The Academy of Chocolate is calling for entries from chocolatiers worldwide to take part in its eighth International Awards.
Closing date for entries is 23 March. Categories include best milk chocolate bar, best dark flavoured bar, best filled chocolates, best drinking chocolate, and best packaging.
The contest will take place at the Culinary Arts and Hospitality School at Westminster Kingsway College in London.
Entrants must submit an entry along the required guidelines to head of the faculty for hospitality and culinary arts Gary Hunter, online here, with multiple entries allowed per category. All products entered must be available for retail, and each will attract a fee of £40 per submission, or £35 during the "early bird" period. Any products arriving from outside the UK must be sent with their shelf life and fragility accounted for.
The chairman of the panel is pastry chef and teacher Michael Nadell.
Nadell commented: "It's a pleasure to be leading the panel of judges at these prestigious awards. They have developed a reputation as an independent certificate of excellence. As a chef and patissier I know I can rely on their medal winners. As a teacher I am delighted in the encouragement they give to newcomers."
Chairman of the Academy of Chocolate, Sara Jayne Stanes OBE, said: "The fine chocolate industry is fast growing and changing and we have spent a great deal of time consulting with producers and carefully revising and updating our categories to reflect developments."
Founded in 2005 and with Michel Roux as its patron, the Academy of Chocolate brings together leading chocolate professionals in a bid to educate consumers and producers about the value of fine chocolate.