The National Marine Electronics Association added a new Industry Technology Award to its annual NMEA Product Awards.
The new award will recognize recently introduced products and single out the "best" based on innovative design, benefits to boaters, practicality and value. Judging will occur Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the NMEA convention in Fort Myers, Fla.
Only products that have been released and delivered since the previous year's convention are eligible for consideration. Manufacturers can nominate only one product and it must be a product they sell.
Unlike the NMEA Product Awards, whose winners are selected by marine electronics dealers, judging for the Industry Technology Award will be conducted by a panel from Boating Writers International.
"Boating Writers International is a non-profit organization, and its diverse membership of writers, broadcasters, editors and other professionals have a broad level of experience with many different products and manufacturers," said Tom Burke, chair of NMEA's awards committee and Navico's professional system/in-field specialist, in a statement.
Recipients of all the product awards will be announced at the banquet on the final day of the convention.