Awards of Excellence.

— Installation — Maintenance — Design —

Open to current ACTIVE and INTERIM ACTIVE MBNLA members
Enter now! Check out the Awards entry form.



Projects must have been completed within three years of the entry deadline.


  • Less than $35,000
  • $35,000 to $100,000
  • More than $100,000


  • Less than $75,000
  • $75,000 to $150,000
  • More than $150,000


Projects must have been maintained a minimum of two years.

Private Residential

  • Single family homes

Mulit-Unit Residential

  • Condos, townhouses, apartments


  • Office buildings, shopping centres, industrial complexes, public buildings



Design only.
Projects do not have to be built.

Showcase your Favorite Projects.

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.

  • Motivate Employees

    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.



  • Entrant must be a current ACTIVE or INTERIM ACTIVE member of Manitoba Nursery Landscape Association.
  • Required fee must be included with entry.
  • Entrant must have contracted and executed 80% or more of the work.
  • Entrant may submit up to four entries per category.
  • A project may only be entered in one category per year.
  • Installation projects must have been completed not more than three years prior to the entry deadline.
  • Maintenance projects must have been maintained and under the care of the entrant for two full growing seasons prior to entry deadline.
  • Installation projects may be later entered in the Maintenance category.
  • Design entries must be completed 100% by entrant.
  • Project site may not be the property of the entrant.
  • Projects that have previously received an award in a category may not be re-entered in the same category.

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.

Register Here


  • Project worksheet
  • Eight to 20 color images
  • Video (optional)



    • Project worksheet
    • Eight to 20 color images
    • Video (optional)



    • Project worksheet
    • Set of design plans to scale
    • Up to five ‘BEFORE’ photos
    • Two ‘AFTER photos for presentation
    Awards Ceremony February 12, 2020


    • 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 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.



    Design only.
    Project does not have to be built.

    Photo Procedures and Guidelines

    Photo Selection

    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.).

    File Format

    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.

    Image Selection

    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.

    Photo Cropping

    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.

    Photo Description

    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!

    General Information

    • 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.


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