How to enter

Please note entries for Dezeen Awards 2020 are now closed. 

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You can enter Dezeen Awards 2020 by going to the enter page and creating an entry. You will need to create an account if you do not already have one, or you can log in using the same details if you created an account last year. You can then enter as many categories as you like by completing the entry form and adding new categories.

Before working on your entry be sure to read this page and also read the terms and conditions carefully. To find out more about the awards categories, visit the categories page.

Please pay particular attention to the entry deadlines! These are listed below or visit the prices and dates page.

You can save and return to your entry as many times as you like. Once you have completed and reviewed your entry, the final step is to make payment. Once you have made your payment you cannot make further changes to your entry.

Key dates

The standard entry deadline is 2 June 2020. Entries must be submitted by 23:59 UK time on the night of each deadline day.

4 February 2020: Dezeen Awards 2020 opens for entries

31 March 2020: early entry deadline

2 June 2020: final entry deadline

9 June 2020: late entry deadline

11-14 August 2020: longlists announced online

7-10 September: shortlists announced online

19 October: public vote winners announced online

4-6 November: master jury days

23 November: architecture winners announced live online

24 November: interiors winners announced live online

25 November: design winners announced live online

Entry fees

Entry fees have been set as low as possible to encourage entries from every type of studio around the world. There are reduced rates for individuals and companies with ten employees or fewer.

Entry fees are as follows:

Early entry until 31 March 2020

For individuals and companies with 10 employees or fewer: £80 per category entry

For companies with more than 10 employees: £160 per category entry

Standard entry until 2 June 2020

For individuals and companies with 10 employees or fewer: £100 per category entry

For companies with more than 10 employees: £200 per category entry

Late entry until 9 June 2020

For individuals and companies with 10 employees or fewer: £150 per category entry

For companies with more than 10 employees: £300 per category entry

Prices exclude VAT.


Who can enter Dezeen Awards?

Dezeen Awards is open to all registered companies, as well as all individual professional architects and designers over the age of 18.

Can I send my entry by post?

Sorry, no snail mail entries! We only accept entries made via the Dezeen Awards website.

What are the Dezeen Awards categories?

There are 42 categories that you can enter: 12 project categories each for the sectors of architecture, interiors and design, and six studio categories. Please visit the categories page for full details.

How many categories can I enter?

As many as you like! Simply add new categories to your entry by clicking 'add new category'.

Can I enter more than one project in the same category?

Yes, there is no limit to how many projects you can enter in the same category. Just add new categories to your entry as explained above.

Can I enter the same project in more than one category?

Yes, if it is appropriate to all categories. If we spot an entry that we think is in the wrong category, we'll contact you.

When should my project have been completed to be eligible?

Your project needs to have been completed between 1 June 2018 and 2 June 2020 to be eligible for Dezeen Awards. See the terms and conditions page for more information.

Can I enter the same project two years in a row?

Yes, as long as you enter it in a different category and as long as it meets the eligibility criteria. But you cannot enter the same project in the same category more than once.

Can I enter my studio two years in a row?

Yes. You can enter the studio categories every year if you want!

Do you accept collections as well as individual products?

Yes we do. You can enter a specific product or a collection of products into the awards.

Do you have a student category?

No, we do not currently have a category specifically for students. Please note that your project must be completed to be eligible for Dezeen Awards 2020.

Does the word limit on the entry form include spaces?

Yes, please take this into consideration when completing your entry. This applies to all fields on the entry form.

Can I edit my entry?

Yes. You may return and edit your entry as many times as you like up until you make payment. However once you've made payment, you cannot change your entry.

What are the rules with adding images into my entry?

There is a 10MB limit on each image that you upload. Your hero image must be uploaded as a square.

How do I make sure that my entry is the best it can be?

Follow the instructions on the entry form precisely – entries that do not answer the questions set will be at a disadvantage. Write your entry succinctly and clearly, avoiding exaggeration and sticking to the facts where possible. Choose the very best images you can and consider getting your project photographed by a professional so that your entry stands out. Read the terms and conditions carefully.

What is the judging criteria?

Please refer to the about page to find out more about what the judges are looking for and how you can impress them!

The entry form asks me to upload a "Hero image". What does that mean?

A hero image is an image that best represents your project or studio, so choose your best image! This is also the image that will be published if you get shortlisted.

Can I add in video content to support my entry?

Yes. We recommend that you include a link to a video in the relevant field on the entry form.

How will I know that my entry was submitted successfully?

Once you've paid, we will send you a confirmation email as well as a VAT receipt.

Does my entry need to be submitted in English?

Yes. Oui. Sí. 是. Unfortunately we can only accept applications written in English.

Can I enter an uncompleted or speculative project?

No. Projects need to have been completed by the closing date in order to be eligible. Please see the terms and conditions page for full details.

Can I pay for my entry with cryptocurrency?

Unfortunately we do not accept payments with cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin.

What do winners of the Dezeen Awards receive?

Each winner will receive trophy designed by Dutch design studio Atelier NL, made from London clay. These, along with certificates, will be presented to the winners once they have been announced.

Will I need to pay anything if I win?

No, there are no hidden costs involved with Dezeen Awards. We will not charge you for your trophy or anything else if you win.

Will I need to attend an awards ceremony to find out if I've won?

No, we will be announcing the shortlist and all winners online, so you will not need to purchase a ticket for the awards party to find out if you've won.

What if I still have more questions?

Drop us a line at This page will be updated frequently so please return to see the latest advice and information.