IBA19 Judging Criteria

This year we have ten categories in which you can nominate the unmissable interior blogs you catch up with every day. Each category has certain judging criteria which should be read carefully before you nominate your favourite blog and please bear in mind the general rules below for every nomination:

  • This year we have split each category into two territories (UK and the rest of the world) so please find out which country the blog you are nominating is based in along with the category they are most suited to before you nominate
  • The blog must be live at the time of nomination and they must have posted in the last three months
  • Blogs can be nominated more than once and into more than one category. However, those nominated in more than one category will only appear in the category they receive the most nominations for
  • If we feel the blog is not interior related, we reserve the right to disregard it from the awards entirely
  • We reserve the right to disqualify any blogs that we have found to publish any offensive or discriminatory material
  • All blogs must be written in English for the judges to be able to determine writing quality
  • Each blog only needs to be nominated ONCE to get through to the voting stage of the Amara Interior Blog Awards
  • The voting stage opens Wednesday 7th August 2019 – this is when you should ask for voting support from your friends, family and followers to make it onto the shortlists

Once you have nominated your favourite blog don’t forget to share it so that others can nominate the interior blogs they love to read too.

The #IBA19 Judges

Please note that this year the judging day will take place after the voting stage. The blogs with the most votes at the end of the voting stage will be awarded points along with those the judges select as their favourite blogs in each category, these points will then be combined to create an overall score. The top 5 scoring blogs from every category will form the 2019 shortlist, with the highest scoring blog in each crowned as the winner at the awards ceremony.

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Best Creative & Skill Blog

For lovers of all things handmade, the blogs nominated in this category are the best out there for craft and DIY inspiration. Whether it’s an entire room transformation, a furniture project or a crafting project, these blogs create unique interiors all on their own and show you how to do the same. Nominees for the Best Creative & Skill Blog Award should exhibit:

  • A focus on crafting projects or DIY projects such as whole room transformations
  • An emphasis on creating unique, handmade pieces yourself without outside help
  • Their own images of the completed projects

This category is sponsored by:

The category judges are:

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Best Company Blog

For the blogs you love to browse from companies with their own products and services, but who also place a strong emphasis on the industry as a whole. The Best Company Blog Award is for those created predominantly for business benefit. Experts in their field, these blogs are engaging, informative and always on brand. All nominees for the Best Company Blog Award must:

  • Offer products and services on their websites along with a dedicated interior blog
  • Clearly establish they are an authority within the industry
  • Ensure that their blog remains consistently on brand with the rest of the website
  • This category also includes organisations, schools, charities and interior magazines

This category is sponsored by:

To be announced!

The category judges are:

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Best Design Inspiration Blog

For those that love to explore the great depths of interior design, this category is for the out of the box thinkers that take a finer tuned look at the industry through the examination of furniture, products & trends. Each blog nominated for the Best Design Inspiration category needs to:

  • Engage readers through the examination of whole design projects including specific products within the interior industry
  • Accompany each post and insight with high resolution images to inspire readers as much as possible
  • Have their finger on the pulse of current interior trends

This category is sponsored by:

The category judges are:

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Best Interior Designer Blog

Juggling your interior design business and keeping your blog up to date is no easy task, but these bloggers take it all in their stride. With a strong commitment to the world of interior design, these blogs are the ultimate trend setters. Blogs in the Best Interior Designer Blog category should:

  • Be an established interior designer who showcases their own projects & events as well as exploring the latest trends and news within the interior industry
  • Demonstrate they are a leading expert in this field
  • Remain on brand with the rest of their website
  • Have a maximum of three employees – if 4 and above, they’ll be eligible for the Best Company Blog Award

This category is sponsored by:

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The category judges are:

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Best Interior Lifestyle Blog

For the blogs who love travel, fashion and beauty as much as they love interiors, the Best Interior Lifestyle Blog Award is dedicated to those that love to cover all lifestyle topics. Always impeccably stylish no matter the content, the Best Interior Lifestyle Blog nominees must:

  • Publish at least one interiors related post a month
  • Accompany each post with inspiring high quality and relevant images

This category is sponsored by:

To be announced!

The category judges are:

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Best Newcomer Blog

The interior blogging world is full of rising new talents who are already inspiring us to try new things with our home decor. This category is designed to give those that started their blogging journey after December 2017 some well-earned recognition. All blogs in the category must:

  • Have been created after 1st January 2018
  • Exhibit a clear understanding of the interior industry
  • Demonstrate breakthrough potential and talent in their chosen specific field

This category is sponsored by:

The category judges are:

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Best Use of Photography Blog

Imagery can make or break a blog and this award is for the blog that goes further than the rest to exhibit the most outstanding original photography throughout the site. A talented photographer, the blogger’s imagery will be an inspiration to readers for both their interiors and their own photography projects.

  • The majority of imagery on the blog must be the blogger’s own
  • The imagery should have a consistent and recognisable style throughout the blog

This category is sponsored by:

The category judges are:

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Best Written Blog

For those that love to craft a masterpiece with their words, this award is reserved for the best writers in the interior blogging industry who go one step beyond the rest with their writing quality. From funny and light-hearted reads to in-depth and educational posts, these nominees will all have:

  • Impeccable writing and grammatical skills
  • A recognisable writing style throughout the blog which is both entertaining & educating

This category is sponsored by:

To be announced!

The category judges are:

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Best Home Styling Blog

From complete home renovations to makeovers and room stylings, the Best Home Styling Blog Award is dedicated to those that love to blog about the progress of their own home. With a passion for sharing inspiring and engaging content with their readers, all blogs nominated in this category must:

  • Blog about their own home renovation, makeovers or room stylings
  • Share their own images of the completed projects

This category is sponsored by:

To be announced!

The category judges are:

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Best Use of Instagram

The Best Use of Instagram Blog Award is reserved for those that have a passion for sharing their own inspiring interior posts on Instagram. All nominees in the category must:

  • Share inspiring interior posts
  • Post mostly about interiors
  • Only Instagram will be judged in this category, blogs will not be considered by the judging panel

This category is sponsored by:

To be announced!

The category judges are:

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Bloggers’ Choice

It’s not possible to nominate any blogs for the Bloggers’ Choice Award, the 2019 nominated bloggers will select the recipient of this award from all the shortlisted blogs. This blog will exemplify the best interior content and design in the industry and will be named as the leading blog for overall outstanding quality.

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