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The awards for 2014 take place at the historic Southsea venue on Monday, January 26, 2015.

They celebrate the very best in the area’s arts and entertainment fields – and now it’s time to reveal the nominations in the 13 categories.

Vote for your favourite, or you can nominate anyone we haven’t mentioned who you think deserves to win. Held in association with the Kings Theatre, the awards are a fantastic way of highlighting the quality of arts and culture in our area.

Winners will be announced on the evening after nominations have been cut down to shortlists of six.

The night will also include our Special Achievement Award, plus some great entertainment. And we’ll also be inviting you to apply for free tickets. So get those votes in before the closing date of Sunday, December 14.

A Best comedy

1. Joe Wells: Joe took his first show to Edinburgh, Night of the Living Tories, where it was well received, and runs the Havant Comedy Club.

2. James Alderson: As well as compering clubs in Horndean and at the Spinnaker Tower, James organised Mic, Bike and Hike for charity.

3. Mike Cox: The winner of the inaugural South Coast Comedian of the Year.

4. Max and Ivan: Nominated for the best Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2014 and will have their own Radio 4 show next year.

5. Mike Wozniak: The Portsmouth comic was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2013, and has continued to do well.

6. Suzi Ruffell: Appeared on BBC3’s Ed Comedy Fest Live and is soon to be performing on Comedy Central’s Live From The Comedy Store.

7. The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue: A duo who have taken inspiration from the world of pop for their double act.

8. Instant Soop: The Havant-based improv masters continue to dazzle audiences across the region.

9. Sean Collins: A well-established name who has them laughing all over the country.

10. Reader nomination.

B Best DJ

1. Dan Thompson: Tipped for big things as some of his tracks are being played by international DJs.

2. Reset Robot (Dave Robertson): A name that will be increasingly familiar to fans of dubbed-out, moody tech house all over the world.

3. Peter Jacks (Chip Jacks): Electronic music that takes its influence from the sounds he finds in everyday life.

4. The Business Partners (Steve Probert & Lloyd Hoy): Two of the hottest names in house music, they hold a residency with Amplified.

5. Chris Vaux: Curator of Discreet, which has built a name for putting on some of the best parties around.

6. Pete Scathe: Host of regular indie nights, including Connection at Scandals and Rock Lobster at The Atrium.

7. Kris Davis (Chris Davies): Purveying ambient techno and deep house, Chris was recently signed to Subjekt Recordings.

8. Matt Berry: A popular figure on the Portsmouth scene with regular sets at The Astoria and Drift bar.

9. DJ Lemon (Carl Wood): The It’s A Sin mastermind marked 15 years of The Hotbox and also played at Bestival.

10. Reader nomination.

C Best band

1. Popobawa: The Gosport trio only formed earlier this year, but have already been impressing music industry figures.

2. The Boy I Used To Be: Signed to Pie & Vinyl Records, their live sets have been winning new fans over.

3. Electric Arms: A four-piece indie-folk-soul combo who played at Victorious Festival and supported Stornoway recently.

4. Kassassin Street: Selling out every gig they play in Portsmouth, the psych-rock band have gained a reputation as a killer live act.

5. Rickyfitts: A noise-rock duo with a justifiably fearsome live reputation.

6. Battery Hens: This fuzz-driven rock band put out their debut EP on Champagne Justice records.

7. Kodiak Jack: Hard rockers who released their second album, and gigged hard – headlining the Wedgewood Rooms twice.

8. The Good Time Charlies: The scene veterans threatened to call it a day recently, but decided to carry on after being overwhelmed by messages of support .

9. The Underground Pilots: When not putting on shows through Pilot Promotions, they’ve been busy laying down their own grunge tracks.

10. Reader nomination.

D Best solo artist

1. Matt Jarvis: Last year’s winner has continued to grow as an artist with shows across the region.

2. Eloise Keating: Winner of the All About The Song competition, Eloise has proved to be one to watch.

3. Luke Ferre: The intense singer-songwriter released a new EP, marked with a gig at The Cellars.

4. Ismael Clark: Recently relocated to Portsmouth from Spain, and released his debut album this year.

5. Laurel: Has been making a lot of waves this year, picking up plenty of airplay and impressing with her live performances.

6. Jerry Williams: She’s written with Newton Faulkner, released an EP, and played at this year’s Victorious Festival five times.

7. Remedysounds: The acoustic beat box machine is a star of the unsigned scene who managed to sell out The Cellars on the same day as Southsea Fest.

8. Marley Blandford: Began the year by releasing his debut album and will finish it by supporting American star Christina Perri in London.

9. Rex Domino: The young hip-hop artist has been building a name for himself as part of Breakfast of Champions with DJ Yoda.

10. Reader nomination.

E Best exhibition/event

1. Victorious Festival: Moved to a new seafront home in its third year, where it proved to be a great success.

2. Southsea Fest: Now established as a place to break new acts as well as supporting local talent.

3. Mutiny in the Park: Dance music got its first major outdoor event in the city, attracting some of the biggest names around.

