Each year, Interpretation Canada provides the Awards of Excellence program which highlights inspiring thematic interpretation all across Canada.
The Awards of Excellence program is not a competition. Entries are judged based upon individual merit and are not compared against each other.
Each product that meets the benchmarks for its category will be recognized.
All entries should fit within the broad definition of heritage interpretation:
Interpretation facilitated by a live interpreter that allows audience interaction in real time and can include, but is not limited to, face-to-face interpretation, live-streamed programs, webinars, prop talks, evening programs, costumed interpretation, theatrical programs, guided hikes, historical reenactments, etc.
Please note that the 2019 categories of Personal Interpretation (Non-Theatrical) and Personal Interpretation (Theatrical) have been combined into this category.
Interpretation that does not rely on the physical presence of an interpreter and does not allow the audience to interact with the interpreter in real time. This type of interpretation uses communications media such as text panels, exhibitions, video, digital media, pre-recorded programs, trail signage, activity booklets, podcasts, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, etc.
Please submit one interpretive product per entry, not a compendium or collection, and not a marketing or outreach product featuring multiple programs. If you have questions regarding this, please contact email@example.com
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Submission Guidelines – How To Enter:
Document your interpretive programs/products.
Gather 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.
Upload videos onto a video sharing platform such as YouTube or Vimeo. Please ensure the viewing permission is open (i.e. does not require a password) and does not exceed 1 hour in length.
Personal Interpretation: videos of your entire program are required for this category. 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 live virtual programming on platforms such as Facebook, please provide a link to the video on the original platform.
Non-Personal Interpretation: 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. Please provide high quality images. For virtual content, please provide the link to the relevant platform.
Not sure where your program/product fits? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to help you determine the category and how best to document your interpretive program or product.
Complete the Awards registration form.
Pay the administration fee.
You will receive a confirmation email with a receipt of payment and acknowledgement that your entry was received.
$15 (plus GST) for members
If you have issues uploading your submission files, please email the files to email@example.com.
Incomplete entries may be disqualified. Refunds will not be given for incomplete entries.
The following is a general overview of the evaluation criteria for Interpretation Canada’s Awards of Excellence: