GardenComm, the only national online media awards program for the gardening communications industry. Held annually for more than 20 years, the GardenComm 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 (View here). All works primarily focused on horticulture and gardening topics are eligible. All individuals, producers, and publishers may enter. GardenComm membership is not required, but GardenComm membership does qualify entrants for discounted entry fees.
For more than 20 years, GardenComm has conducted our annual awards program. Originally the Quill & Trowel Awards, the program expanded into the current GardenComm Media Awards. Throughout its evolution, the GardenComm awards program has maintained its primary goal of providing public recognition for excellence in gardening-related communications in all media.
Award entries should be submitted in electronic form. However, books (all categories) and magazines (publisher category only) are encouraged to be submitted in BOTH their digital and original published forms, submitted via mail or courier.
Only works first published and copyrighted between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 are eligible for entry. These dates also apply to the Speakers category. The official copyright date will be the eligibility determinant.
You do not need to be a GardenComm member to enter. Any writer, editor, publisher, producer, company, etc. may enter. Entry fees will vary based upon the membership status of the award recipient only. GardenComm 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.
Thank you to the 2020 Awards Committee Co-Chars: Carol Michel & Dee Nash.
Entries received before March 2, 2020 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 31, 2020. 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. No judges may NOT judge their own entry, or any entry made by anyone else that included the name and/or work of the judge. 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. Judges will not provide feedback on individual 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 June 2020. Winning entries will be displayed at the 2020 GardenComm Annual Conference & Expo in Williamsburg, VA, August 10-13, and presented during the Annual Awards & Honors Ceremony, when the Gold Awards will be announced.