4. Together in Solitude by My Dog Sighs and Midge: A street-art collaboration that proved to be thought-provoking and endearing.

5. Greg Gilbert at The Spring, Havant: Using biro, pencil and paint, Greg created a world of fantasy and melancholy.

6. Jonny Hannah’s All That Other Mother Jazz at Portsmouth Guildhall: Portrayed a continuing journey into the belly of obscure pop culture.

7. Joella Wheatley, Forgotten Lines at the Aspex Gallery: A solo exhibition of intricate, intense, mysterious tension filled creations.

8. Tricorn exhibition at the City Museum: Proved that absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

9. FACES, Historic Dockyards: An outdoor video installation that drew on 100-year-old archives material.

10. Reader nomination.

F Best restuarant/pub/wine bar

1. Artisan Café, Chichester: A well-designed cafe that aims to charm with its food and drink.

2. Northney Farms Tearooms, Hayling Island: Renowned for its friendly service and locally-produced food.

3. Marmion Pub, Southsea: An upmarket pub that delivers on a promise of better grub.

4. Southsea Coffee Co, Southsea: A welcome independent addition to the coffee shop scene.

5. The Sussex Brewery, Emsworth: Taken over by chef Simon Haynes, the food has come on in leaps and bounds.

6. Montague’s Bar and Bistro, Whiteley: A centrepiece of the revitalised Whiteley with a menu offering local and seasonal sourcing.

7. Truffles, Southsea: Recently refurbished, its menu offers classics with a nod to French cuisine.

8. Jamocha, Southsea: Homemade soups and cakes hit the spot in this funky little cafe.

9. Piccolo Roma, Bishop’s Waltham: With an owner and a head chef both from Italy, this restaurant should know how to deliver. And it certainly does.

10. Reader nomination.

G Best film

1. Karen’s Room: Karen Wakes up one morning to find a handsome stranger at the foot of her bed. But what does he want? By Geoff Harmer and Neil Thomas.

2. Red Curve: A young mother attempts to deal with a grave loss. By Riyadh Haque, John McGinty and Daniel Hawkins.

3. Justice: A condemned man reflects on his crimes. By Mark Oakley and Gavin Damerall.

4. Neglect: Alex is thrown out of his house by his drunk and abusive father. He spends the night looking for shelter. By Sam Payne.

5. Rien: A young immigrant tries to reconcile the loss of her mother. By Riyadh Haque.

6. Abduction: A writer experiences something unexpected. By Harry Bartholomew.

7. A Good Night’s Sleep: Being forced into a double dinner date doesn’t help Anna’s problems. By Sam Knight.

8. Purgatory: A girl wakes up on the plains of Purgatory. In a desperate attempt to survive, she ventures into the unknown. By Zach Richardson.

9. The Missing Reel: Two people come to the end of a long journey. By John McGinty and Riyadh Haque.

10. Reader nomination.

H Best professional production

1. Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre: Imelda Staunton as showbiz mother from hell in Sondheim classic.

2. The Lion King, Mayflower Theatre: Director Julie Taymor created an epic spectacle of the African savannah.

3. Avenue Q, Kings Theatre: Blend of childlike puppetry and adult humour brought to life by 11 performers.

4. Taken At Midnight, The Minerva, Chichester: Penelope Wilton as mother of Jewish lawyer who put Hitler in witness box.

5. Wicked, Mayflower Theatre: Touring production told the back story of the witches from the Wizard of Oz.

6. Stevie, The Minerva, Chichester: Zoë Wanamaker brought Stevie Smith’s poetry alive.

7. Singin’ In The Rain, Mayflower Theatre: The tale of the first Hollywood musical.

8. King Lear, The Globe, Portsmouth City Museum: Small-scale touring production starred Joseph Marcell in the title role.

9. Amadeus, Chichester Festival Theatre: Rupert Everett as Salieri raged at God for producing Mozart.

10. Reader nomination.

I Best amateur drama production

1. Dealer’s Choice, Bench Theatre: A comic and savage play about gambling.

2. George’s Marvellous Medicine, HumDrum: Captured the anarchy, the dark humour and the warmth at the core of Dahl’s work.

3. Birdsong, CCADS: An impressive ensemble piece, with several stand-out performances.

4. Macbeth, Southsea Shakespeare Actors: A stripped-back production marked by some powerful acting.

5. Pride and Prejudice, One Off Productions: Sheila Brit was an outstanding Mrs Bennet, while Nick Rickard delivered as Mr Darcy.

6.The Comedy of Errors, Southsea Shakespeare Actors: Our critic called it ‘the best SSA offering for some time - great fun.’

7. Enchanted April, HumDrum: Gently evoked the themes of love and loss without tipping into schmaltz.

8. The Three Musketeers, Interalia Theatre: Extraordinary sword skills in a neat modern take on the Dumas classic.

9. The Talking Cure, CCADS: Sally Goddard convinced as Sabina, evolving from a hysterical teenager into a bewitching lover for Jung.

