2021 Prizes and Associate Awards

Total 2021 Prize Fund: $35,000: With more Associate Awards confirmed throughout the year.

2021 Prize for Embroidery Prizes:

These awards are given by Hand & Lock and chosen by a specialist panel of independent expert judges. There are three winners in each of the four categories, 12 Hand & Lock Prize winners in total. Each year the judging panel reviews the first stage submissions and selects the finalists. A few months pass where these selected finalists can finesse their entry with the help of an industry mentor. At the Prize exhibition, live judging and Prize-giving the judges see the finished submissions and begin their final assessment. Considering both the final work and the entrant’s supporting materials, they score according to the entrants interpretation of the brief, their technical skill, their overall vision and wow factor.

First Prize:

◦ The winners in each category will be awarded with $3,500 USD as a top prize.
◦ A commemorative framed hand embroidered plaque produced by Hand & Lock’s skilled craftsmen.
◦ A one year complimentary membership of The Textile Institute
◦ A weekend course at Hand & Lock.
◦ A priority work placement at Hand & Lock.

Second Prize

◦ A commemorative framed hand embroidered plaque produced by Hand & Lock’s skilled craftsmen.
◦ A weekend course at Hand & Lock.
◦ A priority work placement at Hand & Lock.

Third Prize

◦ A commemorative framed hand embroidered plaque produced by Hand & Lock’s skilled craftsmen.
◦ A weekend course at Hand & Lock.
◦ A priority work placement at Hand & Lock.

Associate Awards:

Royal School of Needlework Award for Innovation & Technical Excellence in Hand Embroidery

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The Worshipful Company of Gold & Silver Wyre Drawer Award

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The Worshipful Company of Broderers Award

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The Wilcom Award for Digital Embroidery

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Associate Awards are selected by Hand & Lock Prize sponsors and are independent of the main Hand & Lock Awards. Each different award will have it’s own specific eligibility and selection criteria. These awards can be selected from all submissions regardless of whether the entrant was selected for the Hand & Lock Prize. In some circumstances the entrant could win both an associate award and a Hand & Lock Prize award.

Watch this space – The list will be updated through the year.

The Exhibition and live judging:

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