission form closes: 11:59 pm (PST), Monday November 28, 2016 / 8:59 am (CEST) Tues. Nov 29
Post deadline*: Monday December 12, 2016
* We allow a grace period of two weeks to get the perfume to us in the mail.

Announcement of finalists: March, 2017 at Esxence in Milan
Award ceremony: Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Silent Green Kulturquartier in Berlin


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