PLETHORA OF “BEST OF”
DESIGN PARTY OF THE YEAR!
AND A REALLY, REALLY GOOD MAGAZINE DOCUMENTING IT ALL.
Gold-star worthy design is the centerpiece of our celebration of the best designs of the world. The GRAY Awards is a cross-disciplinary awards program that invites the best and brightest in the fields of architecture, interiors, landscape, product design, and fashion to enter their work for an opportunity to win a coveted trophy and to be honored at *the* design bash of the year. Winners will be selected by an esteemed panel of international design luminaries, who, together with GRAY and hundreds of VIP guests, will toast to the most exciting ideas in design today.
New this year: In honor of the elite design region that GRAY calls home, we will present 2 additional awards: a Legacy Award will go to a designer based in the Pacific Northwest region of the US and Canada, and a Best of Show will be identified among the submissions from the region.
Early bird deadline:
July 3, 2020
Aug. 14, 2020
+ Ticket sales open:
Oct. 2, 2020
GRAY Awards Party:
Dec. 3, 2020
Winners will be announced during the GRAY Awards party on December 3, 2020 (tentative date).
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, this party will be a cinematic event. Details may change as health and safety guidelines are updated. Stay tuned for more information as the event nears.
The 2020 GRAY Awards trophy.
Recognition during the GRAY Awards Party.
Editorial coverage in GRAY's December/January issue.
Recognition of winning project and firm on GRAY’s digital and social media channels, with additional exposure through the GRAY Awards media and industry partners.
1 ticket to the GRAY Awards Party.
Recognition during the GRAY Awards Party.
Exposure/coverage across all of GRAY’s social channels
Editorial consideration for an upcoming issue of GRAY magazine.
ALL ENTRANTS RECEIVE
Non-finalists will be offered 10% off ticket price to the GRAY Awards Party. NOTE: Capacity is limited, ticket availability is not guaranteed. Ticket sales open Oct. 2, 2020. Buy early!
A complimentary 1-year subscription to GRAY magazine, a $60 value. Limit one per entry. By entering GRAY Awards, you are requesting a 1-year subscription unless GRAY is otherwise notified.
The 2020 GRAY Awards are open to each of the following:
1) Projects must be less than two years old (completed after June 2018) to qualify. Due to the timeline necessary for landscape projects to mature, Landscape Design projects may be up to four years old (completed after June 2016).
2) For the categories of Architecture, Interiors, Landscape, Fashion, and Product Design: Projects must be completed/built/fabricated, not concepts. For Student Design and Wild Card categories, concept renderings or drawings are suitable for submission.
3) Students must be enrolled, or just graduated, in 2019/2020 design or architecture programs.
AESTHETIC QUALITY: Does it have elevated visual quality? Does it defy the status quo? Does it raise the standards of its category of design in some way?
OVERALL CREATIVITY AND FUNCTION: What problem is it solving? How well does it work? How original is the idea?
INNOVATION, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, AND SOCIAL GOOD: Are any or all materials from sustainable sources? If it’s a commercial building, does it contribute positively to the fabric of the community where it’s located? Are there any conceptual or material innovations that make this project exceptional?
Must be eligible (see ELIGIBILITY above).
Entries must be submitted and received via the online entry system by midnight PST August 14, 2020. Early bird deadline, July 3, 2020
Full payment must be received by the submission deadline or the submission will not be eligible for judging. Payment is only accepted online through the submission portal.
Images: You may submit up to 15 images and/or drawings/renderings in per entry
.jpg format, at least 300 dpi
Horizontal images: at least 16” wide x 11" tall
Vertical images: at least 8" wide x 11" tall.
Do not include any firm names or logo watermarks on images.
Name image files: “Project Name_Photographer Name_Image Number.” If it is a rendering and does not require attribution, name it “Project Name_Rendering_Image Number.”
You may include video in .mov or .mp4 as part of your image bank.
See FAQs for more about photography.
Project Description: Fill out the entry form, detailing the “who, what, where and why” of your project. Consider sharing the process, materials, design challenges, innovative solutions, and significance in the big picture of design. NOTE: This is the only source of information GRAY will refer to for editorial coverage, so please be as detailed as space allows, and include all other firms or sources that should be credited.
Entries received by midnight PST July 3, 2020
$175 for first entry, $75 for each additional entry
Entries received by midnight PST August 14, 2020
$225 for first entry, $75 for each additional entry; Student category $75 each.
NOTE: If you are submitting multiple entries (either in one category or in multiple categories), you must enter the project's information and pay entry fees each time you complete a submission. Please contact if you would like to submit more than five entries in one category.
Prices shown in US dollars.
TERMS + CONDITIONS
Only complete entries will be considered. Incomplete or ineligible entries will be disqualified without notice or return of payment.
By entering, the submitter authorizes GRAY Media, LLC to publish the project in print and digital editions of GRAY magazine, on graymag.com and grayawards.com, on GRAY’s social channels, and can be shared with any media and/or industry partners affiliated with the GRAY Awards, with photographer attribution. The entry may be reproduced, in whole or in part, for editorial and promotional purposes. Photography fees and publication rights are transferred via the submitter only, and GRAY will not be held responsible for obtaining photography usage rights by any means. For winning residential projects, homeowners must be willing to sign an agreement allowing GRAY to publish their home (unless directed otherwise, GRAY will keep clients/residents anonymous).
