Tips & tricks for entering

Entering the Housing & Construction Awards might seem like a daunting process, but it’s really quite easy if you follow our top tips. You'll also be prompted throughout the online awards entry process.

It’s all in the details

We want to know as much about your project as possible, so it’s important to provide a detailed description of around 100–500 words with your entry.

When putting the description together, write it against the judging criteria, keeping in mind what potential clients would be interested in, as well as the judges, and include any special features that may be unique to the entry. If you win an award, this is the information we’ll use in the Award ceremony and throughout publications and across social media showcasing winners.

If you’ve got relevant marketing brochures, be sure to include them. These will paint your project in the best light possible.

For some categories, a written submission must also be provided. This details how the entry meets the judging criteria. You'll be prompted when entering your project online.

Professional photos = professional entry

It’s a great idea to hire a professional photographer to take photos of your house or project. Not only can you use the photos to support your entry, you can also use them for your own marketing purposes down the road.

It's mandatory to provide photos of your project with your entry as this helps our judges pick the winners and will be used to promote your win to the media and across a range of official publications. If you don't supply photos with your entry, it won't be accepted.

All photos must be high-resolution and a minimum size of 210 x 140mm at 300dpi (2,480 x 1,654px) or approx 1500kb - 4000kb.

You should submit a variety of shots highlighting main features of the project including:

  • External shots – front entry, landscaping and any outdoor areas like pools, patios and decks
  • Internal shots – kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living areas, media rooms, etc.
  • Feature shots – any main features, such as balustrading, timber or steel work.

Getting the photographer’s permission helps in the long run

Heads up – Master Builders will not reproduce a copyrighted photograph without appropriate authorisation from the photographer or studio. So, if you’re supplying professional photos, please download and complete the photographer authorisation form in our online awards entry system to give us permission to use them.

Changed your details recently? Make sure we know about it

We validate the details in your entry against those in our membership database and on the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) public register, so it’s important to ensure your details, including business name, trading name and licence number are up-to-date with Master Builders and the QBCC.

As stated on entry, the name displayed on the award will be the licensee name and, if applicable, one recorded trading name (as per the QBCC public register). If you have more than one recorded trading name, we’ll get in contact with you for clarification.

Cross all the ‘t’s’, dot all the ‘i’s’

Take the time to carefully go through each section of the entry, ensuring you have completed all the relevant fields. If your entry is incomplete, it may slow down the assessment process.

Once you've completed your entry details, take the time to run your eyes over it a second or third time before submitting, or get someone else from your business to take a look for you.

Make sure you have the owner/client’s permission to enter the project

Before you submit your project for entry, ensure you have permission to do so from the owner, your client or your contractor. They'll need to sign the owner authorisation form, so if you don’t have their confirmed permission, your entry may not progress.

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