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2020 Hospitality Design (HD) Product Awards Official Rules

This page is to familiarize yourself with the rules of the competition prior to submitting your entry. After you have read the rules of the contest, you can begin the process to upload your HD Awards product entry by creating a login. Once you create a login you will be presented with part 1 of the entry form to certify you have read the rules page. Click here to submit your HD Product entry.

Overview
The 16th annual HD Awards (the “Contest”) products competition is an independently judged awards program recognizing the design of products intended for hospitality interiors and exteriors across 12 product categories.

Categories

  1. Flooring
  2. Casegoods + Furniture
  3. Lighting
  4. Wallcoverings
  5. Surfaces
  6. Textiles + Fabrics
  7. Bath
  8. Seating (indoor, dining, and lounge)
  9. Outdoor Furnishings
  10. Technology
  11. Custom Art + Installations
  12. Accessories + Other

Notes
To enter, each entrant must submit a completed entry form to upload product photos and information, including description, date product launched, and any other pertinent design information, NOT to exceed 300 words.

Products may be reassigned to different categories if necessary/appropriate. 

A minimum of 3 images and no more than 6 images that best represent the product may be uploaded. Images must be labeled generically. Do not include the name of the product, manufacturer, or designer, or the entry will be disqualified. Technical information/specification sheets (not to include identifying information) are also accepted, though not required.

Open to U.S. and international companies. 

Entries become the property of Hospitality Design magazine and will not be returned.

Failure to fill required fields may result in disqualification.

These Official Rules describe the manner in which the Contest will be conducted. Please read these Official Rules carefully as they contain important information about how the Contest will be conducted, including eligibility to enter, deadline dates for entry, and rules regarding Contest submissions.

Term
The Contest begins December 10, 2019, at 12:01 am Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends March 6, 2020, at 11:59 pm PT (the “Entry Deadline”). All entries must be received by the Entry Deadline.

Entry Requirements
Open to manufacturers of the products, or authorized representatives of those companies. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. All products must have been launched between December 1, 2018 and March 1, 2020 or else they may not be entered in this Contest. A product may be entered in more than one category. Please submit a separate entry form for each category entered. Entries must be anonymous. If photos show the name of the product, please remove it. Any photos with signage bearing names will be disqualified. Names of the product or manufacturing firm should NOT be used in the product description or on images. Please go to the submission page to enter, upload your submission photos (and description), and pay the entry fees. Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

Employees of Sponsor and each of its affiliates, subsidiaries and agents, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such individuals, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter.

CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

Entry Fees
$210 for the first entry and $120 to enter the product in an additional category, or to enter another product from the same firm. No refunds of entry fees will be issued.

Each entry must be the work or property of the Contest entrant, or submitted by a firm authorized to represent the product company. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted images are the property of the submitter, that the images do not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the images.

Judges and Judging Criteria
Contest judging will be held in April 2020. A panel of hospitality industry professionals not affiliated with the Sponsor will evaluate entries on the bases of design innovation, aesthetics, and functionality in hospitality environments, cost/value, technical advancement, and environmental responsibility (if applicable). In addition, awards may be given by the judges to any product or component of a product not included within the categories. These special Judges’ Awards will be entirely at the judges’ discretion. Multiple awards may be awarded in each category at the sole discretion of the judges. Product awards will be given to the manufacturer of winning and finalist products.

Prizes
There are no monetary prizes. Selected winners and finalists will be honored at a celebratory evening on June 3, 2020 at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York and will be featured in the June 2020 issue of Hospitality Design magazine.


Terms and Conditions
Where permitted by law, the winner grants (and agrees to confirm said grant in writing upon the request of the Sponsor) to Sponsor, and those acting pursuant to Sponsor’s direction or control, the right to print, publish, broadcast and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the Internet, at any time or times, the winner’s entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and biographical information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without additional consideration and without notice, review or approval. Further, winner will be required to complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, a Publicity Release (where lawful), and provide evidence of identity and age with a valid state or federally issued identification (i.e. driver’s license or passport), all within fourteen (14) days of prize notification. If said documents are not returned timely, or if prize or prize notification is returned as non-deliverable, or if a winner is found not to have complied with these Official Rules, declines the prize for any reason, or is ineligible for any reason, the prize will be forfeited and may be awarded, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to an alternate winner. By participating, participants release and agree to hold harmless Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and all of their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any injury, loss or damage of any kind to persons (including, without limitation, death) or property, arising directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from or in connection with the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, participation in this Contest, or any Contest-related activity.

NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, IN THE EVENT THAT THE PRECEDING RELEASE IS DETERMINED BY A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION TO BE INVALID OR VOID FOR ANY REASON, THE PARTICIPANT AGREES THAT, BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, (I) ANY CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED, BUT IN NO EVENT ATTORNEYS’ FEES; AND (II) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY PARTICIPANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND PARTICIPANT HEREBY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIM, ANY OTHER DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.

Entrant Licenses/Releases
If the entries contain any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the entries submitted, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the entry in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence, the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

By participating, entrants grant the Sponsor and its designees, licensees or affiliates a fully paid, worldwide license to use, distribute, display, reproduce, publish, republish and create derivative works of the entry in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to, print or digital publication in Hospitality Design magazine.

Conditions
Entrants agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; and (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the Contest.

Winners List
Finalists will be announced on hospitalitydesign.com in April 2020 and winners will be revealed during the June 3rd ceremony in New York at Cipriani 25 Broadway. Finalists will be posted after they have been verified and notified.

Sponsors
The sponsor of the HD Awards is Hospitality Design (HD) magazine, Emerald Expositions, LLC, 31910 Del Obispo, Suite 200, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.