Projects must have been completed within three years of the entry deadline.
Projects must have been maintained a minimum of two years.
Projects do not have to be built.
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Be recognized by your peers. Promote your business. Inspire others.
Promote Your Work Quality
Only the best businesses can say they are award-winning! MBNLA will help back you up by promoting your projects through all electronic and print platforms.
Build Customer Relationships
Word-of-mouth advertising is the most valuable marketing tool. Your client will be thrilled you won an award for their property and will spread the word to potential clients.
Winning awards reinforces to your employees they are doing a great job and motivates them to continue to improve.
Build A Photo Library
Documenting your hard work will help you better explain the details of new jobs to prospective clients.
Recognition at MBNLA Awards Ceremony
Your company will be highlighted in front of your industry peers during the awards ceremony at our annual premiere event, The Grow Conference.
Award Entries Deadline December 1, 2019
Submit your Entry in 3 Simple Steps
Photograph your project
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure yours tell the project’s entire story.
Register your entry
Complete a separate registration for each entry online.
Submit entry description and photographs
Follow the link received in your confirmation email to complete the online project worksheet and upload photographs.
- Entries are judged on submitted material only, no site visits are undertaken
- Submission materials are given to members of the judging committee who review the content and photos and complete individual judging reports
- All entries will be judged between December 1 and January 10
- Feedback on entries is available by written request to firstname.lastname@example.org from March 1 to April 15 only
- Judging will be conducted by professionals in the fields of architecture, contracting, education and horticultural services
- Each project is evaluated on individual merit, independent of other entries, regardless of size or cost
- Top point scorer(s) may be selected by Manitoba Nursery Landscape Association for submission to the National Awards of Landscape Excellence
- Entries are confidential
- The decisions of the judges are final
- Awards may not be awarded in all categories
Award of Excellence
85.0 to 100.0 points
Award of Merit
70.0 to 84.9 points
Entries must have been completed within THREE years of the entry deadline.
Projects must have been maintained a minimum of TWO years.
Photo Procedures and Guidelines
Choose only the best images for award submission. Photographs must be current. Multiple views within one image are not allowed. Photographs must provide a thorough view of the project. Submit eight to 20 photos. Do not change the original image size or adjust with photo-editing software. Remove distracting objects such as garden hoses, stray tools or litter before photographs are taken. Lead off and end with beautiful “after” photographs. Entrant’s company name cannot appear in any photographs (uniforms, trucks, etc.).
JPEG files are PREFERRED – but only if saved at the lowest compression/highest quality settings. Images should be at least TWO megapixels (2000 x 1312 pixels or larger). Smaller photos will look fuzzy when viewed by the judges and at the awards ceremony. TIFF, BMP or PNG files may also be submitted. Use lossless compression when saving other bitmap formats. DO NOT submit images in PowerPoint or other presentation program.
Provide a range of images showing the scale of the project. Include up to five “before” or “in process” images as the judges need to see the final result to fairly assess the finished project. For judging and awards presentation video purposes, horizontal photographs are preferred. Vertical photographs must be severely cropped for the awards presentation. If you need to illustrate vertical scale of a project feature, use a wide angle lens while holding the camera horizontally.
All images used in the awards presentation video will be cropped to a 16 x 9 widescreen aspect ratio after judging. The entrant may pre-crop images to achieve the most pleasing aesthetic. Ensure final cropped images are a minimum of 2000 pixels wide.
Be concise with the verbiage, especially with special features, obstacles, timelines, etc. Avoid overly dramatic language. Do not use entrant’s company name in the description.
Image File Names
Before submitting photographs, rename image files using an abbreviated version of the project name and number them 01, 02, 03, etc., to reflect the order in which the judges should view them. Use leading zeros on single digits so the files stay in order. For example, MBNLA01, MBNLA02, MBNLA03.
Release of Information
All submitted materials become the sole property of Manitoba Nursery Landscape Association (MBNLA). MBNLA publishes photographs of projects in its publications and marketing/promotional materials, on its website, and sends them to the media. These photographs serve to inspire others in the lawn and landscape industry, to enhance our industry’s value and reputation, and to recognize your hard work. You will be asked to complete the photo release form during the application process.
Tips for Award Entries
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure yours tell the project’s entire story!
- Begin and end your submittal with a “wow” photo.
- Make a list of things to do to get the site ready for the shoot.
- Photo document any site difficulties mentioned in the project description.
- Make sure the job site is tidy in ‘in progress’ photos.
- Allow a freshly completed project to mature a season or two.
- Make sure company name and logo are NOT visible in photos.
- Have someone proof your submittal to ensure it makes sense.
Take Great Photos
- Use a tripod for better depth of field and composition.
- Get down low. In most cases, a lower view looks better.
- Squint when looking for composition to abstract your view and increase contrast.
- Take photos right before sunrise and just after sunset for a wonderful light spectrum.
- Take advantage of hazy or overcast days for saturated colors and elimination of shadows.
- Take ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots from the same vantage point.
- Include people in photos to highlight the landscape and design to demonstrate use and scale.
Prepare the Site
- Freshly sweep, trim and mow the site.
- Remove weeds from shrub and garden beds.
- Sweep mulch from hard surfaces.
- Deadhead and prune plants and trim shrubs uniformly. Remove all tags and flagging.
- Check turf for consistent color, texture and weeds.
- Remove visual distractions such as hoses, litter and toys.
- If night lighting is part of the photo, ensure there is enough lighting to show the site.
- Use props such as dishes, candles or bowls of fruit to make outdoor furniture look inviting.