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GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators is excited to announce the launch of our prestigious 2017 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, digital media, broadcast media, publishing and trade. This year's program features over 60 categories (View here). All works primarily focused on horticulture and gardening topics are eligible. All individuals, producers, and publishers may enter. GWA membership is not required, but GWA membership does qualify entrants for discounted entry fees.

For more than 20 years, GWA has conducted our annual awards program. Originally the Quill & Trowel Awards, the program expanded into the current GWA Media Awards. Throughout its evolution, the GWA awards program has maintained its primary goal of providing public recognition for excellence in gardening-related communications­ in all media.

NEW FOR 2017!

New Awards Portal: GWA is proud to launch this year's program on the new OpenWater awards portal, featuring improved user experience and single sign-in for entrants. To submit and access your entries, just use your GWA log-in. No need for a separate profile or log-in. Learn more here

Student Categories & Entry Fees: GWA welcomes the next generation of garden communicators by offering special student entry categories at discounted rates in the areas of writing, photography, digital media and broadcast media. You must be a GWA student member to enter. Join today

2017 Awards Committee Chair: Ellen Zachos

SUBMISSIONS

Award entries should be submitted in electronic form. However, books and magazines (in the Publisher category) are encouraged to be submitted in BOTH their digital and original published forms, submitted via mail or courier.

ELIGIBILITY

Only works first published and copyrighted between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016, are eligible for entry. 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, etc. may enter. Fees will be based upon the membership status of the award recipient only. GWA Awards Committee members and judges are not eligible to enter. 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.

DEADLINES

Entries received before February 15, 2017 are eligible for a special early-bird discount of $25 off the standard entry fee per entry, and all entries must be received no later than March 15, 2017. Late entries will not be accepted.

JUDGING

A jury of professionals, selected for their experience, expertise and genre perspective, will be assembled to evaluate all entries. Judges may not submit entries of their own work.

Interested in becoming a judge? GWA is currently seeking judges specializing across all award genres, including writing, photography, digital media, broadcast media, publishing and trade. Please contact GWA Media Awards chair, Ellen Zachos at ez@backyardforager.com for more information. 

AWARDS

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 May 2017. Winning entries will be displayed at the 2017 GWA Annual Conference & Expo in Buffalo, NY, August 4-7, 2017, and presented during the Annual Awards & Honors Dinner, when the Gold Awards will be announced.

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