10. Reader nomination.

J Best amateur musical production

1. Grease – The Portsmouth Players: Feelgood boy-meets-girl musical jam-packed with hit songs.

2. The Sound of Music – Fareham Musical Society; Nun Maria becomes governess to the Von Trapp family.

3. The Mikado – HumDrum: Nanki-Poo is promised to Katisha but disguises himself as a trombone player.

4. South Pacific – South Downe Musical Society: Ferneham Hall production of post-Pearl Harbour musical.

5. White Christmas – South Downe Musical Society: Kings Theatre, Southsea, hosted this production of Irving Berlin’s classic.

6. Sister Act – Portsmouth Players: Players’ version of 1992 hit film that starred Whoopi Goldberg.

7. A Little Night Music – Portsmouth Players: The Barn, Milton Park, was the setting for this Sondheim work featuring Send In The Clowns.

8. Avenue Q – South Downe Musical Society: Crude songs, naughty jokes that only puppets could get away with.

9. Tommy – CCADS: Story of the deaf, dumb and blind kid.

10. Reader nomination.

K Best amateur actor

1. David Penrose in Dealer’s Choice, Bench Theatre: The Bench stalwart gave a strong performance as Stephen.

2. Ben Counter in Anorak of Fire, HumDrum: Took control of the stage with the play’s monologue as Gus Gascoigne.

3. Paul Denney in Blackadder Rides Again, Interalia Theatre: Stole the show as Lord Flashheart.

4. Sean Ridley in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, CCADS: A particularly elfin Puck in a production that made good use of its venue.

5. Aaron Holdaway in The Comedy of Errors, Southsea Shakespeare Actors: ‘Blazed the trail in the comedy stakes’, said our critic.

6. George Summers in George’s Marvellous Medicine, HumDrum: Great fun playing namesake in this Roald Dahl adaptation.

7. Jonathan Redwood in The Sound of Music, Fareham Musical Society: Made a fine captain and had great romantic tension with his Maria.

8. Stuart Frank in The Three Musketeers, Interalia Theatre: Excelled as the dashing lead D’Artagnan.

9. John-Paul McCrohon in Birdsong, CCADS: Gave Jack a softness that belies his harsh surroundings.

10. Reader nomination.

L Best amateur actress

1. Sue Rourke in Tommy, CCADS: Gave an impassioned performance as the pinball wizard’s mother.

2. Alexandra Maclean in The Sound of Music, Fareham Musical Society: Alexandra Maclean stepped neatly out of Julie Andrews’ shadow.

3. Caz Gilmore in Enchanted April, HumDrum: Delivered wide-eyed wonder as Lotty.

4. Lauren Kempton in South Pacific, South Downe Musical Society: Played Nellie Forbush with sassy conviction.

5. Gemma Valler in Enchanted April, HumDrum: Her Lady Caroline had a subtle sorrow that grounded the play.

6. Sheila Elsdon in Sister Act, Portsmouth Players: An uptight delight as the long-suffering mother superior.

7. Georgie Gulliford in The Trojan Women, Titchfield Festival Theatre: Proved to be no push-over as Hecuba, the queen of Troy.

8. Kim Seagrove in Sister Act, Portsmouth Players: Stood out as the ebullient Sister Mary Patrick.

9. Kirsty Terry in Little Women, Bench Theatre: The Bench newcomer made her mark as Beth.

10. Reader nomination.

M Best classical music act

1. Renaissance Choir: Showed enterprise in programming and quality in performance.

2. Karen Kingsley: Pianist Karen deputised for a full orchestra in the Renaissance Choir’s performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C.

3. Robert Blanken: Rob surpassed even his own usual high standards as soloist with the Havant Symphony Orchestra.

4. Portsmouth Choral Union: PCU promoted potent performances of two 20th century English masterpieces .

5. George Burrows: Conducted the University of Portsmouth Choir in a unique survey of music by Cecilia McDowall.

6. Colin Jagger: Created a unique concert performance with the Havant Symphony Orchestra and Portsmouth Chorus.

7. David Price: Lured James Bowman and Catherine Bott to Portsmouth for their final Messiah.

8. Portsmouth Baroque Choir: Combined ingenuity and drama in a performance of Messiah with Chichester’s Consort of Twelve.

9. Havant Chamber Orchestra: Excelled itself with an accomplished performance of Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.

10. Reader nomination.

How to vote

There are 13 categories and you can vote in as many as you like. Simply choose your favourite from each list, or add your own choice. You can then text your vote or cut out the coupon and post it to us. All votes must be received by midnight Sunday, December 14, 2014.

POST – Fill out the voting coupon in The News today and send it to Guide Awards, Features Department, The News, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth PO6 3EN. A new form must be used each time you vote.

TEXT – Simply send a text message starting with PENGUIDE followed by the category letter and the number of who you are voting for (plus a name if you’re nominating) plus your name, address and postcode to 65550. Only one vote per text message will be counted. The total message must not exceed 155 characters. All text messages cost 50p plus standard network charge. Messages received after the closing date will not be counted but still may be charged.