Entry Guidelines


The SBID Awards is open to any design professional which includes interior designers, interior architects, architects, property developers, decorators and home stagers. PR companies entering on behalf of a client must disclose their authorised position. SBID reserves the right to refuse submissions and entrants to the awards ceremonies.


The deadline for submitting entries for the SBID International Design Awards 2018 is now closed. 


There is no restriction on number of submissions, although one application form supports no more than 10. There is no restriction on the number of application forms submitted by any one company. There is no restriction on the number of categories entered per submission.

Original Work

By submitting an entry, the entrant warrants that it is his/her original work and that they and SBID have permission to publish the material.

All projects entered must not be more than 2 years old at the moment of submission e.g. they must be completed on or after Monday 28th March 2016. 

Submission Process

All entries need to be completed online and in English via the SBID Awards website. You will need to submit a PDF and images for each submission, as follows:

A PDF including text and up to 10 images (see example). The images should follow the text within the PDF and not exceed 10 MB. The text should be no more than 500 words which clearly includes your company name and a description about your project.  The description should include:

  • the brief from the client
  • the contracted budget
  • the process undertaken and how the project met the brief
  • the products and techniques used

The images used in the PDF will also need to be supplied separately in accordance with the Image Requirements and Specifications.

Image Requirements: Maximum 10 images per submission. Each image must feature a single picture only. Composite images (images that feature two or more separate photographs to make one image) are not permitted.

Image Specification: Jpeg images (min. size 3000px x 2000px – 300 dpi)

A 150 word description is required for the SBID Global Interior Design Book 2018. This should be a brief overview of the project and written in the third person e.g. Company A designed this office space located in the heart of New York. This description is not shown to the judges. SBID reserves the right to edit the text.

Submission Cost

SBID Members 

SBID members are eligible to enter up to 5* projects free of charge. 

A one-off £50 (+ VAT) admin charge is applicable. This fee is per entrant not per submission. 

*NB: Depending on level of SBID membership


Non-SBID Members

For non-members, a fee of £150 (+ VAT) applies per submission. A one-off £50 (+ VAT) admin charge is applicable to all entrants, this fee is per entrant not per submission. 

One project can be entered into multiple categories but will be charged per submission (i.e. Project A can be submitted into the Retail and Public Space category, totalling a fee of £450).

1 entry = £150 + £50 = £200

2 entries = £150 + £150 + £50 = £350

3 entries = £150 + £150 + £150 + £50 = £500

4 entries = £150 + £150 + £150 + £150 + £50 = £650


A panel of judges, representing a broad range of design skills and connections, will choose the winning entries during the month of August 2018 which will account for 70% of the overall score. Judges’ decisions are final and confidential. There will also be an opportunity for the public to vote on their favourite designs which will account for 30% of the overall score.

Announcing the Winner

The finalists will be announced on Friday 27th July 2018. The public voting will open on Friday 27th July and close on Friday 25th August.

The winners will be announced and presented with their trophies at the SBID Awards ceremony hosted at The Dorchester, London on Friday 26th October 2018. To see the 2017 award winners, click here.

Winner’s Obligations

The winners must agree that SBID has the rights to use the submission in any publication, including its website(s), marketing material, affiliated trade magazines and press.

The winner will be asked for and must present quality images of the winning project, defined as 300 dpi
The winner must provide a publication-quality headshot and company logo
The winner must be available for interview in October 2018
The winning project may be displayed at events and trade shows

Accuracy and Copyrights

Information provided on the official entry form may appear in any publication of SBID’s choice and on the SBID website.

SBID is not responsible for incorrect information provided on entry forms that misrepresents the copyright of original ownership of ideas. SBID assumes that all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted there-in. SBID is not liable for violations of any third-party rights, including, but not limited to, claims of copyright, trademark, patent infringement, defamation, trade secrets, or trade dress on the part of the entrant.

SBID assumes that all images provided with entries are free of any third-party rights. The entrant may submit images that are works for hire for an employer only if entrant has secured written permission for the submitted image(s) to appear in any publication of SBID’s choice and the SBID website.

SBID reserves the right to move the received entries into a different category.

By entering this competition you agree to abide by these rules and you warrant and represent that (i) your entry is your original work, (ii) you have sufficient rights to the material you are submitting, (iii) these rights have been legally obtained and created, and (iv) publication of the material via various media will not infringe on any third party rights, including without limitation contractual rights, intellectual property rights, publicity and privacy rights, and rights against libel, defamation, and slander.

By entering this competition and accepting an Award, you grant SBID the right to edit, publish, promote, and otherwise use your entry and either as submitted or in edited form without further permission, notice, or compensation, including but not limited to any publication and the SBID website and on the World Wide Web. SBID reserves the right to forward the entrant’s details onto Awards sponsors and partners. SBID reserves the right to change the T&C’s at any time without further notice.

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