GRAY Awards judges reserve the right to not award a winner in a category, or they may reassign a project to a category into which it wasn’t entered if the requirements for that category are met.
No refunds will be issued under any circumstances.
If I entered last year do I need to create a new login?
Nope! The good news is that your login info is saved via Submittable. If you don’t remember your login info, retrieve it via the recovery process inside of Submittable.
How do I know what the entry form will ask?
By clicking the ENTER button on this site’s ENTER page, you will be taken to the submission portal, powered by Submittable. Once there, click on a category. After creating a free account, you will be taken to the entry form where you'll be able to see the questions. The entry fee won’t be collected until you’ve completed the entry form.
If I entered last year and didn’t win, can I enter the same project again?
As long as it is still less than two years old (four if a Landscape project), you may enter it again.
If I enter a project for the awards, can I also send it to GRAY for regular editorial consideration?
We do not wish to receive editorial pitches that have been submitted for the awards. However, our editors carefully review every entry for regular editorial consideration and will reach out to you if they find there is a good fit for an upcoming issue.
Is a product collection counted as one entry?
If the collection is a group of products that are of the same design or type of product (i.e. wallpaper collection), it can count as one entry. If a chair design, for example, has multiple finishes, you may include photos of all the different finishes, and that is still counted as one entry. Collections that have multiple types of products, such as a rug and a chair and a table, do not count as one entry.
What are Editors’ Picks?
"Editors’ Picks" or "Best Of" are GRAY's way of spotlighting even more award-worthy designs, beyond the winning 13. Our team combs through all entries, looking for additional noteworthy stand-outs to include in our awards issue. It's another opportunity you have for media exposure, so don’t hesitate to enter!
Where will I receive communication about the GRAY Awards?
Submitters will find out if they’ve been chosen as a finalist on October 2, via Submittable (the online entry portal). Group communication will largely happen via Submittable, but you may also be contacted via for individual communication.
What if I realize after entering that I’ve made a mistake on the entry form?
We have activated “Request to Edit” in Submittable, so please send us a request and we will grant it up to one week in advance of the final entry deadline.
How do I name photographs in my entry if it’s a rendering or there’s not a photographer to name?
If it is a rendering and doesn’t require attribution, name it “Project Name_Rendering_Image Number.” If circumstances dictate that there is no photographer to attribute (such as it is the submitter’s own photo and they do not wish to be attributed), then name the photo files “Project Name_No Photographer_Image Number.” This ensures that attribution wasn’t left out inadvertently.
How do I know if my image will work?
See image requirements above. We prefer that you include a mix of vertical and horizontal images. They need to be image files, preferably CMYK and .jpeg. Images may not contain watermarks or text (that is not part of the image). It is important to follow these specs to ensure good quality reproduction in GRAY magazine should your project be selected. A good rule of thumb is when in doubt about image size, bigger is better.
Video files are accepted, just be sure to also include a selection of still images as winners are published in GRAY magazine.
Got any more image tips?
You may wish to include floorplans or schematics for clarity, note that these are unlikely to be published. We recommend utilizing your 15 uploads for professional photography of the project. Imagine that your project has won—GRAY selects only from what was included in your entry to be published in the Awards Issue, so make sure the photography is high-quality and editorial-ready.
My project or product was designed more than two years ago, but we’ve made an addition, or my old design now comes in a new color. Does this count as being under two years old?
We require that projects/products be less than two years old (from June 2018). If a project has phases over many years (for example, it was started more than two years ago and is only now completed), it meets our requirements. For new additions to old projects, only the new part will be considered for the award. If you have an old design that now comes in a new color or finish, that does not meet the requirement. Ask yourself: does this truly update the existing project/product in a way that it can be considered a new design?
My product uses eco-friendly materials. Can I skip the entry fee for Product Design and enter into Design For Good?
We consider eco-friendly design a basic consideration for any new design, and therefore merely being eco-friendly will not get you a Design For Good award. If you have created an entirely new eco-friendly material that’s never been seen or utilized before but has the potential for becoming widely used in the design/building industry, that would qualify. The most successful submission will likely have many layers to the concept of “design for good,” such as a charitable cause or providing help to an underserved community.
Will tickets to the GRAY Awards Party be available at the door?
No. We strongly suggest buying tickets as soon as they are available, capacity is limited.
What do I do if I think one of the finalists misrepresented their entry?
It is up to the submitter, and the submitter alone, to verify that all the information detailed in their entry is correct and truthful. It is up to the submitter, and the submitter alone, to include co-designers, collaborators, team members, etc. The entry process asks for this information, and GRAY is not responsible for doing further research into entries, and will only work with the information that is provided by the submitter. If you have definitive proof of misrepresentation, reach out to us at and we will determine the course of action.
Why do I only get 1 ticket to the GRAY Awards Party if a finalist, or discount if I'm not a finalist?
The GRAY Awards Party is an extremely popular annual event, and this year has especially limited venue capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for plenty of social distancing.