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The Kitchen & Bath Business Product Innovator Awards honor manufacturers for superior product innovation. If you are a manufacturer that has unveiled a new kitchen or bath product in the last 12 months that has not been previously entered, you’re eligible to enter the 2017 KBB Product Innovator Awards. It is an independently judged awards program recognizing product innovation, and it is optional to participate.

Timeline
The Product Innovator Awards will open at 9 am EST on May 5, 2017, and will end July 28, 2017, at 5 p.m. EST. All entries must be received by the Entry Deadline.

Fees
Competition fee is $150 per entry. Each product must have its own entry form. You as the PR firm are not considered the manufacturer/brand under this rule. No refunds of entry fees will be issued.

Submit Your Project

Step 1. Read the rules page before getting started with your entry.
The rules page explains how to enter, cost of entry, and the categories for this competition.

Step 2. Create a login that will save all your entry information. 
Once you create a login, you can begin uploading your entry info. You will be able to save it and come back at a later time to finish the process if necessary. To access the entry form you must first create a login. Once you create a login, you will arrive on part one of the entry form—the rules page. You will be required to certify that you have read and understood the rules document before you move on to the entry form.

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Step 3. Fill out the entry form.
The entry form is split into three parts. The first part is to read and certify the rules page. On the second part, you will input the project description, project details, etc. The third part you will upload all project images to the system.

Step 4. Pay for your entry.
Payment is accepted with a Paypal account, or with a credit/debit card (through Paypal's website).

Rules
1. Products must have been unveiled to the market within the last 12 months.
2. All questions on the entry form must be answered fully to help judges better understand the product and how it is innovative. Failure to fill in required fields may result in disqualification.
3. Entrants may submit forms for as many different products as they like, in as many categories as they choose, however, the same product may not be entered in more than one category. 
4. Decisions made by KBB are final.
5. Professional-quality, high-resolution photography (under 5MB please) must be submitted with each completed entry form. At least one color image of each product must be submitted, and five are permitted. Multiple views (other angles) and technical information/specification sheets are encouraged. You can upload .JPG .PNG .GIF files only. Each photo must be 300 dpi in resolution, and each image must be under 5 MB. By submitting photography, you are granting KBB the right to publish it free of charge. Any photographer’s fees are the responsibility of the submitter.

Judging Criteria
Products must have been introduced for regular production (no prototypes) in the last 12 months. Entrants may submit forms for as many different products as they like, in as many categories as they choose, however, the same product may not be entered in more than one category. Submit a single product, not a line of products. Judges reserve the right to reassign products to other categories if necessary. Decisions by the judges are final. All questions on the entry form must be answered.

Jury Info
Entries will be judged after the contest is officially closed by a panel of industry professionals, who will base their decisions on a variety of criteria, including innovation, aesthetics, function and technical advancements.

Winners Announcement
There are no monetary prizes. The winners will be announced and featured in the KBB October 2017 issue and on kbbonline.com once the October issue has mailed. All products will be considered by KBB editors for future placement in the magazine or online.

Entrants agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules and (b) that the decisions of the judges and KBB are final on all matters relating to the Product Innovator Awards.

Contest Sponsor
The sponsor of the Design Awards is Kitchen & Bath Business magazine (KBB), Emerald Expositions, LLC, 1145 Sanctuary Parkway, Suite 355, Alpharetta, GA 30009.