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2012 CMA Awards for Excellence

Winners

Categories

Judging will be based on the following categories and judging criteria.

Aesthetics Award

  • Appearance and the enhancement effect of the precast concrete product on the overall project
  • Detailing - Quality of installation
  • Product quality

Sustainability Award

  • Significance to project’s overall sustainability
  • SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems)
  • Water harvesting and saving
  • Flood and pollution control
  • Energy usage/saving
  • Initial carbon footprint
  • Waste reduction
  • Product and installation quality

Community Involvement Award

  • Number of local community members employed on the project
  • Skills passed on to the local community
  • Labour cost as a percentage of the whole project
  • Installation quality
  • Product quality

Technical Excellence Award

  • Engineering excellence applied
  • Impact of best practice examples
  • Impact of installation quality
  • Impact of product quality

Innovation Award

  • Innovation in design using precast concrete
  • Innovation in precast concrete application
  • Innovative installation technique
  • Impact of product quality

40th Anniversary Vintage Award 

  • Condition of installation such as colouring, texture
  • Structural integrity of installation - Age of installation
  • Environmental conditions affecting the wear/erosion of the installation (severe, moderate, etc)

Photographic Requirements

The judging is based on photographs and it is in your interest to ensure that they reflect your entry/entries to best advantage. It goes without saying that photos taken by professional photographers will have an edge on snap shots taken by amateurs on standard digital cameras. The judges will be looking for visual appeal, composition, originality, creativity - essentially high-quality images that capture your project at their best i.e. as soon after project completion as possible.

This is particularly true for paving. Ensure that the sun is in the correct position. Paving photographs taken toward the sun will pick up the block definitions. Also, ensure that the project is clean and free of rubble, efflorescence, and cement staining etc.

The following photographic material must accompany all submissions: A minimum of two separate photographs (maximum five) – one showing a general view of the project and at least one showing specific details must be submitted.

  • Colour prints on Matt paper (untouched) suitably mounted flush on 2mm thick mounting board (350mm x 280mm).
  • All entry photographs are to be submitted on CD in high resolution jpg format (minimum resolution 300 dpi).
  • PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED AND LABELLED WITH THE PROJECT NAME AS SUBMITTED ON THE ENTRY FORM.
  • Photographs will remain the property of the CMA for one year to be used in exhibitions or to be displayed elsewhere by the Association. They can then be returned to the submitting entrant.

PHOTOGRAPHIC RULES

  1. Composite photographs, multiple exposures and images manipulated electronically which alter the truth of the photographic statement will not be accepted.
  2. Artistic filters are not permitted.
  3. The original file of your digital entry may be required for winning entries.
  4. Images may be digitally enhanced to remove spots or scratches but not manipulated. Entrants can enhance the image to make it brighter, clearer but may not manipulate the content of the image.
  5. Only minor image adjustment is permitted such as cropping, sharpening, contrast and level adjustments. The image must not be greatly manipulated by adding or removing objects to enhance the image.
  6. Submission of entries signifies acceptance of the conditions of entry and the competition rules.

DIGITAL MANIPULATION

  • The following will not be considered as digital manipulation: 
  • Removal of dust and scratch marks.
  • Cropping and re-sizing is permissible.
  • Sharpening the image is allowed.
  • Luminance sharpening is permissible.
  • One–step enhancements.

PHOTOGRAPHIC TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Participation in the competition and submission of photographs grants the CMA a perpetual, worldwide, royalty free license to use the images in its sole discretion. Submission of the photograph grants the CMA the right to use the photograph in its media, including but not limited to its website, marketing materials, or upcoming books and films.

Entry Requirements

NEW COMPETITION CRITERIA

The purpose of the Awards is to recognise excellence in the various applications of precast concrete and to honour those professionally associated with those applications.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  1. This competition is open to all individuals, partnerships and companies in South Africa and neighbouring countries.
  2. Entries should include the use of one or more precast concrete products, at least one of which must be produced by a CMA member.
  3. Entries to comprise between two to five photographs accompanied by a project description.
  4. Project descriptions assist the judges with their scoring and should therefore be presented in clear language in no more than 250 words using the category criteria listed below as the prime motivators. 
  5. Project descriptions to be submitted on a PLAIN sheet of white paper. NO COMPANY BRANDING OR PROPER NAMES WHICH IDENTIF Y THE PROFESSIONALS AND PRODUCT MANUFACTURER/S ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROJECT TO APPEAR ON THE PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS.
  6. The CMA reserves the right not to make an award in any category if the standard of entries in that category does not meet the minimum requirements for excellence.
  7. In the vintage category, proof of date of completion of the project is to be submitted. The project must be 10 years or older. Photographs must have been taken since 1st September 2011 and the precast concrete product must be in its original form.
  8. The judges’ decision will be final.
  9. The Concrete Manufacturers Association, its employees and agents shall not be held responsible for any claims which may arise through the submission and publication of such entries. The CMA reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to change, modify, extend or reduce the terms and conditions of, or to suspend or terminate, the competition without prior notice.
  10. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that all material submitted, including photographs and project descriptions, be cleared for publication.
  11. Winning entries will be announced at a combined Awards and 40th Anniversary ceremony at the Indaba Hotel on 3 November 2012
  12. Closing date for entries: 12:00 on 29th June 2012. (No late entries will be accepted).

ENTRY FEE

R1 000.00 per entry including VAT.

TROPHIES AND COMMENDATION AWARDS

  1. Six floating trophies will be presented to the manufacturers of the precast concrete elements in the nominated categories.
  2. Commendation awards will be made to three runners-up providing that these entries meet the standards of the judges.

Disclaimer

At the time of entry, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and be in agreement with all the rules and regulations and disclaimers. The organiser reserves the right to rule on any issue(s) not covered by the rules and regulations .The decision of the CMA as organiser is final. In the event that the entrant should disagree with any decision made by the organiser, the entrant will have the right to withdraw their entries and all related expenses shall be borne solely by the entrant.

Entry Form

2012 Awards Entry Form