Wood Floor of the Year Rules

  1. The contest is open to NWFA member companies only. All participants must be NWFA members in good standing.

  2. Each NWFA member company entering the contest is limited to a maximum of three entries. The entries can be in the same category, or in different categories; however, each floor can be entered into the contest one time only.

  3. A separate entry form is required for each entry. You may not use the same entry form for multiple entries.

  4. The contest is open to flooring installation companies only. Each floor must meet all the criteria of the category in which it is entered, with the category for each entry marked clearly on the entry form. Each floor must be installed or restored at an actual job site. Floors installed or restored at instructional training events are not eligible for this contest. No previous Wood Floor of the Year entries my be submitted for any category.

  5. If multiple installation companies are involved in the project, only one company may enter the floor in the contest. All companies involved in the installation or restoration should be identified on the entry form.

  6. Each entry must include a completed entry form and a final photo. A before photo or process photo is optional. Photos submitted must be high resolution images (1 MB size minimum). Mailed entry forms with must include a high-resolution, digital file (1 MB size minimum) on CD or USB drive. No entry materials will be returned.
    Photographs should not include any company identification (person, logo, or other item) that may influence the judges, nor should photos be digitally altered. Photoshopped or digitally altered photographs will be disqualified. No company identification will be provided during the voting phase of the contest. You may consider hiring a professional photographer. You can find a member of the Professional Photographers of American on-line at www.ppa.com.

  7. Descriptions will be accepted as requested on the entry form only. No additional information will be used.

  8. Each floor entered into the contest must have been installed or restored, and completed, between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

  9. Each entry must be received at NWFA headquarters by 5:00 pm (Central Standard Time) on January 11, 2019. No extensions will be granted.

  10. Seven awards will be presented, one in each of the following categories: (1) Best Color & Finish Application; (2) Best Circular/Curved Application; (3) Best Parquetry/Inlay Application; (4) Best Restoration/Makeover; (5) Best Textured Wood Application; (6) NEW! Best Use of Technology Application; and (7) Members’ Choice.
    An Honorable Mention award will be presented to 2nd place entries that receive one vote less than the first place winner in any category. Honorable Mention awards may not be presented in each category. Voting will occur online in January 2019.

  11. Awards will be presented during the 2019 NWFA Wood Flooring Expo in Fort Worth, Texas - May 1-3, 2019. Winners will be notified in advance.

  12. Each winner will receive a trophy and will be featured in Hardwood Floors magazine. All other entries will be featured on the NWFA website. Publicity will be distributed on behalf of each winner to trade press, and will be provided to each winner for use in their local media as well. Other participating companies (distributors, manufacturers, designers, etc.) will have the option to purchase a certificate upon request.

  13. Entry in the Social Media contest is automatic. All floors entered into the contest will be eligible. Floors will be featured on NWFA’s social channels. The floor with the most engagement will receive this acknowledgment. The Social Media contest winner will be presented a special award and recognition during the awards ceremony at the NWFA Expo.

  14. All entries, photographs and other materials used in this contest become the property of the NWFA for use in promoting wood flooring and the wood flooring industry. No entry materials will be returned.

  15. The NWFA reserves the right to reject any entry it deems to not be in compliance with these rules. The NWFA is the final authority on all decisions with regard to this contest. 


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