September 15, 2019
Myscha StaffordAnother summer has quickly flown by, and to be honest, it’s been a doozy. The wet spring caused delays for those in the profession and many business owners are stressed, employees are stressed, and even the plants are stressed! At times like these, we all need something positive to keep us motivated through the home stretch. Why not give your staff a chance to showcase their hard work by entering projects in Landscape Ontario’s Awards of Excellence program?

This year’s theme, “The Emerald City” celebrates the many innovative projects by LO members across the province. This is your chance to be recognized as one of the best-of-the-best in Ontario. Winning an award showcases the talents of your team and adds a unique credential to your company resume. Below are some tips from the judges for entering your projects this year:

Use different categories

The LO awards program truly has something for everyone. You are allowed to enter the same project in multiple categories if they apply (such as Design and Construction), but to do this, you must submit the entry twice for it to be considered in each category. If there is a very unique element of a project, consider entering the Special Interest category. If you know of an LO member who maintains one of the sites you built, encourage them to enter it in the Maintenance program — you could have a triple treat on your hands for a winning design, construction and maintenance award.

Make your project summary stand out

The project summary is your opportunity to tell the judges why your project should win an award. Judges are looking for a point form description of your project that highlights specific issues, key features and special or unusual site problems. Keep it brief; no fewer than 50 words, but no more than 300 words.

A picture is worth a thousand words

The images submitted along with your entry are primarily what judges base final decisions on. If you’re not confident in your picture-taking skills, hire a professional. Landscape Ontario is happy to connect you with companies that specialize in landscape photography. When photographing your site, make sure it is tidy and free of all debris. We require at least eight images, but please, no more than 15. Do not edit or enhance your photos! The judges may disqualify a project if the images have been retouched.

All in the details

All entries must be complete and adhere to the entry guidelines. There are many fine details that can make or break your submission. Your company name, logo and or reference to the client CAN NOT appear in any images or project descriptions. Winning projects must demonstrate compliance with all safety regulations (railings, fences around pools, etc.). Judges look for master craftsmanship, so be sure to show off the details that best reflect your skills.

Entries will only be accepted until Oct. 1. Winners will be announced on Jan. 9, 2020 at the awards ceremony, held in conjunction with Congress. You will receive one ticket in the mail to the ceremony for each entry.

Additional tickets can be purchased through the Congress website. This year, you also have the option to reserve an entire table.

If you have any questions please contact me at 1-800-265-5656 ext. 2333.
Myscha Stafford
LO Membership and Chapter Coordinator