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General Guidelines

·        Projects completed in 2020, 2021, or 2022 may be submitted.

·        Projects entered into a previous program that did not place as a winner or runner-up are eligible for re-entry.  

·        All entries must be original to the submitting designer.

·        All entries must have taken place in a residential space. Commercial projects will be disqualified except for those in the business practice categories.

·        Application questions must be answered fully. Failing to complete the application may result in disqualification or not meeting the minimum score required to be considered.

·        All entries become property of the Interior Design Society. The designer agrees that entries may be used by IDS in promotional or information materials without compensation to the designer.

·        Applicants must be members in good standing of The Interior Design Society.

·        Members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council are eligible to submit a project in the Sustainable Design category.



·        Judges are comprised of subject matter experts, educators, press, and distinguished designers.

·        Judges are not required to select a winner if submitted projects do not meet the minimum score of the judging criteria.

·        Each submission is rated numerically based on your responses to application questions as well as basic elements and principles of design.



·        Space Design and Singular Area categories are guaranteed to have a winner AND a first runner up.

·        Specialty Award categories will have a winner only. See categories here


Required Documentation

·        All submissions must be accompanied by a release form signed by the homeowner and photographer. Click here to download the form. 



 ·        We highly suggest the use of hi-res professional photography.

·        Submission must include at least one “before” photograph except for the new construction and business practices categories.

·        Highly photoshopped photography, or digital renderings, including the addition of furnishings or design elements will be disqualified.

·        Identifying aspects including but not limited to images of clients, logos, watermarks cannot be included in photography

·        Photography file names cannot include identifying information such as designer or client names.  


  Submission Fees

·        Submissions are $100 each except for IMPACT awards and Student Design Award Submissions which are no charge. All submission fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to other programs or applicants.

·        A 20% early bird discount will apply from March 1, 2022 – March 15th, 2022. Applicants may pre-purchase entries to use any in any category, at any time before the final 2022 deadline. Pre-purchased entries are non-refundable and non-transferable to other programs or applicants.  


Questions? Contact doty@interiordesignsociety.org