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Category Requirements

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ALL ENTRIES across all categories must include:

• labels with entrant name and title of entry

• entry fee must be paid

• submission of all category-specific requirements (scroll down)

• answers to the following submission questions:

  1. Title of Entry and Category
  2. Project Description (500 words max.)
  3. What are the program/projects’s goals and objectives?
  4. How does it the program/project fulfill your site/organization/agency's mandate? 
  5. Who was the intended audience(s) you identified for this program? By this we mean the segment of people that you set out to reach in order to meet your goals. Rather than describing your target audience as "visitors" or "general public", please determine the audience by life stage, point of origin, social values, group composition, reasons for travel, or (better yet) various combinations of these.
  6. Please describe in what ways your program/project reaches your target audience(s) effectively.  
  7. What was the one key idea you wanted participants to take away (theme, message, big idea, thesis statement)? Please phrase it as a complete sentence.
  8. Background information about the asset being interpreted.
  9. How does your project demonstrate excellence and best practice in heritage interpretation?
  10. In what way does the project demonstrate creativity, break new ground or lead the way in innovation in interpretation? 
  11. Please provide a brief project plan, including the project milestones and a rough budget. Since submissions vary so widely between one project and the next and from one organization to the other, the judges would like to get a sense of the resources and time allotted to develop the project.
  12. Specify the names of up to four individuals on the project team to receive individual named certificates in the event of an award. Another certificate will be provided for the Site/Organization/Agency to hang in a public area. Please also include the names and a description of the roles of other members of the project team.
  13. Contact information including Entrant's first and last names, Job title and role in project, Email address, Telephone number, Mailing address, Name of Site/Organization/Agency
  14. I understand that in the event of an award, my entry submission may be posted to the IC website, and may be used by IC for training, professional development and promotional purposes. (Submissions will remain credited as per the names included.)

Category-specific Requirements

Personalized Interpretation – theatrical and non-theatrical categories

Personalized Interpretation happens live and in-person, and can be for a variety of audiences including school groups and the general public.

  • Theatrical programs are staged productions that may involve costumed characters, animation, music, and/or volunteers on stage.
  • Non-theatrical programs could include guided hikes, site tours, children's programs, discovery-based learning and special events.

We encourage interpreters to enter personal programs of all stripes using the revised entry requirements below. The paper documentation and accompanying video will help the judges to evaluate your program.

Personalized Interpretation entries in both theatrical and non-theatrical categories must include:

• full outline/description or script

• the total actual program time

• an unedited video recording of the full program. If possible this should be provided electronically (through vimeo, Drop box, YouTube or other electronic link). If this is not possible, please contact the awards chair at to discuss the best format to submit. The link must be accessible to the judges for 12 months after submission. The video must show the interpreter(s) presenting or interacting with participants.  

• if the program is multi-phased, highly interactive and discovery-based, or longer than one hour, please contact the awards chair to discuss options:

• while recording skills are not evaluated, please bear in mind that it is difficult to judge the quality of a submission if the audio track is of poor quality. If necessary, please provide a transcript.

• If your school program hinges on specific activity sheets related to an artifact, for example, or other special materials, please include copies of the activity sheets and photos of the artifacts. This will help the judges appreciate the work that has gone into the program. 

Non-personalized Interpretation: These types of interpretation take place with no live interpreter present.
Please choose from the following categories:
Print: includes books, posters, published lesson plans and self-guided tour brochures or maps.
Exhibit/Site-based: includes permanent or temporary exhibits and self-guided trail signs located at a site.
Electronic Media: includes films, documentaries, songs, podcasts or other non-printed media
Other Interpretation: includes travelling school kits and interpretation that demonstrates an unusual or creative use of media or locations, such as washrooms, furniture, and artwork.

Entries must:
• be submitted in pdf format as well as in hard copy
• include photos to show general location and in-situ elements. (if applicable)
• be interpretive or instructional in nature. Marketing materials, program schedules and promotional items will not be considered unless they clearly fulfill the interpretive/educational goals described in your max. 500-word submission text.

Entries must: 
• be submitted in pdf where exhibit text is easily legible. If there are specific panel elements that you would like to highlight, please submit these as a tile pdf. Also include complete text in Word
• include photos to show general location, in-situ elements, and on-site installations

Electronic Media:
Entry requirements:
• if submitting a URL, judges will visit the active website or link (not an archive) from November 2016 through to March 2017
• files may be located at a URL if the site will be accessible to the judges from November 2016 through March 2017
• if files cannot be submitted electronically please contact the awards chair at for information on how to submit

Other Interpretation
Follow the entry requirements of other non-personal categories as closely as possible, or contact the awards chair to discuss options: 

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