ENTER THE 18th AWARDS

This page explains how to register your interest to enter the competition and the steps to be taken to actively participate for an Australian Timber Design Award.

 

The Awards are run yearly via an online competition of which a registration page is made available in the month February each year up until the close of entry submissions deadline.  All key dates are listed in the Key Dates & Fees webpage of this site.

Lot 1, Sydney by Enter Projects.  Image:  Brett Boardman

18TH AUSTRALIAN TIMBER DESIGN AWARDS

Registrations for Entry into Competition - CLOSED

Entry Instructions

If you are in a rush here's how it works:

It is very simple, you just need to 1. Check your elibility to participate in the competition (see tabbed section next below), 2. Create an account for free create an entry account right now , 3. Select your award category to enter your project in (refer to the Entries Categories page  for further information), 4. Complete the online award category submission form / questionnaire (at your leisure. You will be able to save a draft and return to your submission information when convenient). 5. Upload your project photos as part of the submission process.  6. Make sure to follow up on your copyright endorsement nominee as your submission can't proceed until he/she has confirmed his/her approval of photo use,  7. Pay your submission entry fee.  8. We will ask you to make changes if necessary to make sure your documentation is correct. 9. Wait for the Awards Results. 10. Come and join us at the Presentation Night event for the announcement of all the Winners.  11. Get your Australian Timber Design Award (if you are the lucky one) and Enjoy Benefits of Winning an award and/or be shortlisted as a category finalist.

 

For more information or help about the Entry requirements please check out the next/below section.

Entry Information

The tabs below outline a few basic help and guidance outline about the entry process rules.


WHO MAY ENTER THE AWARDS

Entry is open to architects, builders, building designers, engineers, and students working on projects based in Australia OR projects built overseas but designed/managed by an Australian firm. That is, essentially any professional or student involved in the design or building of suitable architectural structures or elements involving an Australian project.

Where the original design concept provider is not the entrant, please nominate who the original concept designer (company) is. And if the designer is from two or more companies, please provide their details as well. If you are not the original designer or if the design was a collaborative effort, please also consider that they may have entered as well. Please check with them to ensure that two entries have not been made (where two entries are received for the same project, the entrants will be asked to combine the entry and to determine how the designers are to be acknowledged).

 

WHAT MAY BE ENTERED?

Entries must be based on projects that make significant use of timber. Projects must be architectural structures or elements of architectural structures; this may include furniture or joinery.

Suitable projects include new buildings, alterations and additions, renovations, interior fit-outs, landscaping and standalone timber structures such as bridges, foreshore developments or sculptures. Furniture and/or joinery may be entered into the Furniture and Joinery category. See the list of entry categories on the next information tab of this 'entry information' guideline.

Entries must NOT have a project completion date of more three years from the start date of an Awards year competition. For this 2017 Australian Timber Design Awards (18th Awards) this means that projects entered need a completion date of 10 June 2014 onwards.  Nonetheless project completion dates of up to the competition's close of entries date (ie. 09 June 2017) are acceptable.  Update: Submissions deadlines has been extended to 23 June 2017. 

Projects have to be located in Australia, nonetheless as from the 2016 competition with a new International Project category opened there is the opportunity for overseas based projects to be submitted but these need to have been produced and/or managed by an Australian firm.

A project that has previously been entered into the Australian Timber Design Awards may be entered again. It may not, however, be considered for any entry category into which it was previously submitted.


WHAT ENTRY CATEGORIES MAY BE SELECTED?

Selecting your award entry category involves that you always start by selecting one (1) Timber Design award category (this is a mandatory entry group).
Then you may also select as part of a new category submission any or all Merits class award categories or Timber Products class categories.  The Merits and Timber Products awards are free and optional to enter your project into to compete for those awards.

 

To find out more about each category's description go to How to Choose Your Categories page.

 

TIMBER DESIGN categories are: -

  • Residential Class 1 – New Building
  • Residential Class 1 – Alteration or Addition
  • Multi-Residential
  • Public or Commercial Building
  • Interior Fitout – Residential
  • Interior Fitout – Commercial
  • Landscape
  • Stand-alone structures
  • Furniture or Joinery
  • Australian Designed International Projects
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MERITS categories are: -

  • Sustainability
  • Rising Star
  • Small Budget Projects
  • Innovative Structure Design
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TIMBER PRODUCTS categories are: -

  • Australian Certified Timber
  • Engineered Timber Products
  • Recycled Timber
  • Sliced Timber Veneers and Pre-finished Timber Veneers
  • Timber Cladding
  • Timber Flooring
  • Timber Panels
  • Timber Veneers
  • Timber Windows and Doors
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PREPARING YOUR ENTRY SUBMISSION

Once you have registered your interest in competing for an Australian Timber Design Award you will be able to start the submission process.

The submission process involves completing an online form based on :

Completing your professional contact details; then

Choosing your Award category to participate in the competition; then

Completing a tailored online questionnaire for your project's chosen Award category; and

Uploading your project's supporting digital photos - these can include a plan image if desired.  Six (6) minimum and ten (10) maximum photos are allowed per submission.  Please note that uploaded plans and drawings images (for the 18th Awards Competition)  will have to be in .jpg format.  They must not have any identifying markings such as company name or address.

 

The submission process questions will aim to determine why your project is exemplary in its chosen category. Each questionnaire will be unique to your project, so carefully select your categories during the online submission stage.

