Awards of Excellence - How to Enter

Entries for the 2019 Awards of Excellence will be open to January 31, 2020 at 11:59pm pst. 


The Interpretation Canada Awards of Excellence program is not a competition; entries are judged based upon individual merit. Each product that meets the benchmarks for its category will be recognized. 


We have three categories: 

Personal Interpretation: heritage interpretation that is facilitated by a live interpreter or interpreters that does not fall into the theatrical category.

Theatrical interpretation: personal interpretation that uses theatrical techniques such as role playing or characterization.  

Non-personal interpretation: heritage interpretation that does not rely on the physical presence of an interpreter, and uses communications media such as text panels, exhibitions, video, digital media, etc.


All entries should fit within the broad definition of heritage interpretation: 

"Heritage interpretation is any communication process designed to reveal meanings and relationships of cultural and natural heritage to the public, through first-hand involvement with an object, artifact, landscape or site." (Interpretation Canada, 1976)

Submit one interpretive product per entry, not a compendium or collection, and not a marketing or outreach product featuring multiple programs.


New 2019 Submission Guidelines

How To Enter:

1) Document your programs/interpretive products.  Please spend time making sure that you have good-quality video, images, scripts and/or outlines of your work. It’s helpful for the judges panel to see the interpretive products in context—to be able to see and appreciate how your audiences interact with your work.  

For personal interpretive media, videos of your entire program are required for the personal and theatrical categories. Videos should include the introduction, body, and conclusion of your program.  It is helpful if the video also captures some of the audience's response. 

For non-personal interpretive media, you can include photos, .pdf's of your projects, and/or videos of people interacting with your material. All images must clearly show all images and text, and be legible to the judges.  If you send video, please ensure that it is accessible to the judges (I.e. no passwords required). Please provide high quality images. 


2) If you have videos, upload them onto a video sharing platform (such as youtube or vimeo). Please ensure that the viewing permission is open and does not require a password. Note: videos submissions are limited to 1 hour in length for the total program (regardless if it is one video or multiple).


3) Submit your entry using the event registration form. Select "Register" at the bottom left-hand corner of the page and follow the prompts to complete your entry. You will be asked to provide information on your entry. You may upload any additional files or provide web links to videos with the event registration form. Please provide additional files in PDF format. Ensure that any images are high quality. 

Any supplemental information you wish to include in your entry, please keep this brief.


4) You will receive a confirmation email with a receipt of payment and acknowledgement that your entry was received. 


If you have issues uploading your submission files, please email the files to awards@interpretationcanada.ca. 


Administration Fee:

$15 (plus GST) for members 

$45 (plus GST) for non-members. (Note: the administration fee for non-members includes a one-year individual professional membership.)


Questions?

Contact awards@interpretationcanada.ca. 

Incomplete entries may be disqualified. Refunds will not be given for incomplete entries.







Evaluation Criteria

The following is a general overview of the evaluation criteria for Interpretation Canada’s Awards of Excellence:

Personal Interpretation Programs (Theatrical)

- Incorporation of theme

- Purposefulness of program as it relates to goals and objectives

- Identification of target audience

- Call to action

- Best practices and interpretive principles

- Organization of presentation

- Support materials

- Delivery techniques

- Audience Engagement


Personal Interpretation Programs (Non-theatrical)

- Incorporation of theme

- Purposefulness of program as it relates to goals and objectives

- Identification of target audience

- Call to action

- Best practices and interpretive principles

- Organization of presentation

- Support materials

- Delivery techniques

- Audience Engagement


Non-personal Interpretive Products

- Incorporation of theme

- Purposefulness of program as it relates to goals and objectives

- Identification of target audience

- Call to action

- Best practices and interpretive principles

- Content

- Design


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