Maker of the Year Awards 2024 - Terms And Conditions

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1. Entry is open to amateur, professional and student woodworkers.

2. The Student, World, and Recycled & Rescued categories are open to people from around the world, including Australia.

3. The other three categories (Art & Objects; Chests, Cabinets & Boxes; Tables, Chairs & Desks) are open to citizens and residents of Australia only. In order to receive a prize, entrants must be able to supply an Australian street address. (For the purposes of this competition an Australian resident is defined as someone who has lived in Australia for at least six months at the time of entering this competition.)

4. The ‘Student’ category is only open to students enrolled in full- or part-time secondary or tertiary study in 2023 or 2024.

5. Collaborative entries are permitted however all makers must be listed. Prizes may not be split and will be delivered to one address only.

6. Employees of Yaffa Media Pty Ltd and the sponsors of Maker of the Year Awards 2024 are not permitted to enter the competition.

7. Freelance writers who have been paid to contribute to Australian Wood Review since 1 January 2023 are not permitted to enter the competition.


8. Entries must be made mainly from wood, however other materials may be incorporated.

9. Entries must have been completed after 30 June 2021. If the EXIF data attached to an image shows it was captured before 30 June 2021, the organiser (Yaffa Media Pty Ltd) reserves the right to disqualify the entry.

10. Entries submitted in previous editions of Maker of the Year Awards may not be entered in this year's competition (Maker of the Year Awards 2024).

11. You may enter as many times, in as many categories as you like. You may also enter the same piece in different categories if you wish.


12. You must supply five images of one project with your entry. Do not submit collages, where several images are combined into one.

13. Submitted images must accurately capture real projects. Images must be wholly photographic in origin. Images created entirely or in part with the assistance of artificial intelligence, 3D, or illustration software may not be entered. 

14. Images may be processed in software to adjust basic photographic variables such as cropping, noise, sharpness, colour, tone and contrast. Cloning is not allowed, except to remove distractions from the background (not from the project itself). Images must be single capture, not composite.

15. Image format: Images must be in JPEG (.jpg) or PNG (.png) format.

16. Image dimensions: Images entered should be at least 2,700 pixels on the longest edge.

17. Image file size: Individual images must be no larger than 5MB.

18. Images should not include watermarks or other branding. The competition organiser reserves the right to disqualify any entry with a watermark or other branding.

19. Submitted images may be taken by a third party, only if the photographer agrees to the images being used for the purposes stated in condition 21. Where a third-party photographer is used, the photographer’s name should be supplied in the entry description.

20. Entrants have the option to submit a link to a video/reel "tour" of their entry, ideally no longer than 45 seconds. We prefer the link to be sent via DM (direct message) to Wood Review's Instagram or Facebook pages. Alternatively, the link can be emailed to Content should be unbranded, without text or graphic overlays. Submitting a video link is optional and not required to enter Maker of the Year.


21. Each entrant retains copyright and ownership of their work and associated entry images. The entrant provides the organiser a limited-use authorisation to publish and distribute images for the sole purpose of promoting the Maker of the Year Awards. Images will be credited with the name of the creator of the work if used by Australian Wood Review.

22. The entrant must be the creator of any projects submitted and must declare if they have used plans or designs produced by a third party.


23. All entry prices in Australian Dollars (AUD).

24. Price is per entry (includes five images per project).


25. Tables, Chairs & Desks: This category is for tables, desks, chairs, stools and other seating.

26. Chests, Cabinets & Boxes: This category is for chests, cabinets, shelving and boxes, and includes work with combined function.

27. Art & Objects: This category is for freestanding or wall mounted artworks. It includes kitchen and table ware such as serving boards, bowls, spoons and other utensils. Lighting, lamps, musical instruments and hand tools are also included.

28. Student: This is an open-theme category open to Australian and international students enrolled in full- or part-time secondary or tertiary study in 2023 or 2024.

29. Recycled & Rescued: This category is open to those who create from wood salvaged from buildings and other structures, or salvaged from the forest floor or urban environments. Furniture, boxes, turnings and sculptures are all eligible, in any style. Entry descriptions must state the source of the timber used, and any relevant details of its former ‘life’ or usage. Tell us the story of your piece and the concept of your design. In addition to the criteria listed below, entries will be judged on how they relate to the theme. This category is open to entrants from around the world including Australia.

30. World: This is an open-theme category. It is open to entrants from around the world including Australia.

31. Overall Maker of the Year Award: The Overall Winner will be selected from the winners of the following categories: Art & Objects; Chests, Cabinets & Boxes; Tables, Chairs & Desks. Entries in the World, Recycled & Rescued, and Student categories are not eligible to win the Overall Maker of the Year Award.

32. The Jan Pennell Award for Woodturning will be awarded to one entry that displays outstanding woodturning. This entry will be selected from the Top 100 shortlisted entries across all six Maker of the Year categories. The entry may display the use of other woodworking techniques and/or be collaboratively made. This prize is awarded in memory of Jan Pennell.


33. A panel of industry experts will be selected by the staff of Australian Wood Review. The panel will select the award winners for each category.

34. Entries will be judged on the criteria outlined below:
• Design
• Construction
• Functionality
• Innovation
• Detail
• Materials

35. The judges' decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.


36. Competition closes for entries on Wednesday 4 September 2024 (11.59pm AEST).


37. Shortlisted entries in each category will be announced at and on Australian Wood Review Facebook page before 15 November 2024.

38. Winners, runners up and finalist entries will be announced in the December 2024 issue of Australian Wood Review (published late November 2024). A parallel winners’ announcement will be made at


39. Prize money is in Australian dollars.

40. Product prizes are subject to availability, not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. If a prize is unavailable, the competition organiser reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize of similar value and/or specification.

41. The competition organiser takes no responsibility for prizes damaged or lost in transit.


42. The entrant indemnifies Yaffa Media Pty Ltd against any claim, legal or otherwise, that may arise out of publication of entries and/or images.

43. The organiser reserves the right to disqualify any entry deemed to be in breach of these Terms and Conditions.

44. By entering images into this competition, the entrant guarantees to the organiser that all of the above Terms and Conditions have been met. Any entry found to breach the above Terms and Conditions will be disqualified and all prize money and product prizes must be returned to the organiser.