About the awards

The WAN AWARDS Product of the Year is a major international competition which runs alongside our six bi-monthly 'Excellence in Design' sector series, now in its fourth year.


If you have designed an industrial product or material that has entered the market during the last three full calendar years (on or after 1 January 2009), you can now enter the WAN AWARDS Product of the Year 2012.

Judging criteria

Products will be assessed on a number of criteria including performance, design, form, eco credentials etc. but particular emphasis will be on the following:

1. How your product has helped an architect realise a design or performance specification.
2. How your product has evolved from a previous solution or standard.
3. Use of innovation.
4. De-risking the use of new product or techniques (reassuring architects and clients that it's safe to use).


The WAN AWARDS received over 1,300 entries last year, making it the largest international architecture awards programme worldwide. All entries to the WAN AWARDS are published on the WAN website, which serves over 10 million page impressions each month. A gallery of all entries for each sector will be published in News Review and will feature permanently on the WAN website. The winning products will be covered in a special News Review feature including a video of the judges' comments.

Selected projects from the pool of entries will be entered into our Featured Projects section in WAN News Review, which will run during the awards to generate even more exposure for participants. Each week, our editorial team will choose one project from the pool of entries to be our 'Project of the Week'. (Please be aware that if your project is chosen for this feature this does not automatically enter you through to the long list of 25 buildings, this is a separate judging process.)

In addition, press releases are sent out to numerous publications and are often picked up by local, national and international media, as well as a variety of industry publications. You will also be provided with a press kit to enable you to promote your achievements for yourselves. Past winners have reported that the WAN AWARDS' high profile and the publicity they received have contributed noticeably to their business success.

Benefits of entering

As we have developed the awards over the years, we have also tailored the news on the site to be sector-specific, which in turn promotes the winning and shortlisted products of the awards to be pioneers of their sector, selected by the experts and specialists on the prestigious judging panel. The winning entrant receives an award certificate and their product makes headline news on WAN. The remaining five from the shortlist and any other schemes that the judges deem suitable will be listed as 'commended'.

The winning and shortlisted entrants all receive dedicated press kits and their projects will be featured in a special edition of News Review which reaches over 200,000 property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in 210 countries.

Press Kits

Winning and shortlisted entrants are provided with a press kit to enable them to promote their achievements; included in the kit is a prepared press release, a press contact list for national and international media and industry publications, and a 'WAN Winner' jpeg footer for emails and websites. Past winners have reported that the WAN AWARDS' high profile and the publicity they received have contributed noticeably to their business success.

The competition stages

A long list of twenty-five entries will initially be selected after the closing date. Further details of these products will then be requested, such as sketches, diagrams and more technical information. From the twenty-five, a shortlist of six will be selected before an overall winner is chosen.

Submission format & guidelines

The format for the initial submission is as follows:

Text summary - 200 - 300 words (approx.)

1 main image@ 385 pixels wide

1 larger version of the main image @ 1000 pixels wide

Up to 5 additional images @ 1000 pixels wide

Text summary - Include information about how your design addresses the judging criteria above. The completion date must be properly declared.

Images - If submitting your entry online, you can upload your images using the upload form 'Backstage'. Submissions by email should be sent to:elena.collins@wantoday.com

Please send images in jpeg format and text summary as a Word doc or Adobe pdf. Where possible please send text summary as continuous text, not bullet points etc. You can view an example of how your entry will appear on WAN by clicking HERE


The closing date for Product of the Year is 30 JUNE 12.


The entrance fee is £ 365 GBP but an early registration price of £ 310 GBP/$491.85 USD/$455.74 AUD/$489.13 CAD/ 365.15 EURO is available for entries made before 30 May 2012.

How to enter

You are invited to submit your entry online - you can do this via the 'Visit Backstage' button on the WAN homepage: www.worldarchitecturenews.com

If you are already registered you will be able to click 'login' and use your existing registration code and password.

If you are registering for the first time you will need to click the 'register' button and complete the registration form. You will then be sent a registration code and password by email, which you can use to log in to 'Backstage'. (Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this immediately.)

Once logged in, you can submit your entry using the 'Purchase Award Credits' link on the left side of the login page - use the drop-down menus to select the Product of the Year category and number of products you wish to enter, then click 'Submit' - check your billing details are correct, then click 'Continue' - this will take you to a secure page. Click 'Proceed' and enter your card details, then click 'Confirm Order', then 'Authorise'. Once payment is complete, click 'Continue' to return to your login page. You will now have a new 'upload' link which you can use to upload your product as a competition entry.

Alternatively, if you prefer, you can submit your product by email and send payment by cheque or bank transfer. We will send you an invoice with all the details you need to make payment.

Please email submissions and direct any questions or problems regarding entries / registration to elena.collins@wantoday.com

Please make cheques payable to WAN and send to the address below:

World Architecture News
Accounts dept.
The Media Centre
22 The Steyne
Brighton BN1 1EL
United Kingdom

UK entries please add VAT