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CotY Awards

NARI’s Annual "CotY" (Contractor of the Year) Awards is your opportunity to show off your work to the general public and get the recognition you deserve. Our local contest offers great exposure. A panel of judges will vote for the "CotY" Award winners. Winners will be announced at our Keynote Presentation and Evening of Excellence Dinner. The "Coty" Awards have become one of NARI of Greater Charlotte’s premier events.

NARI of Greater Charlotte CotY Awards

Entry Deadline – October 16, 2015

Entry Fee - $180

Team Member (optional) - $80 each

Green Project Recognition (optional) - $50

Universal Design Project Recognition (optional) - $50

  • Only NARI members in good standing are eligible to participate.
  • The project finish date must be between July 1, 2014 and October 12, 2015.
  • Entry fees can be paid by credit card at 2015 NARI Charlotte CotY Awards or by check. All fees must be received by October 12, 2015.
  • Only entries that have never been submitted in prior NARI Charlotte CotY Awards contests are eligible for NARI Charlotte CotY Awards.
  • CotY entry and photographer’s release forms must be completed and returned for each entry. These forms will not be seen by the judges and are the only area where the member’s identity (or anyone involved with the project) can be revealed.  Forms are available during the entry process.
  • Entrants will need to provide a list of all NARI members (suppliers/services) used in the entry. This information will be collected in the online form.
  • Entrants will need to provide a project summary, 100 words or less, in addition to their presentation. This summary will be collected via the online form and will be used to describe winning projects after winners are announced. Although the Judges will not see the summary included in this field, this information may be repeated in the presentation if desired.
  • The presentation must be submitted in PDF format and can be up to 30 pages long. The file can be up to 15MB.  We suggest using PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, or similar program to build your entry, and then save to a PDF file. Be sure to include a project statement, drawings, images, and any descriptive text or captions that will help the judges understand the details of the transformation.  ‘Before’ photos are required, and are best used immediately preceding ‘After’ photos.  Present photos from the same angle if possible. Please don’t include the company name or any individual’s names in your presentation. This presentation is the only file the judges will see.
  • We’ll need all the before and after images you included in your project presentation in .jpg, or .jpeg, format. Do not include in-progress images. These images will be used for our presentation and promotion purposes; the judges will not view these.  Each image must be a high quality resolution of at least 300 dpi, a minimum of size of 4 x 6 (1200 x 1800 pixels), and no larger than 12 MB each. You can upload up to 30 images, but we require a minimum of 10.
  • Any photo enhancement is limited to brightness, contrast, or sharpness.  No items may be added or removed through photo enhancement techniques.  Do not add or subtract items, or change the image in a way that may increase or decrease the value of the project. 
  • All projects entered in CotY categories must be an improvement or addition to an existing structure.  Entries for new structures will not be accepted except where specifically noted in the category description.
  • The same project may only be entered in one category.  If you have a large, multi-area project, and would like to enter just a portion of it, it’s fine to break it down.  For example, if your project included the remodel of an entire house, you can enter an Entire House category OR enter a kitchen category, an interior category, and two bathroom categories, etc.  Keep in mind you will have to break out costs for each project on each entry form.  If you enter your project in this way, you will not be able to enter any of the same remodeled areas again.
  • The Awards Committee and CotY Judges reserve the right to disqualify, adjust the category, or deduct points from any entry that does not follow these rules and guidelines, without prior notice.
  • All entry fees are nonrefundable, non-transferable, and cannot be carried over to subsequent years.

Photo tips

Since your project cannot be judged in person, good quality photos are key elements in your presentation.  Whether or not you use a professional photographer, please keep the following in mind:

  • Take “before” photographs before the start of every project.  If you make this a standard practice, you will be ready when the job you anticipated to be an average remodel turns out to be a National CotY contender.  Take these shots from many angles. 
  • Take photos for work-in progress if it will help show the complexity of the process or the obstacles encountered. 
  • Take the “after” shots from the same angles as the before photos whenever possible.  This helps give the judges a good perspective of the transformation and it’s helpful if the judges can see these photos consecutively. 
  • Include both vertical and horizontal photos.  If your project is published, it stands a better chance of being featured on a magazine cover if the editors have vertical shots from which to choose.
  • Only include photos that will enhance the project entry.  Although you have 30 pages to display the project, you don’t need to use them all. 

Chapter entrants can easily forward their entries to the NARI National competition after the chapter has completed judging. How-to instructions will be provided.

NARI National project finish date range – Dec 1, 2013 thru Nov 30, 2015.

NARI National Deadlines and Fees

Early bird - Nov 2 2015 - $160

Standard - Nov 23 2015 - $ 170

Late entry -Dec 1 2015 - $195

Team members (optional) $80

Green Project Recognition (optional) - $50

Universal Design Project Recognition (optional) - $50


CotY Entry Guidelines

Contact the NARI of Greater Charlotte, Inc. office if you have any questions. We now accept Visa & Mastercard.

Start your NARI Charlotte online CotY entry NOW!


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  • Set your business apart from the competition
  • Promote your company to remodelers
  • Get noticed within the industry
  • Reduce your cost of doing business
  • Interact with other remodeling companies

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