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The annual event, co-sponsored by ATG parent Auction Technology Group, involves novice property, chattels and livestock auctioneers with less than 12 months’ selling experience, hosting a sale in front of a panel of judges and an audience of experienced auctioneers playing the role of bidders.

Christie’s Arlene Blankers, Brettells’ Gemima Brettell, Dreweatts’ Lucy Gregory and Chiswick Auctions’ Jim Peak are among the competitors.

Last year’s winner, Christie’s Georgina Hilton, said the award “completely transformed” her career.

Entrants from the property sector are Gibbins Richards’ Nick Maddocks, Allan Ross and David Wedge.

The event will be held on October 24, at the Cambridge Belfry at Cambourne, Cambridge, a day ahead of the association’s Annual Forum.

Speakers include respected chartered art and antiques appraiser Nicholas Somers and Indian Premier League and Dreweatts auctioneer Richard Madley. ATG editor Noelle McElhatton will host a panel discussion.

For more competition and Forum details, go to: nava.org.uk/events