GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators is excited to announce the launch of our prestigious 2019 GWA Media Awards, the only national online media awards program for the gardening communications industry. Held annually for more than 20 years, the GWA Media Awards have recognized the top professional horticultural communicators in the areas of writing, photography, speaking, digital media, broadcast media, publishing and trade.
This year's program features over 50 categories across 7 disciplines (View here). All works primarily focused on horticulture and gardening topics are eligible. All individuals, companies and publishers may enter. GWA membership is not required, but GWA membership does qualify entrants for discounted entry fees.
By popular demand, entrants may now submit entries in our new SPEAKERS CATEGORY. Judged for accuracy, content and style, each video can be up to 60 minutes in length and from presentations given between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.
2019 Awards Committee Co-Chairs
Dee Nash & Carol Michel
Award entries should be submitted in a digital format. However, books and magazines entered in the publishing categories are encouraged to be submitted in BOTH their digital and original published forms.
Only works first published and copyrighted between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 are eligible for entry. These dates also apply for the Speakers Category. The official copyright date will be the eligibility determinant.
You do not need to be a GWA member to enter. Any writer, editor, publisher, producer, company, etc. may enter. Fees will be based upon the membership status of the award recipient only. GWA reserves the right to determine an entry ineligible if it is inconsistent with the goals and objectives of the organization. Entrants who submit a work in the wrong category will be asked to move it to the correct one.
Entries received before February 15, 2019 are eligible for a special early-bird discount ($25 savings), and all entries must be received no later than April 2, 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.
A jury of professionals, selected for their experience, expertise and genre perspective, will be assembled to evaluate all entries. While judges may submit entries, they cannot submit entries in any category which they will judge in either the silver or gold rounds. Top entries from the first round of judging will be eligible for Silver Awards. The second round of judging, to determine Gold Awards, will include only Silver Award-winning entries.
Awards will be given at two levels: Silver Awards of Achievement and Gold Awards for Best Talent or Best Product, representing the best of each artistic category and the best of each product. Silver Awards will be announced Summer 2018. Winning entries will be displayed at the 2018 GWA Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL, August 13-16, 2018, and presented during the Annual Awards & Honors Dinner, when the Gold Awards will be announced.