Submitting an Excellence in Landscape Award for consideration is a straighforward process but does take some initial planning. Below are some timelines to consider and steps to take to ensure your project stands apart.
YouTube Video "Let Your Work Shine"
This video was prepared by the ILCA Awards Committee to help new submitters understand how to submit a Gold Award-winning entry and what the judges are looking for during the awards review.
Up to 1 year prior
- Budget for program entry
- Identify project
- Record pertinent information
- Obtain client approval
Up to 1 month prior
- Select photographs and create file copies
- Compile records and make copies
- Draft text
1 week prior
- Organize entry information
- Finalize text and entry form
- Complete entry package
- Mail/deliver entry
Improve Your Excellence in Landscape Awards Entries
- Anticipate longer times for writing descriptions.
- Consider utilizing a unique name for your project as it will be displayed (i.e. "No Place Like Home" or "Serenity Now").
- Identify constraints of the projects relating to owner's expectations and time.
- Fully explain your contribution to the project.
- Provide conclusion of results, and impact of your work on the project.
- Use high quality photography in your entry.
- Use photography to clearly reflect the progression and professionalism of your work.
- Make sure the shots are staged.
- Don't hesistate to include people in the shots as long as those people are not identifiable or could tie the project to your company.
- Remove distractors including garden hoses, irrigation flags, debris, etc.
Entry Form Information
- Neatness and clarity count.
- Use accurate information and complete all required selections as indicated on checklist.
- The Excellence in Landscape Awards is an annual program.
- Begin thinking about the program and its benefits for your company, staff morale and future marketing.
- Have an active on-going awareness and desire to submit.
- Budget for staff time and expenses for preparation of entries.
- At the inception of the program assign an employee or committee to the project.
- Facilitate the process by scheduling meetings, response dates and deadlines.
- Understand the necessary requirements for submitting an awards package.
- Make certain the entry form is current.
- Qualify projects which will be ready for entry this year.
- Identify new projects which can be considered for entry, possibly in a year or two.
- Prequalify potential entries with clients during design and bidding.
- Prepare a field notebook for each identified awards entry project.
- Have good quality photographs taken of all identified projects.
- Record before, during and after shots from similar angles to allow for comparative views.
- Assess identified projects, anticipating submittal deadline.
- Fill out current (check deadline) entry forms for the projects you plan to submit.
- Write preliminary descriptions for review.
- Prepare and schedule timetable to complete each task required for entry submittal.
- Record information pertaining to the client's requirements, design solution, and construction needs of identified entry projects.
- Have photographs taken of new and previously recorded views, showing scope of work.
- Concentrate on showcasing your work. Begin to finalize necessary requirements for the awards entry.
- Proceed to select and secure photos, final drawings and records of projects to be entered.
- Enter and complete information for the current entry form.
- Continue to photograph all identified projects in progress and collect and record project information in field notebooks.
- Ensure good photo opportunities for projects - consider how projects are being maintained.
- Review entry information and make adjustments for accuracy, impact and completeness.
- Focus on completing entries and on possible future entries.
- Complete and compile final entry package and fees.
- Double check form to ensure accuracy.
- Submit completed entry package by deadline of the early-bird savings.
- Continue to record impact of award entry projects.
- Review on-going projects for future entries.
Word Document Application (submit via email)
Applications maybe submitted using the an online or paper based application The online program allows you to save your informaiton and come back to it at a later date. Please select a link above to get started and follow the step-by-step directions to submit your entry.