Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

2020 Awards Program opens in September, 2020

Do I need to be a member of CPRS to submit a nomination and/or receive an award?

See the chart below to determine if you must be a member of CPRS to nominate and/or receive an award:

Award Category Nominee Nominator
Creating Community Member/Non Member Member/Non Member
Facility Design Member/Non Member Member/Non Member
Park Planning Member/Non Member Member/Non Member
Marketing & Communications Member/Non Member Member/Non Member
Citation of Merit Must be Member Member/Non Member
Fellow / Hall of Fame Must be Member Must be Member
Rising Professional Must be Member Member/Non Member
Honorary Member Must be Member Must be Member
Champion of the Community Member/Non Member Must be Member
Outstanding Research Must be Member Member/Non Member

What is the deadline to submit a nomination?

Entries must be submitted online by 11:59 pm Thursday, November 12, 2020

Entry fee(s) must be paid online by 11:59 pm Thursday, November 12, 2020

Are there fees associated with submitting a nomination?  How much?


Professional Awards of Excellence
Fellowship / Hall of Fame
Rising Professional
Honorary Member

NO Fee

Professional & Service Awards of Excellence
Citation of Merit
Champion of the Community
Outstanding Research

Excellence Awards
Creating Community, all categories
Design Awards, all categories
Marketing & Communications

$70 CPRS Member

$170 Non Member

Failure to pay the entry fee (if applicable) will disqualify your entry.

How do I pay my entry fee?

The entry fee must be paid on line at the time of submission.

Purchase orders and agency/personal checks will not be accepted. 

May I submit more than one nomination in a specific category?

Agencies may submit more than one entry per category but not within the same class or division. 

Tell me more about judging and how to submit a winning nomination...

Entries will be considered complete if all of the required information is submitted. Judges reserve the right to reassign an entry to a more appropriate category. The judges' decisions are final and judging information may be released upon the request of an agency to the Chair of that particular Awards Category. Judges are not required to select a winner in every category. For additional information on how to submit a more effective award nomination, review our Tips and  "Award Winning Strategies."

Can private firms and/or individuals submit nominations?

Award entries submitted by private firms or individuals, i.e. architects, landscape architects, planners, graphic designers, etc. must submit a letter from their client acknowledging their permission to submit the program or project.

What information do I need to submit to be considered for an award?

Each entry must complete the Award Entry Form.  To see an outline of the submission criteria, click here.

Each category requires additional submittal information. Please read each Award Category “Additional Submittals Required” section carefully to ensure your entry is qualified to be judged. Incomplete entries will not be judged.

Use these Tips and Award Winning Strategies to ensure your nomination is award worthy!

Photos: Acceptable format for photos is jpg.  Please ensure your photos are of the highest resolution possible (i.e. 300 dpi or higher).

Please Note:  All materials will become part of the CPRS library collection to share with other agencies and will not be returned to the entrant. The submission of this application warrants that all materials submitted do not violate any copyright or other proprietary rights of others; that the materials are original works; that any photograph or videos are clear of any ownership or copyright restrictions and those persons in the pictures or videos have agreed to or have no objection to CPRS using the pictures in promoting the agency's program or in any other CPRS material.

What if I have other questions?

For general Award Program or Banquet questions, please contact our Award Program Co-Chairs:

Ann Dunleavy

Stephanie (House) Molina

For websitesubmission form questions or technical assistance, please contact CPRS HQ:

Stephanie Stephens