He is one of 30 figures nominated by a panel of trade figures to celebrate 10 years of Wine Intelligence.
Ten winners will be selected from the shortlist by a panel of judges to win the Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Awards.
Atkin is one of just three journalists in the shortlist – the others are Robert Parker and Anthony Madigan, editor of Australia’s Wine Business Monthly.
Other high-profile figures in the shortlist include Wines of Chile UK’s European director Michael Cox, Wines of South Africa chief executive Su Birch, and Ian Harris, chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.
The awards will be presented by the judges at a series of 10 events between March and November this year, which Wine Intelligence will host in locations across Europe, Asia, North and South America.