Where Creativity is Nourished
Welcome to Nailympia
Nailympia is now considered one of the leading and most prestigious professional nail competitions in the world today.
Nailympia prides itself on being a non-biased forum where products and brands have no bearing on the placing of a competitor.
This competition is all about skill and creativity. All skill levels are catered for – the judging system, which has evolved over time, holds true to its original concept of all competitions are judged blind – the judge has no idea who’s work they are assessing and all divisions are judged together in the same manner. The judges have no idea which division or competitor they are assessing. This keeps the system fair and even. It also means a Division 1 competitor can win with a higher score than seen in the above divisions – again showcasing that the skills and creativity are assessed on their own merit.
What is Nailympia & where was it born?
Nailympia was born from The Nail Olympics USA, a competition set up in 2001 in Las Vegas. Set up by three organisations (IBD run by Lee Tomlinson, Dianne D’Agnolo & James Johnson of Too Much Fun and David Daniel & Danny Haile of EZ Flow), the concept behind this new competition was simple – to be non-biased and non-product led. In order to create a fair playing field for all, these three nail brands made it clear that competitors could use any system or brand and would be categorised by relevant divisions pertaining to their skill and expertise. These divisions were to be kept anonymous during each competition and judging, so that each competitor, regardless of skill level, was judged exactly the same. Only after judging, were the competitors then grouped and ranked in their own and correct division. This original ethos remains the same.
Nailympia’s reputation is based on it being run by organisations and individuals that are non-product biased. Alex Fox, organiser since its inauguration into London in 2005, is the editor-in-chief of Scratch magazine. The Australian competition is hosted and run by Reed Exhibitions in Sydney and the USA competition in Texas is hosted by Athena Elliott at The Best Lil’ Nail Show.
Its growth and popularity across the world is a direct result of its mission to bring in key industry figures and experts to judge. The judging panel is an international mix of industry experts who have amassed experience, knowledge and a reputation in their respective countries. Each judging panel has its regular judges for stability and flow, while also bringing in new and fresh experts each year to make sure it remains unbiased while evolving.
This annual competition has become a Mecca for those seeking international recognition and industry accolades. The competition began with 6 categories. It has now moved up to 14 in London. Over the years some categories have been eliminated and new ones have taken their place. These have been dictated by industry and consumer emerging nail trends.
Each Nailympia across the world offers the categories most relevant to its industry.
"This competition is all about skill and creativity. All skill levels are catered for"
The judges are all business people in their own right and give up their time to be there, working and travelling for free. Their respect and affection for this event knows no bounds, such is the reputation that has been built up over the years.