Our Awards

Effective interpretation of our natural and cultural heritage makes a difference in our daily lives. It helps us understand and navigate our world, and adds depth and insight to our experiences in museums, zoos, parks, heritage sites, the outdoors and commercial environments.

The Interpretation Australia National Awards for Excellence were established in 2008 to recognise and reward outstanding achievements in the field of interpretation.

The 2024 Awards – NOW OPEN!

The IA National Awards for Excellence are open to all Australian interpretation practitioners who are members of Interpretation Australia Association Incorporated. The categories will be awarded at the Interpretation Australia AGM and Awards Ceremony held at the annual national conference.

QUESTIONS?: Contact IA at admin@interpretationaustralia.asn.au.

Important dates:

Open to Members and Non Members (membership is included in the fee)
Call for entries open: 13 May 2024
Entries close: 31 August 2024
Awards Ceremony: October 31 – Part of the 2024 IA Conference

Download Awards Submission Templates:

Part A

Part B

The award categories include:

1. Interpretation Projects – Outdoor

  • Level 1: Project budget less than $75,000
  • Level 2: Project budget over $75,000

2. Interpretation Projects – Indoor

  • Level 1: Project budget less than $75,000
  • Level 2: Project budget over $75,000

3. Temporary Interpretation Event or Display

4. Digital Interpretation Project

5. First Nations Interpretation Project

6. Interpretation Planning & Design Project

In addition, the following special awards will be considered as applicable:

  • Interpretation Australia Medal – Awarded by the Executive Committee
  • Georgie Waterman Individual – Lifetime Achievement
  • Young Achievement Individual – Emerging Professional

Submitting your entry:

 

  1.  Download Part A and Part B templates and complete.
  2.  Email completed entry forms, images, and additional material to awards@interpretationaustralia.asn.au
  3.  You will receive an email invoice within 7 days of your submission for the entry fee.
  4.  Pay the entry fee within 7 days, or as indicated on the invoice, for your entry to be considered.
  5.  Congratulations, your entry is now complete!

 

Category Definitions:

 

Interpretation Projects – Outdoors

A project that demonstrates interpretation elements and design integrated in an outdoor environment or setting. This should be a permanent display, that uses a focused approach with interpretation as its primary purpose. Total budget will indicate which level to apply for (less than, or over $75,000).

 

Interpretation Projects – Indoors

A project that demonstrates interpretation elements and design integrated within an indoor environment or setting. This should be a permanent display, that uses a focused approach with interpretation as its primary purpose. Total budget will indicate which level to apply for (less than, or over $75,000).

 

Temporary Interpretation Event or Display

An event, installation, fixture or display encompassing interpretation elements and/or devices that is installed for a period of no more than a 12 month period and is not intended to be a permanent fixture or installation. This can also include live performance interpretation, special period guiding programs and/or educational workshops or platforms.

 

Digital Interpretation Project

An interpretation project that is delivered via digital devices or media only, such as an audio tour, handheld device, website, mobile app, social media page, or podcast. May incorporate sites that utilise digital to enhance visitor experience, ie. specific walking tour of a historical or environmental site that is part of a larger display or program. Submission must be interactive and may include audio, video, or animated components. A multimedia product designed for educational use, will be accepted if it is clear it has a public application and works as a standalone experience.

 

First Nations Interpretation Project

A project that is primarily focused on the cultural values of First Nations peoples, the sharing of cultural knowledge, ideas, traditions or practices and/or the storytelling of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

 

Interpretation Planning & Design Project

Interpretation documentation, planning and design projects, educational programs or live guidance programs representing the work, design and development completed prior to the implementation of interpretation programs, devices or installations.

 

Special Achievement Awards

Interpretation Australia Medal – Inaugural Award

An annual award recognising outstanding project achievement in the field of interpretation. This award is recommended by the judging panel to the IA Executive Committee for consideration. Confirmation of the IA Medal winner is by the IA Executive Committee and may, or may not be as recommended by the judging panel. Where more than one project is recommended, the final decision will be at the discretion of the IA Executive Committee.

 

Georgie Waterman Award

Since 1999, Interpretation Australia has celebrated the life of interpreter Georgie Waterman by awarding the Georgie Waterman Award to an outstanding interpreter. The Georgie Waterman Award recognises individuals who have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the development of the profession of interpretation in Australia. The key focus of this award is on the sustained contribution being made to the profession.

Visit our past award recipients.

Nominate an interpretation professional.

 

Young Achievement Award

The Young Achievement Award is for emerging professionals who are making an outstanding contribution to the development of interpretation in Australia. First presented in 2008, this award celebrates inspiration, creativity, innovation and audience awareness of a young individual who demonstrates a commitment to Interpretation as their chosen profession.

Nominate an emerging professional.

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