Northwest Premiere Landscape Awards Program

2019 Entry Deadline - Saturday, October 12, 2019

Awards Offered

Judging Panel
Judging Criteria
Entry Guidelines
Entry Procedures
5 Reasons Why You Should Enter 
Award Categories 

Award Entries For 2019 Are Now Being Accepted.

The Washington Association of Landscape Professionals is pleased to announce its Annual Landscape Awards Program – recognizing landscape contractors, architects, designers, suppliers, and project owners who have joined in producing landscapes of notable merit.

The purpose of the program is to recognize outstanding performance by Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP) members; foster personal and company pride in superior workmanship; publicize the Association and Industry, and encourage future business for WALP members.

Awards Offered

                Award of Merit = Meets Industry Standards
                Award of Distinction = Exceeds Industry Standards
                Grand Award = There is Little or No Room
Room for Improvement
                Judge's Award = Awarded at the Discretion of
the Judges


The Awards Program is open to all WALP members in good standing. Non-members may participate by completing an online membership application.

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Judging Panel

A panel of experts representing the Landscape Industry will judge the entries through photo presentations. Judges will be selected from the following landscape disciplines: Construction, Maintenance, Interiorscape, Design, Irrigation, Horticulture, and Education.

Award categories are Grand, Distinction, and Merit. There is no set number of awards to be presented. The judges may recommend as many entries as they determine are deserving of special recognition or they may recommend none.

The judges may change any entry from one category to another for the purposes of judging. They will evaluate each project independently of other entries on the basis of difficulty, craftsmanship, the relative contribution to environmental quality, and overall excellence. The decision of the judges will be final.

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Judging Criteria

Based on the images provided for each entry, judges will select the appropriate criteria from the following list to judge each category. (For example, if you are entering an installation or maintenance project where the edging is judged, your edging photograph will be judged on attention to detail, degree of difficulty, turf/bed edges being neat & trim, etc.)

1. Attention to detail
2. Degree of difficulty
3. Overall appearance
4. Quality of both construction and plant materials
5. Quality of plant installation
6. Quality of construction work
7. Attention to drainage & finish grade
8. Quality of lawn/turf
9. Design objectives (does it meet owners expectations?)
10. Selection & location of plant material
11. Harmony of design with surroundings
12. Turf/bed edges neat & trim
13. Pruning of plant material
14. Mulch & surface treatment of beds/planters
15. Seasonal color treatment
16. Structural integrity

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Entry Guidelines

1. Only WALP members in good standing and in the business of landscape contracting, maintenance, and/or design are eligible to enter all categories. Supplier members are eligible to enter into the “Owner’s Project” category.

2. A separate online entry form must be filled out for each project entered in each category. 

3. Any entry application with incomplete or false information may be disqualified from the program.

4. The Awards Committee will review each entry to determine if all entry procedures have been followed. If an entry form is incomplete, the entrant may be notified and given the opportunity to complete the entry, if time allows.

5. Applicants must have completed the majority of the project being entered.

6. All installation projects must be less than three years old; installed after September 1, 2016.

7. All maintenance projects must have been continuously maintained from September 1, 2018 to September 1, 2019.

8. A project entered into this program in a previous year may be entered again if it did not win an award. Previous award-winning projects may be entered in categories other than the one for which it won an award.

9. Category cost limitations must be adhered to and cost verification may be requested.

10. Design/Build entries must include a set of plans in order to be judged as such.

11. Complete projects may be entered in only one category. Sections of projects (water features, containers, etc.) may be entered in one additional category.

12. Entry fees will not be refunded for withdrawn or disqualified entries. It is $125 for the first entry and $100 per entry after.

13. Awards Committee may at its discretion move a project from one category to another.

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Entry Procedures

Complete an entry form online.

Be sure to include all relevant information. Do not include the company name in any of the descriptions. 

Submit a set of not less than 10 or more than 15 digital photos online.

Photos should clearly display the quality of materials and workmanship involved. Include “before”, “after”, and “in progress” photos of the project. Make sure all photo descriptions match your entry form.

1. Photos are to be submitted in digital format as indicated above. If you do not have a digital camera, you can have your photos “digitized” when you have them developed from standard film. Do not e-mail your digital images to WALP. If you can e-mail the image, it is probably too small and does not meet the specifications below.

2. Identify each photo file name with the name of the project and number each to correspond with the photo description on the entry form.

3. DO NOT put a company name in the file name or have your company identified or any date noted on any photo files.

4. Image resolution:

  • The preferred image size is 2550 – 3300 pixels or better. Take the image using the highest quality resolution and lowest compression load possible.
  • Your digital camera needs to be rated 4 to 9 megapixels or greater to achieve these file sizes.
  • TIFF format is best if your camera has that setting. If the TIFF file format is not available, JPEG format is acceptable.

5. The orientation of images can be either landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical). No more than 20 percent vertical images is preferred.

6. DO NOT crop, adjust color or brightness, or manipulate the image. Entries with photos that are enhanced in any way will be declared ineligible. DO NOT include a digital date within the image.

7. DO NOT submit your images in PowerPoint or in any other type of presentation program.

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5 Reasons to Enter - Make a Positive Difference in Your Company

WALP is now accepting entries for its annual landscape awards program. If you are weighing the pros and cons of entering, Awards Chair Linda Zimmer, owner of LBL Landscape Group believes it will be time and money well spent, given the many benefits that are associated with such programs. Following are five reasons it makes sense from a business perspective to enter WALP’s Annual Landscape Awards Program.

1.  Marketing & PR – Awards may not trigger a light bulb when thinking about marketing opportunities, but just being short-listed can improve your business’ brand awareness and access to new customers. Awards celebrate hard work and success, and they are a great opportunity to put your business in the spotlight and have your achievements acknowledged.

2.  Opportunity to Take Stock – The application process for entering WALP’s landscape awards program represents a great opportunity to review and take stock of your business. The process will not only allow you to identify your successes but also can show some areas for improvement. 

3.   Have Achievements Recognized – Winning an award can act as a third-party endorsement for your business. Having your projects judged by an independent panel of respected landscape professionals gives your company increased credibility when pitching to new customers. Receiving an award acknowledges your excellence in a category producing landscapes of notable merit providing a distinct competitive advantage.

4.   Building Team Morale – Succeeding in business requires a team effort and receiving an award gives recognition to your staff’s contribution to the business’ success. This is invaluable in terms of boosting morale and making employees feel proud of the company and their contribution. Bringing your team to the awards ceremony is a great way of celebrating your achievements as a team and also provides good networking opportunities. Mark your calendar for the WALP Awards Dinner scheduled for Thursday, January 23,2020 in Lynnwood, WA.

5.  Confidence & Conversation – Winning breeds confidence. The minute you enter the WALP Landscape Awards program, you elevate your state of mind. The act of entering sends a powerful message to yourself. Receiving an award also generates buzz – making your company more visible to facilitate your continued success. Buzz is a big plus also for your suppliers and subs who played a role in the project, as well as your customers!