How to enter the AILDM Design Awards

BLUE Landscape Architects

Please read the following guidelines carefully!

Are you eligible to enter?

  • To enter the 2018 Awards you must be a financial full member of AILDM. 
  • Students and Friends of AILDM cannot enter the National Landscape Design Awards. 

When is the entry deadline?

  • All plans, photographs and other material must be submitted online by 5pm Friday 15 June 2018.

Can a design office enter the awards?

  • Either the principal of that office must be an AILDM member, or the office must have a business membership for a design office to enter the AILDM Landscape Design Awards. All major design contributors from your company must be acknowledged on the entry form, and will be recognised at the presentation evening if your entry wins. A winning award will have your company's name on it.
  • If an employee of a design office enters the awards independently then they must have been the only contributor to the design and documentation of the entry. The employee must also be an AILDM member. A winning award will have the name of the member on it



What should you include in the entry?

The following are essential entry items, helping the judges to understand the site and the design. As judging will be made solely on the basis of submitted material, clarity and detail are important.

Please Note - Your name or the name of your business must not appear on any documents submitted. The only identification to be used is your AILDM member number. The only exception to this is the client permission form on which your name is stated.

1. Documentation (all written documents should be PDF format)

  •  A title for your entry eg. St Kilda Project. This title is to be used on all documents and images.
  • A clear written statement setting out your client's brief and design intend (max 500 words)
  • An explanation of the constraints and opportunities of the site including soil, topography, natural vegetation and climate (max 200 words).
  • Scope of works (max 200 words)


2. All Entries to include a Scope of Works, including existing features and companies involved in the design process as well as construction, Site location, Date of design and installation .

3. Photographs (maximum of 15)  to include:

  •  A range of photographs to fully describe the elements which are covered by the entry.  Clearly identify the existing features or features which were designed by other people. 
  • Close up images of landscape detail 
  • The project title and image No. are to be entered when uploading all images.


Images must be supplied in JPEG format at 300 dpi, and to be minimum 3,500 pixels wide and a maximum 5,000 pixels wide. Images should be a minimum of 1MB, and no image should exceed 10MB in size.

Captions for each image must be provided in a separate sheet and must adhere to copyright and moral right laws.

Photographs to be of high resolution. Please make sure your photographs do not identify the applicant, including through truck or clothing signage. If your photographs have been taken by a photographer other than the entrant, please label them accordingly so we can acknowledge them correctly. AILDM is not responsible for crediting photographers if you do not supply this information.

4. Plans and drawings to clearly illustrate the design.

  • Landscape plan including specified materials
  • Planting plan & plant schedule
  • Section elevation or 3D image
  • Plans must be to scale


Note:  Categories 7 and 11 may not include the plans and drawings listed above.  A brief statement covering why these documents were not produced as part of the project should be included.


The Awards Committee has selected a diverse judging panel with extensive knowledge and experience in all fields of the Landscape industry. Three judges will be allocated to each category. The members of the Judging panel are not current AILDM members.

To ensure equitable evaluation and judging of projects, a consistent set of judging criteria has been developed. Judges understand that a project may not encompass all aspects of criteria.

A minimum number of entries for each category will be determined by the Awards Committee for the category to be judged. If the minimum number is not received the Awards Committee will contact the entrant and entrance fees will be refunded.

  • An Award may not be awarded in every category.  In this case, the Awards Committee will contact the entrant/s prior to the Awards night. Categories maybe combined or split.
  • An entry that as previously achieved a silver or gold award can be entered a second time only. The entry must not be a duplicate of the original entry. The purpose of this clause is to give the designer opportunities to improve the design or time for plantscape to mature.


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