Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make a submission to the Frame Awards?
All submissions must be made via this website.
1) Create a free account. You will receive a verification link via email.
2) Verify your account by clicking the link.
3) Login to your account and fill in the required information and upload your images on the submissions page.
4) Proceed to payment.
I can’t decide – in which category I should submit my work?
As many as possible!
A project may be submitted in multiple categories. It increases your chances of winning if a project entered in a Spatial Awards category is also entered in one or more of the Executional Awards and Honorary Awards categories. It is possible to win multiple awards.
Can I submit a project in more than one category?
Yes, you can.
A project may be submitted in multiple typologies and categories, which increases your chances of winning! Once you have completed the submission form, the Review page allows you to duplicate all project images and information and submit it in another category. You can pay for multiple submissions in a single transaction.
Can I submit a project that was already submitted in last year’s Frame Awards?
Yes, unless it was nominated in that category.
Projects that were nominated in the Frame Awards 2020 are not eligible for re-submission in the same Awards category. However, a project previously nominated in an Awards category may be submitted in a different category.
What is the eligibility period of projects?
Projects must have been completed within the relevant 24-month eligibility period.
We are accepting interior or spatial design projects that have been completed and opened to its intended audience from 1 January 2019 until April 2021.
What do I need to make a submission?
High resolution images, a description of your entry, and a credit card!
Download the Submission Guide above for a handy checklist of all the fields required by our submission form. The jury will see all the images and texts as you submit them, so please ensure that descriptions are clearly and well written, and that photographs of your work are high quality and clean of branding, logos, and text.
What are the specifications for the images that I submit?
Images must be 300 dpi minimum.
Please upload between a minimum of 2 and maximum of 10 high resolution images. We recommend that the first image be one that best showcases your project and that is in landscape orientation. You must include captions, and photo credits if applicable. The maximum image size is 15 MB.
I'm having trouble uploading images in the submission form.
We recommend using Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer 11.
Please note that you may experience errors with the submission form if you do not use one of these recommended browsers.
Can I edit my submission?
Yes, if you haven't paid yet!
Payment confirms the submission of your entry. Submission entries may not be changed, edited, retracted, or reassigned to another award category once payment has been made. This includes adding or changing images.
Can I withdraw my submission?
Yes, but you will not receive a refund.
As stated in the terms and conditions, you can withdraw your entry at any time before the final deadline. Submission fees will not be reimbursed if the submission is withdrawn. If you wish to withdraw your submission, contact us at email@example.com
Do I need to submit floor plans?
The Frame Awards does not require sketches or floor plans for submissions, but we certainly encourage you to provide them to give the jury a better sense of your project and create a better judging experience.
What is the deadline?
3 May 2021.
As stated in the Submission Guide, early bird submissions are open from 15 August 2020 - 1 September 2020. Regular submissions are open from 1 September 2020 and have now been extended to 3 May 2021.
Can I submit my entry in any language?
No, not yet!
While the Frame Awards is an international award that recognizes work and designers from around the world, all entries must be submitted in English to be accepted.
How long does it take to complete the submission?
If you have all the materials, 15 minutes on average.
Please allow sufficient time to complete your submission entry before the final closing date of 3 May 2021. It should not take longer than a couple of hours to gather the information and image materials you need to upload to the form, however we would recommend that to ensure your entry is as strong as possible, the more time spent on preparation the better. You can save your entry and come back and update it at any time before the deadline, so you do not need to submit it until you are happy with it. Completing the submission form and making the payment should not take more than a few minutes.
Pricing and payment
How much does it cost to submit an entry?
Between €150 - €250 per entry.
As stated in the Submission Guide, the fee for early bird submissions (15 August - 1 September 2020) is €150 per entry. Regular submissions (1 September - 3 May 2021) are €250 per entry.
Can I pay for my submission by bank transfer or PayPal?
No, we only accept credit card payments.
We are working on accepting multiple payment methods. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are experiencing difficulties with the payment process.
Will I be charged VAT?
Only if you are located in the Netherlands, or if you are located in the EU but do not provide a valid EU VAT number.
If your billing address is in an EU country other than the Netherlands, you will be charged 21% VAT unless you provide a valid EU VAT number.
If your billing address is in the Netherlands, you will be charged with 21% VAT.
If your billing address is outside the EU, you are exempt from VAT.
Can I have an invoice for my submission payment?
Once payment has been made, you will automatically receive an invoice attached to your confirmation email. This may take a few minutes.
Judging, nominating and voting
What is the process after I've finished my submission?
After the final deadline in April, the jury will select five nominees for each award.
The Frame Awards 2021 nominees will be announced in September 2021. Frame Festival takes place in Amsterdam in October 2021 - dates of which will be as soon as possible. During the festival programme, the nominees will have the opportunity to defend their work to the jury in a live judging session that is open to the public. In either digital or physical format.
Nominees will be given complimentary entry to the day programme in the form of two (2) free tickets. If nominees wish to have additional team members present at the live judging, those team members will have to purchase additional Frame Festival programme tickets.
The dates of the Frame Awards Show will be announced as soon as possible. We aim to host it in the second week of October in either a digital, physical or hybrid format. Nominees and guests must purchase their own Awards Show tickets, which are separate from Frame Festival programme tickets.
When will I know if my project has been nominated?
The nominees will be announced in September 2021.
We will contact Frame Awards 2021 nominees via the email address used to make the submission. Also the nominees will be announced via our website, press release and social media channels.
What do I get if I am nominated?
Promotional materials and bragging rights!
Frame Awards 2021 nominees will receive digital promotional assets including an email signature banner, a nominee badge for your website, and social media materials. Spread the word and get your network to vote for support your campaign to win the Frame Awards 2021!
Live judging and winning
How are the winners chosen?
They will be chosen by the jury during the live judging at the Frame Festival in Amsterdam.
Frame Festival takes place in Amsterdam in October 2021. More details on the live judging during the event will be announced soon.
What happens during the live judging?
Nominees will present their work and answer questions by the jury in an open setting.
Nominees will have approximately 10 minutes to convince the jury that they deserve to win. Supporting materials such as video of the interior project will help to make their case!
How many people can attend the live judging?
As many as you like!
Frame Awards nominees will receive two complimentary tickets (per nominated submission) to Frame Festival. This means that if you have been nominated for two awards, you will receive two complimentary tickets via the email address used to make the submissions.
If you wish to have additional team members present at the live judging, those team members will have to purchase additional Frame Festival programme tickets.
Attending the Awards show
My company/studio has been nominated for a Frame Award. How many people can attend the Awards Show?
Can my client attend the Awards show?
Of course your client is very welcome to attend the show.
Frame Festival Programme
What is the Frame Festival?
Inspiring talks, engaging workshops and immersive installations
Frame Festival is a 2 day festival of the most innovative and thought provoking content, addressing a plethora of issues in the future of design. Curated by Frame's very own editor's, we have invited a star studded line-up of design world leading thinkers, doers and makers. From brand ambassadors to creative directors, innovation strategists to world renown architects. For two days we will gather in Amsterdam to create a highly memorable experience not to be missed.
What kind of ticket do I need?
A Frame Festival programme ticket
Frame Festival programme tickets are sold separately, however each nominee will receive two free programme tickets in order to participate in the living judging sessions which take place during this event. Any additional tickets for family, friends and colleagues will need to be purchased online.