Contest rules

2019 AWARD CATEGORIES

Public Voting Categories

  • Best people: on-camera community channel personality
  • Best story: giving back
  • Best photo: connecting Canadians

Our panel of judges will review the nominees in each of the above categories and provide a shortlist of four nominations per category. The top four nominations in each category will be made available for public voting and winners will be determined by popular vote.

Juried Categories

  • Best story: game changer
  • Best content: community channel programming

The winners of these categories will be determined by the Tuned-in Canada judging panel. Judges are asked to evaluate the nominations in each category (using specific criteria) and provide a mark out of 100.

2019 CONTEST CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

Rules and eligibility

  • To make a nomination, you must be a CCSA member or a customer/subscriber of a CCSA member as of December 31, 2018.
  • All entries must be appropriate for viewing by the public. Video and/or photo entries must not contain violence, hate, profanity, sex or attacks of any kind on individuals or organizations. The CCSA will disqualify any entries it deems to contain offensive material.
  • To make a nomination, nominators must complete the online nomination form, or have one completed for them by contacting katie@thisisduke.com. This form must be completed in full and nominators must include valid contact information.
  • A separate nomination form must be completed for each nomination.
  • Any video clips to be included in a nomination must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and a link provided in the nomination form for viewing by the CCSA and our judging panel.
  • Programming nominations (category 5) must have been produced and aired between January 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019.
  • No unlicensed music, video or images may be used, and your video/photo as part of a nomination must not infringe on any third-party rights.
  • If you are a customer/subscriber making a nomination, we will contact your communications company and ask them to supply photos/video clips if you are unable to do so.
  • By including a video and/or photo as part of a nomination for this contest, you grant the CCSA a royalty-free license to copy, edit, modify, display publicly, and otherwise use your video for any awards and/or promotional purposes.
  • The CCSA reserves the right to make your video/photo available to the public on the CCSA and Tuned-in Canada websites and social media channels.
  • The CCSA reserves the right to not select a winner if none of the entries received is judged to be of appropriate quality based on the rules and eligibility criteria.
  • CCSA employees, employee family members and contractors are not eligible to enter.
  • Nominations must be received by midnight Atlantic (AST) on March 29, 2019. Nominations received by the CCSA after this date/time will be disqualified.
  • Winning entries will be notified on May 29, 2019.
  • Winners will be celebrated at the annual CCSA conference in September.
  • Nominators must agree to these terms and conditions.

Evaluation and Judging

PRELIMINARY EVALUATION

Nominees will undergo a preliminary evaluation by a committee consisting of a third party consultant (Duke Creative Collective) and CCSA team members.

This committee will reduce the nomination group down to ten candidates in each category. The preliminary evaluation will:

  • ensure all nominations meet the outlined rules and eligibility
  • eliminate all incomplete nominations
  • eliminate all redundant nominations
  • identify the ten strongest nominations based on the judging criteria
  • ensure any missing video/photo content (from customer nominations) are tracked down and included

JUDGING

Public Voting Categories
As noted above, our panel of judges will review the nominees in each of the Public Voting Categories and provide a shortlist of four nominations per category. The top four nominations in each category will be made available for public voting and winners will be determined by popular vote.

Juried Categories
The winners of the Juried Categories will be determined by the Tuned-in Canada judging panel. Judges are asked to evaluate the nominations in each category (using specific criteria) and provide a final mark out of 100.

JUDGING CRITERIA

PUBLIC VOTING CATEGORIES:

Best people: on-camera community channel personality

    • CRITERIA 1 – On camera demeanor     /25
    • CRITERIA 2 – Body of work     /25
    • CRITERIA 3 – Connection to community     /25
    • CRITERIA 4 – Overall merit     /25

Best story: giving back

    • CRITERIA 1 – Impact on community     /25
    • CRITERIA 2 – Longevity/depth of involvement     /25
    • CRITERIA 3 – Addressing a need/making a difference     /25
    • CRITERIA 4 – Overall merit     /25

Best photo: connecting Canadians

    • CRITERIA 1 – Quality of photo     /25
    • CRITERIA 2 – Showcasing member business     /25
    • CRITERIA 3 – Canadiana appeal     /25
    • CRITERIA 4 – Overall merit     /25

JURIED VOTING CATEGORIES:

Best story: game changer

    • CRITERIA 1 – Level of difficulty/risk     /25
    • CRITERIA 2 – Impact on community     /25
    • CRITERIA 3 – Addressing a need/making a difference     /25
    • CRITERIA 4 – Overall merit     /25

Best story: community channel programming

    • CRITERIA 1 – Quality of host/story     /25
    • CRITERIA 2 – Quality of camera work     /25
    • CRITERIA 3 – Quality of editing/post production     /25
    • CRITERIA 4 – Overall merit     /25

The judges will pass their scores back to the CCSA for final review.

For the three public voting categories, the CCSA will review the selections to be sure that no single member is nominated more than once. Companies can be shortlisted only once per category.

Should a member be shortlisted more than once, the CCSA will consult with the member to select the strongest nominee to go forward to the shortlist.

VOTING

The top four nominees in each of the three public voting categories will be made available on the Tuned-in Canada website for voting.

Voting takes place from May 6 – May 17, 2019 and online vote accumulations will be made public.

We’re launching a new voting tool on our website this year, which will give us some exciting new functionality and more convenience. Details to come!

Online voting closes on May 17, 2019 at midnight (AST).

For voters who prefer not to vote online, an option to vote by mail is available. Mail-in voting ends May 17, 2019. All paper votes must be submitted by mail/courier to the CCSA and include a pre-counted tally sheet in the envelope. Paper votes must be received on or before May 24, 2019, and only one envelope will be accepted from each member/individual voter.

Winners in each category will be calculated in two ways.

1. Total Votes – A trophy will be awarded to the nominee with the most total votes. A cash prize of $1,000 will also be donated to a community charity or organization of the winner’s choice.

2. Weighted Votes – A trophy will be awarded to the nominee with the most votes, adjusted for the size of the member’s subscriber base. A cash prize of $1,000 will also be donated to a community charity or organization of the winner’s choice.

 

Company A Entry Company B Entry Company C Entry
Total Votes 1500 1000 500
Subs per CCSA SPB 1000 400 100
Weighted Votes (Votes/Subs) .15 .25 .5
Winner – total votes Winner – weighted votes

If the same entry wins on both total and weighted votes/score, the winner will receive both $1,000 prizes for the category.

Winners will be announced on May 29, 2019.

Winners will donate their prize money to a deserving charity in their local community.