The previous voting system has been scrapped and entrants will now be asked to submit entry forms with supporting material. Two separate judging panels, one consisting of contractors and another of organisers, will decide on the various category winners.
The AEO has also revealed a new brand identity for the awards, developed by design and marketing agency Owen.
The awards will be held in Excel's Platinum Suite on 1 July. The closing date for entries is 31 March.