Atlanta Magazine’s HOME and Atlanta magazine are excited to announce the second annual Georgia Design Awards. These awards are the first of their kind—bringing together all segments of the design, architecture, and construction communities in order to feature the best work and brightest talent across the state of Georgia. The program is also the first to involve both the trade and consumers. Leveraging the full audiences of both our magazines, along with the extensive reach of atlantamagazine.com, the winning designs will be showcased in front of design enthusiasts throughout the region.

The Georgia Design Awards will span the categories of architecture, interior design, homebuilding, remodeling, and landscape design—both residential and commercial. Entrants must be based in Georgia and will have the opportunity to submit projects ranging from a single room or product installation to an entire home or public space. Submissions will be accepted beginning May1, 2023, through July 15, 2023. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of design professionals from outside of Georgia. Winners will be announced at the Georgia Design Awards Gala in December. Award-winning entries will also be featured in the winter edition of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.


Begin by visiting GeorgiaDesignAwards.com and creating an account. Once an account has been created, and after you’ve signed in, click the “New Entry” link and fill out the form with your project details and attach your images. Remember to save your entry. You may revisit and submit as many entries as you wish until 11:59 p.m. on July 15, 2023. Once you’ve entered all your projects, use the “Submit and Pay” link to check out and finalize your submissions.


Each entry must be accompanied by at least one (1), but no more than eight (8), high-resolution image(s). Image(s) submitted must be about 8 x 10 inches, at 300 dpi minimum (any image that does not meet this requirement will not be accepted). The acceptable format is JPG, with a size limitation of 50MB per image. Please see our Photography Terms section. Important Note: To ensure anonymity, photos should be named by category and NOTthe name of the professional/homeowner submitting the project. Please label your images as “CategoryEntered_ProjectName_ImageNumber.jpg” 

Example of correct image name:

If your images are not named properly, your project may be disqualified. You may enter as many projects as you wish. Please upload your appropriately named images via the online submission form.


A Rising Star award will be given to a nominee who has fewer than 10 consecutive years’ experience in their fields and must have completed at least one significant project. Nominations must be submitted by someone other than the nominee. At least five photos must accompany the Rising Star nomination. No fee is required for nomination in this category. 

Readers’ Choice and Best in Show “Readers’ Choice” is an award given to the project that receives the most online votes from our readers. Residential projects in the major interior design and architectural categories will be posted at atlantamagazine.com for reader voting. In addition, “Best in Show” will go to the highest-scoring project across all categories.


All entries must be submitted and paid for in full via the web form by 11:59p.m. on July 15, 2023.


1-3 entries: $100 each

4-6 entries: $75 each

7+ entries: $50 each

Entry fees are payable via our online entry form, which accepts PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Fees are non-refundable.


Entrants must submit only royalty/reuse-free photos. It is the entrant’s responsibility to obtain releases from their photographer before submitting images (to be used during the Georgia Design Awards Gala and published by Atlanta Magazine LLC and its affiliates at no additional charge). All photography submitted may be published free of charge by Atlanta Magazine LLC with free usage in print and online. It is the entrant’s responsibility to inform the photographer of these terms. If you are listing your photographer’s name and that photographer took photos that you are entering in more than one category, please list your photographer’s name/company the same way throughout. Photo selection and size/ cropping is at the magazine’s discretion.


The form will require an overview (100-250 words) detailing significant aspects of the project. The statement should discuss design challenges, project location (city name), design solutions, and other pertinent aspects, but MUST NOT mention firm names, nor individuals involved. Entrants must include the year the project was completed. Design projects more than five years old will not be accepted. Projects should be submitted via the entry submission form at GeorgiaDesignAwards.com.


An independent panel of design experts outside of Georgia will determine the winners. Judges are drawn from media, respected academic institutions, and private practice, and include prominent names from design and architecture. The editorial team at Atlanta Magazine’s HOMEwill oversee the process and make certain it is professional and fair. The panel’s expertise will reflect a broad spectrum of relevant professions, includingarchitecture, building, remodeling, interior design, and landscape design. All judges’ decisions are final.


The Georgia Design Awards are open to trade professionals in the following categories: Interior Design, Architecture, Home Building, Home Remodeling, and Landscape Design. Consumers/homeowners who are interested in having their homes/projects considered can do so but should include the names, if any, of design/build professionals who completed the work being submitted. Trade or Retail Showrooms are also eligible to submitprojects for consideration but should include the names of any design/build professionals who were involved with the project being submitted.Entries that have won in or were submitted to competitions other than the Georgia Design Awards are allowed. Projects submitted previously to the GDA awards that have not won an award may be re-submitted. The principal design professional overseeing each entry must be based in the state of Georgia, regardless of whether that professional’s firm is headquartered in Georgia. Projects themselves may be located in other states and must have been completed since July 31, 2018. Atlanta Magazine LLC reserves the right to disqualify any entries that do not meet these requirements.


Gold winners will receive only one award plaque. Additional plaques may be purchased at a cost of $45. Silver and bronze winners will receive certificates and may request additional copies for free. If a category receives fewer than five entries, entries must achieve minimum averagescores (based on winning scores in larger categories) to receive gold, silver, or bronze. Also, when there are fewer than five entries in a particularcategory, no award will be given unless there is a gold winner. Failure to comply fully with contest rules may result in disqualification. Entry fee is non-refundable and will not be returned (even if entry is determined to be ineligible or disqualified). Atlanta Magazine LLC and Atlanta Magazine’s HOMEare not liable for lost, stolen, ineligible, misdirected, damaged, mutilated, or postage-due entries. Winning submissions become the property of Atlanta Magazine LLC and Atlanta Magazine’s HOME. Atlanta Magazine LLC and Atlanta Magazine’s HOMEretain legal/publishing rights after publishing of the Winter 2023 edition of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.


Atlanta Magazine LLC, Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, and Georgia Design Awards:

Sean McGinnis



Printable entry packets are available at www.GeorgiaDesignAwards.com


May1, 2023, Submissions open
July 15, 2023, Submission and fee deadline
November 30, 2023 Georgia Design Awards Gala
November 30, 2023, Atlanta Magazine’s HOME Commemorative Design Awards issue available