Showing off your outstanding work is the epitome of success in the custom electronics industry, and CE Pro's BEST Project Awards is the most prestigious award program for the professional installation market to do just that.
New for 2019, the CE Pro BEST Awards will be presented during a gala reception, featuring the return of the CE Pro All-Star Band (details to come), on Thursday, September 12 at the Tech Talk Stage at CEDIA Expo in Denver.
There’s a lot of planning, collaboration and installation and design ingenuity that goes into every project you do. CE Pro believes your company is deserving of a pat on the back … or rather, a coveted CE Pro BEST Project Award.
By submitting one of your pet projects (or many more than one) to CE Pro, you’ll have a chance at receiving this prestigious honor. There are numerous categories in which to submit your entry—from the Best Budget/Compromises Project to the Best Home Theater Over $100K.
You can also gain accolades for Best Lighting Control and Shading Solutions, and if you’ve decked out the outdoors or some other space, be sure to gather all the pertinent information and enter.
Winners will be selected by a seasoned panel of judges and Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each of 21 categories will be announced in front of a packed audience of your peers at CEDIA Expo 2019.
The early bird deadline for entries is Friday, May 24, while the official deadline for entries is Friday, July 26. Be sure to get your entries in before then!
What will I need to enter?
To complete your submission, you will need the following information (* = Mandatory):
- Project Photos – Either upload up to 12 photos or provide a link to the photos
- Do you have permission from the homeowner to submit this project? * – Yes or No
- City where the project was completed
- State/Province where the project was completed *
- The country where the project was completed *
- Is the home currently occupied? * – Yes or No
- Is the homeowner willing to be mentioned by name in the article? * – Yes or No
- Is the homeowner willing to be interviewed? * – Yes or No
- Name(s) of Homeowner(s)
- Has this project been submitted to other magazines for potential publication? * – If yes, please name them
- Would you like to recognize a participant? * – Recognize an employee, trade partner or other parties in this project that made a special contribution. – Yes or No. (If yes – Please provide the name of participant and relationship to the project.)
- Project Cost *
- Has this home been professionally photographed? * – Yes or No (Yes – Please provide the photographer's name, phone number, and email. No – If no, will the homeowner(s) allow us to send a photographer into their home? – Yes or No)
- Equipment Used * – Write out or upload a list – Please provide a full equipment list of everything used in this installation. Everything! In addition to all of the controls, displays, and A/V equipment, don't forget wire and cable, power management, lighting, A/V furniture, security, phones, networking, etc. Provide the quantity, manufacturer, and model number.
- Challenges and Compromises * – What were the biggest challenges and compromises on this project? Explain what the challenges were, how you overcame them and how the compromises were resolved with the client, trade partners, and other external forces. (up to 200 words)
- What makes this project stand out? * – Consider your technical prowess, product lines, special skills, special relationships, licensing, operations and processes, etc. (up to 200 words)
- Project description * – Please provide a promotional description to be used in print and online. (up to 200 words)
Rules & Entry Fees
Any home installation project that was completed between January 1, 2018, and May 1, 2019, is eligible for entry. The home must be completed and occupied with photographs available to show the results.
Who can enter?
Custom electronics installation firms, PR agencies, and manufacturers may enter, provided all of the project submission information is completed as required.
- $347 for the first project entered by May 24, 2019
- $397 for the first project entered after May 24, 2019
- $247 for each additional entry
Finalists will be notified via email in August 2019 and announced in an award presentation and on cepro.com in September 2019.
A number of industry experts, as well as the CE Pro editorial staff, will consider all aspects involved in an installation, such as project creativity, innovation, equipment incorporated, obstacles overcome, homeowner priorities met, aesthetics and lifestyle benefits.