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2024 DAME Awards charity nominations open

Nominations are open for marine charity organisations to apply for the chance to become this year’s DAME beneficiary.

The selected beneficiary will receive the total registration fees from the DAME Design Awards competition.

The donation will be presented to the charity during the DAME Design Awards ceremony to be held during the METSTRADE official opening of the show at the RAI Amsterdam on 19 November 2024.

“Running the world’s largest leisure marine equipment exhibition provides us with significant opportunities to improve our social, environmental and economic impact within the industry,” said Niels Klarenbeek, METSTRADE director.

“We want to play our part in improving the leisure marine sector’s social footprint by connecting people with the networks and funds they need to help address the big opportunities and challenges they face.”

Good causes

All DAME Awards entry fees are donated to charities, with more than €250,000 contributed to good causes since 2008.

Last year a cheque for €14,250 was presented to The Magenta Project, a collective working towards greater equity and inclusion in sailing, with a focus on gender.

“The Magenta Project is all volunteer based,” explained chief coordination and engagement officer, Meg Reilly. “The funds have enabled us to increase our human resources and helped to provide pay for women who have been supporting the project for many years.

“As a direct result we’ve been able to advance our mentoring programme, our volunteer base has grown, and we’ve been able to expand with regional branches such as one in the Asia Pacific region.”

Certified leisure marine-related public charities should apply by 1 May 2024 to be considered for this year’s DAME donation. Applications must be made online at

The selected charity will be announced in mid-June. Entries to the DAME Awards can be made from July to mid-September with all companies exhibiting at METSTRADE 2024 able to enter their new products for consideration by an international jury.

The DAME Design Awards celebrates and recognises the dedication to excellent product design by marine equipment companies who are driving the industry forward.


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