Founded in 1994 by sexuality campaigner Tuppy Owens, The Sexual Freedom Awards(formerly know as the Erotic Awards) is an annual British event that honours achievement in the sexuality and erotica industries. The awards ceremony is an annual event in London that was originally held at the “Sex Maniacs Ball” but now is a fully fledged award night it its own right. They raise funds for the “Outsiders Club”, a charity that helps disabled people find partners. They are now accepting nominations for the 2016 awards, click here for more details.
Previous winners have included
Lifetime Achievement of the Year 1994: Derek Jarman
Painter, theatre designer and controversial film-maker. One of the fathers of international “New Queer Cinema”, Jarman’s sexuality had always been a significant part of his work, but after his diagnosis as HIV it became its principal, determining factor. Upon graduation from King’s in 1963, Jarman took up his place at the Slade. Arriving at a time of great liberation, it was here that he truly came to terms with his sexuality and allowed it to be expressed in his art. He died on 19th February 1994 from AIDS-related complications. He had been a darling of the sex world.
1998 Writer of the Year William Levy. William Levy (born January 10, 1939), also known as the Talmudic Wizard of Amsterdam, is an American writer, editor and former radio personality, and the author of such works as The Virgin Sperm Dancer, Wet Dreams, Certain Radio Speeches of Ezra Pound and Natural Jewboy.
2003 SEX WORKER OF THE YEAR : Seb Cox (London) : Erotic Male Masseur and Ejaculation Coach
2002 Erotic Awards Lifetime Achievement : Burnel Penhau Also known as “Transformer” (1 June 1964 to 5 Aug 2002). Read obituary by Tuppy Owen, here
2001 : 8th Erotic Awards Photographer of the Year : Petter Hegre http://hegre-art.com
2015 Sex Worker of the Year Seani Love – JOINT WINNER! : Seani Love runs the School of Erotic Mysteries, an organisation dedicated to demystifying sexual practices, spreading wisdom about embodied consent and boundaries, and making sex safer and more beautiful for everyone through its many wonderful and diverse specialist teachers. With a background in sex magick, BDSM and ritual, Seani works closely with the healing and consciousness-expanding potential of certain kinds of sexual exploration. He has a special interest in the darker realms, such as shadow integration, which is best explored using shamanic sexual practices that lead to places of power and love.
2013 Photographer of the Year– Predrag Pajdic A London-based artist, art historian and curator. He is the founder and editor of the art photography blog “The Pandorian,” and his work has been shown internationally and at solo and group exhibitions worldwide. He also writes about and lectures on contemporary art, photography, and fashion. Have a look at his website is art is amazing