Awards of Excellence - How to Enter

The Interpretation Canada Awards of Excellence program is not a competition. 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.

How To Enter: 

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

2) Download the entry form.

3) Register your entry and pay the administration fee of $15 for members or $45 for non-members. 

4) Send your completed entry to awards@interpretationcanada.ca by the stroke of midnight on January 31st.  You must include the following, in PDF format, as attachments to your email:

Completed entry form

 Answers to the questions, e.g. your theme, found on page 2 of the entry form

For personal and theatrical interpretation, provide a link to an uploaded video.  This video must be accessible to the judges, so please ensure any passwords or permissions needed to view the video are included in your email.  For non-personal interpretive media, you can include photos, .pdf's of your projects, and/or videos of people interacting with your material.  If you send video please ensure that it is accessible to the judges.

 Any supplemental information you wish to include.  Please keep this brief.

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  

  • 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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