Each submisison questionnaire will request that you upload up to ten (10) low-res project images (see next tab on image submission specifications for more information on the photo file format).

You will be able to complete the submission process in bits at a time by saving the online form/questionnaire as a draft.  Please submit your completed entry online questionnaire and upload your project photos before the closing date of the competition. Do not wait until the closing date to submit the questionnaire, as the system may become overwhelmed close to that date. Moreover, early submissions gives us time to help you with any omissions or with questions you may have regarding your entry.

Remember that your completed questionnaire answers and project images will be used by our panel of  judges to assess your project.  So please make clear why your project’s use of timber is extraordinary. 


HOW TO PREPARE YOUR PHOTOS

Note all photo images can be uploaded during the Submission process in tandem to completing your chosen award online category questionnaire. Again, identify these images with titles, and project caption if wanted, and importantly photographer if more than one (the endorser) has been used.

To maintain consistency in the presentation of the winning and runner up entries, it is important that the following photo file specifications be followed in your images submissions: 

Low-Res Images
The low-res images are used for the bind jugding and People's Choice Award competition page. They should be of the following specification:

Dimensions:
Each photo image pixel dimensions must either be no larger than 800 pixels wide or high depending on orientation and should show in detail the use of timber for the category (or categories) chosen.

File Size:
File size should be optimised for web display and hence should be kept within 80kB-150kB (kilobytes) with a resolution of 72ppi. The submission system won't allow low-res files bigger than 200kB.

File Type:
jpeg/jpg

You must supply at least 6 images, but up to 10 images (maximum) may be entered. Images must show the feature that you think is noteworthy and be of a high standard. Think: Would you want to see this image appear in a magazine with your name attached to it? 

If you have selected to enter in a Timber Products awards category, your submitted images must contain at least one image that includes the product entered. They should also include the feature that makes your project noteworthy for consideration in its chosen category. For example, if you enter the Timber Door and Window category, the images submitted must include within the image the featured timber doors or windows. Images must also be identified in the entry form (file name) and the identification must be included in the description required in the entry form.

To ensure correct attribution if more than one photographer was responsible for the images please make clear which images were taken by each photographer.

 

High-Res Images
The same images submitted as low-res for the judging process must also be submitted in high-res format as these will be published in our Awards eMagazine and forwarded to various media outlets on demand.  Specifications needed to be adhered on these are:

Dimensions:
Each photo image pixel dimensions must either be 1600x1200pix (for quarter page eMagazine layout); or
2400x1600pix (for half page eMagazine layout).

File Size:
Each photo image file size should not be more than 15 MB (megabytes) with a resolution at 300ppi. 

File Type:
jpeg/jpg

HINT: How to Resize Images from a Master File

If starting from RAW / Hi-Res Image, open your TIFF master in Photoshop, then save as a jpeg by selecting File > Save As, then jpeg (or jpg) and Quality 12 (maximum) to Pixel Dimensions specified for submission.
Then you need to optimise your image for the web:
The goal of optimizing your image files for the web is to have images that load quickly, look great and are not so large that someone could download and print your photograph.
Set the longest edge of the image at 800 pixels. Then, save as a jpg/jpeg with quality of around 8 depending on the image (or Save for Web Quality: 70). You want to end up with a file size of close to 100kB ideally. If image focus/clarity is not of the desired quality utilise one of the online photo image optimisers.
http://www.jpegmini.com or https://tinyjpg.com or http://compressjpeg.com

 

FInally, all these photos images are used for the Awards emagazine, the Awards Presentation Night event, and any publicity that results from the Awards.

 

Awards Participation Fees

The online registration stage allows you to provide basic registrant information. After which you will be able to start the Submission process for your project and to pay the entry fee. We recommend that this is done sooner rather than later to the competition close date as the online submission questionnaires are quite lengthy and detailed.

STANDARD ENTRY
$205
Submission(s) Package

 


Initial registration for the competition is free. You will then be able to prepare for the Submission of your project and pay the processing fee.  The Standard Entry fee is $205 (includes GST).  A Standard Entry involves:

  • MANDATORY ENTRY INTO ONE (1) TIMBER DESIGN CLASS CATEGORY
  • OPTION TO ENTER ANY MERITS CLASS CATEGORIES FOR FREE (New Submission needed but NO FEES applied)
  • OPTION TO ENTER ANY TIMBER PRODUCTS CLASS CATEGORIES FOR FREE (New Submission needed but NO FEES applied)
  • 10 MANDATORY CATEGORIES TO CHOOSE FROM
  • 12 OPTIONAL CATEGORIES TO CHOOSE FROM
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  • More information on the Awards competition entry categories can be obtained on the Entry Categories page.

SUPER ENTRY
$415
Submissions Package

 


Initial registration for the competition is free. You will then be able to prepare for the Submissions of your project and pay the processing fees. The Super Entry total fee is $415 (includes GST). This affords a $200 discount on the usual entry fees. A Super Entry involves:

  • MANDATORY ENTRY INTO THREE (3) TIMBER DESIGN CLASS CATEGORIES
  • PLUS OPTION TO ENTER ANY MERITS CLASS CATEGORIES FOR FREE (New Submission(s) needed but NO FEES applied)
  • PLUS OPTION TO ENTER ANY TIMBER PRODUCTS CLASS CATEGORIES FOR FREE (New Submission(s) needed but NO FEES applied)
  • 22 CATEGORIES TO CHOOSE FROM


  • More information on the Awards competition entry categories can be obtained on the Entry Categories page.

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