FAQ

What are the HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards?

The Ultimate Outdoor Awards is HGTV's newest awards competition. The awards will celebrate landscape architects, architects and designers who are creating beautiful outdoor spaces.

How do I submit?

Review the 6 award categories, and choose one (or more!) that are a great fit for your inspired designs. Fill out the Project Submission form at www.hgtv.com/designsubmissions by January 24th at 5:00pm EST.

What do I need to include in my submission?

Six photos of your spaces including a variety of angles. These may be submitted through a zip file, dropbox or project link.

How many projects can I submit?

You may submit one project per category.

How many professionals can represent the project?

A project can be represented by one or two professionals. If it is a firm or company submitting the project, only two professionals from the company will eligible for the competition and the prizes. Those two professionals will also be the names and headshots used in the competition.

Can I give credit to other professionals who played a role in the project?

Yes! We always want to give credit where credit is due. If asked to move on to the First Round, you will be asked to fill out a form providing all the professionals who need credit. We will add photography credit to the photo. Other professionals will be added below the photo. These professionals will not be eligible for the competition or the prizes.

What is the preliminary round?

The Preliminary Round is the first round of the competition. This is when the Outdoor Awards team will review your project for the first time. If they like what they see, they will ask you to submit to the First Round.

When will I know if I've been selected for the First Round?

After submitting your project to www.hgtv.com/designsubmissions, the Outdoor Awards team will send you an email asking for you to submit your work to the HGTV Professionals Network to be entered into the First Round. These emails will be sent on a rolling basis from 1/25-2/28.

When will final nominees be selected?

Final Nominees will be selected and notified by 2/29.

How many final nominees will there be?

Each of the six categories will have 4-6 nominees.

How will Category Winners be selected?

The HGTV.com audience will vote for their favorite project in each category. The projects with the most votes from the HGTV.com audience in each of the six categories will be named the "People's Choice Winners". The HGTV.com editorial team will also vote for their favorite project in each category. The projects with the most votes from the HGTV.com editorial team in each of the six categories will be named the "HGTV Editors' Pick Winners". A project can be both a People's Choice and HGTV Editors' Pick Winner, but will not receive duplicate prizes.

How will the Overall Winner be selected?

The judges panel will then review the category winners (People's Choice and HGTV Editors' Pick) to select the Overall Winner based on the Judging Criteria. See rules for criteria.

Are there prizes?

Yes! The HGTV editorial team will take a trip to visit the Overall Winner and film videos to be featured on HGTV.com. The Overall Winner will also receive a commemorative certificate, editorial feature on HGTV.com and be the HGTV Designer of the Month. All Category winners will receive a commemorative certificate and editorial feature on HGTV.com 

Will I receive promotion materials?

Yes, we will be providing you with a badge, .jpeg of the awards image and an overlay to put on your project photo for promotion. These items will be provided to you a few days before 3/21.

Can I announce that I am a nominee once I have been selected?

No. We ask that you please wait until 3/21 to announce your nomination. After 3/21, you can share, post and tweet about your nomination as much as you like!

When will the nominees be announced?

Final nominees will be announced on HGTV.com when the Ultimate Outdoor Awards go live on 3/21.

Where will users go to see my project and vote?

The 2016 HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards will be found at www.hgtv.com/outdoorawards starting on 3/21 at 9:00am EST.

When is the voting period? 

The vote period for the Ultimate Outdoor Awards begins on 3/21 at 9:00am EST and ends on 4/11 at 5:00pm EST.

How many times can I vote?

You can vote once a day, every day for each category.

When will the Overall Winner and Category Winners be announced?

The votting period ends on 4/11 and the winners will be announced on HGTV.com within 7 days.

No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Contest ends at 5:00 p.m. ET on February 28, 2017. For full official rules, visit www.hgtv.com/outdoorawards. Sponsored by Scripps Networks, LLC dba Home & Garden Television, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, Tennessee 37932.

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