Awards of Excellence

Each year, contractors in the United States and Canada create tens of thousands of extraordinary outdoor spaces using Unilock products. The Unilock Awards of Excellence is designed to recognize the very best of these. Winners will be selected by a panel of design experts and industry professionals based on overall design concept, originality, craftsmanship and integration of Unilock products.

Projects can be big or small! Start photographing today, and be sure to submit your finest work.

Why should you join us for the Awards of Excellence?

  • It’s an extraordinary evening surrounded by fellow contractors and Unilock representatives
  • It gives you the unique ability to network with industry experts
  • To be a nominee is one of the best-selling features to potential clients
  • Winning a category gives you the ability to be an “Award Winning Contractor”
  • You have the chance to win amazing prizes
  • Documenting and submitting your best projects also gives you the chance to be featured in our catalog and online for “Project of the Week”.

Be sure to read the photo rules and regulations and start documenting your projects!

Entry Categories This year, contractors are invited to submit photographs of their finest work in the following categories

  • Best Use of U-Cara Wall
  • Best Driveway
  • Best Front Entrance/Courtyard
  • Best Back Yard
  • Best Before and After
  • Best Project under 1,000 sq.ft.
  • Best Use of U-Cara
  • Best Driveway
  • Best Front Entrance/Courtyard
  • Best Natural Stone/Porcelain
  • Best Before and After
  • Best Outdoor Living
  • Best Project under 1,000 sq.ft.
  • Best Front Entrance/Driveway
  • Best Back Yard
  • Best Before and After
  • Clean lens thoroughly before taking any photos
  • Photos are best taken on sunny days before 10am or after 3pm
  • Note the direction of the house and sun to avoid any unwanted shadows
  • Sweep or blow down all surfaces clean
  • Make sure the lawn is cut, edges trimmed, cultivate flower beds that have a “packed” appearance
  • Arrange any chairs, tables, open umbrellas on the patio and remove BBQ covers
  • Clean up any toys or sand boxes
  • Pavers and walls should be entirely dry and free of any sand on the surface. If the entire area isn’t dry, wet down the entire area to make the color consistent
  • Remove any dead flowers
  • Autumn leaves on the ground may enhance the photo
  • Check the background of the photo through the camera viewfinder, for any unwanted objects (wheelbarrows, hoses, etc.)
  • Photos taken from elevations (rooftops, ladders) improve the overall view
  • Be sure not to photograph your own shadow
  • Choose an angle that will enhance the paver pattern and joints
  • People and pets in photos make photos more interesting
  • Enter as many jobs as you wish
  • Entries must be design/build projects, of the submitting company.
  • Due to the increasing number of entries, each job can only be submitted in one category.
  • Submit a MINIMUM of 3 digital photos for each entry
  • Digital photos must be in a JPEG format.
  • Each digital image should be renamed with your company name, the category of entry and the picture number, e.g. joneslandscape_bestoutdoorliving_1
  • Entry form must be completely filled out, including the homeowner’s “release signature”. Download the Photo Site Release Form.
  • Be sure to indicate the category you’re entering.