Awards Submission Tips


In a competitive landscape marketplace, positive perception and a heightened awareness of your services can be the key to success. The Landscape Contractors Association MD • DC • VA (LCA) helps increase visibility for landscape companies through our well-respected annual Excellence in Landscape Awards competition.

Make the most of this opportunity by following these simple tips when submitting your entry:


Capture plenty of “before” shots from many viewpoints prior to the project start.


Don’t rush the entry, give it time to mature, and plan to photograph it during all seasons—especially in peak color.


Remove any debris from patio, pool deck, lawn, and plant beds, and be sure turf areas are properly mowed and without dead areas.


Soft morning or early evening light minimizes contrast and is ideal for taking the best pictures.


Frame your view carefully, omitting telephone poles and traffic signs, excessive concrete curbs, and pavement. Get close-ups detailing your craftsmanship (at least five are required if you are entering the Craftsmanship category).

Creatively tell the story

Use the entry form to detail the client’s objectives, your vision, and special or unusual problems encountered.