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Dolls Awards of Excellence
Entry deadline extended for 2016 DOLLS Awards of Excellence!
Monday, 22 February 2016 21:09

2016 DAE DiamondsThe deadine for entering the 2016 DOLLS Awards of Excellence (DAE) competition has been extended to Tuesday, May 10. The DAEs recognize and encourage excellence in the design and creation of dolls. Photos of all the entries are reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges, who evaluate each submission on overall aesthetic appeal, excellence in concept, design, and execution, and quality of material and workmanship; the highest-scoring creations in each category receive the DAE Industry’s Choice Awards and become the nominees for that year’s Diamond (Public’s Choice) Awards. DOLLS readers then vote for their favorite nominee in each category to determine the Diamond Award winners.

This year, we have completely revamped the categories, including adding several new categories, and changed the entry fee structure. Be sure to read the Complete DAE Rules before purchasing your entries. Once you have read the rules and decided which categories you wish to enter, go to the Official Entry Page to purchase your entries.

 

 

 
2016 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Complete Rules

The DOLLS Awards of Excellence (DAE) and Diamond Award competition recognizes and encourages excellence in the design and creation of dolls. Photos of all the entries are reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges, who evaluate each submission on overall aesthetic appeal, excellence in concept, design, and execution, and quality of material and workmanship; the highest-scoring creations in each category receive the DAE Industry’s Choice Awards and become the nominees for that year’s Diamond (Public’s Choice) Awards. DOLLS readers then vote for their favorite nominee in each category to determine the Diamond Award winners. Show the doll world your talent — enter this year's competition!

How to Enter

Entries will be accepted through May 10, 2016. Be sure to read all the rules before entering, and make sure the online form is complete and accurate before submitting your entry. The information submitted will be used in the magazine and in promotional materials for nominated and winning entries. Any entry form that is not accompanied by photos and an entry fee will be invalid and not viewed by the judges. A separate online form must be filled out for each piece entered.

There are two sets of entry fees this year: one for the Standard Categories of the competition and one for the Special Categories (see 2016 DAE Categories, below). For entries in the standard categories, the first entry is $79, and additional entries are $49 each. For the special categories, the first entry is $39 and additional entries are $19 each. Payment must be made by credit card or a PayPal account. These fees are nonrefundable. Fees are applied to the contest’s administrative and publicity costs. Each entry must be accompanied by a paid entry fee or it will be disqualified.

Once payment is received, you’ll receive an email with the link to the online entry form. Fill out the form completely and upload two photos of the entry (see full contest rules).

Everyone who enters the 2016 DAE Awards, regardless of which track they enter, will receive a discount coupon good toward the purchase of your next ad in DOLLS as well as a free one-year subscription (or renewal) to DOLLS (print edition for addresses in the United States; digital-only for foreign addresses). Limit one coupon and subscription per artist or company.

Entries must be received by May 10, 2016.  

Key Dates

Feb. 22        Dolls Awards of Excellence 2016 competition opens for entries
May 10         Deadline for 2016 entries
June 11        DAE Industry’s Choice winners announced at the International Doll & Teddy Show
Late July       Diamond Award (Public’s Choice) nominees & ballot appear in DOLLS’ August/September 2016 issue
Oct. 3          Deadline for Diamond Awards voting
Late Nov.     Diamond Award winners announced in DOLLS’ January 2017 issue  

Rules Entries that do not conform to the following rules will not be processed or seen by judges. If you have questions not addressed here, please contact Joyce Greenholdt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 715-445-5000 ext. 150.  

  1. Definitions of terms and categories

For the purposes of this contest, the following definitions apply:

Dolls are jointed or unjointed playthings or collectibles, produced from any materials, in a human image.

Standard Categories: Dolls entered in categories 1 through 15 must be designed by the submitting artist or manufacturer from original sculpt to finished doll. Collaborations are permitted, provided contributing artists are acknowledged, but dolls made from kits or altered versions of an existing doll must be entered in the appropriate Special Category.

Special Categories: Dolls entered in categories 16 and 17 can be made from kits or altered versions of an existing doll. In both cases, the original designer and doll or kit must be named in the Special Features portion of the entry form. Dolls pictured in photos submitted in the remaining Special Categories should likewise be properly credited.

BJD: While many types of dolls have ball joints, the BJD category specifically refers to ball-jointed dolls designed to allow customization of the doll itself — for instance, so that a collector can easily replace the eyes or wig.

Artist: An artist is defined as someone who makes fewer than 1,000 dolls annually. Submissions in the artist categories must be designed by the submitting artist and at least 50% of each doll, including the head, must be constructed by the artist. Collaborations are allowed, but all contributing artists must be acknowledged.

Editions: Open, Limited, One of a Kind (OOAK): Category 1 (Children’s Play Doll) requires open editions. Other open or limited-edition dolls, including any limited-edition sculpt with a unique face-up and/or costume should be entered in the appropriate Collectible or Artist Doll category (categories 2 through 10). Any doll entered in a One-of-a-Kind category (11 through 15) must have an original, unique sculpt.  

  1. Eligibility

All entries for the 2016 DAEs must have been first introduced on or after January 1, 2015, and made available for sale during 2015 or 2016, provided they were not entered in past DAE competitions. Dolls introduced and made available for sale in 2015 or 2016 which have already been sold are eligible. Each entry must be a new, original design and not a variation or re-costuming of a previous design. Artists may submit entries which were created as collaborations. All participating artists must be identified, but it is not necessary to detail the contributions of each artist. Entrants may submit as many entries as desired in each category, but each doll can only be entered once. Any substantial changes made in costume, materials, or retail price from the original entry are grounds for disqualification of the entry. For your protection, please do not submit entries in the image of or with the name of trademarked characters unless you hold a license to create the characters.  

  1. Entry Requirements

Each entry must be accompanies by a paid fee; a fully completed entry form, and two photographs as detailed in section 4. Entries that are incomplete or missing photographs will be ruled invalid. You must submit a separate entry form and photos for each doll you enter. If a submission entered into a category is deemed inappropriate by the staff of DOLLS, the magazine has the right to disqualify the entry or move it to a different category.  

  1. Photographs

Each entry must be accompanied by two clear color photographs (one full body and one close-up of the face or other detail appropriate to the category), sized at least 900 by 1,200 pixels (3 x 4 inches at 300 dots per inch). No prints, disks, transparencies or slides will be accepted. These photographs become the property of Jones Publishing, Inc., and may be used for promotional purposes or in DOLLS. If nominated, your photo will be used in DOLLS. Entries must be photographed against a plain, flat, solid-color background. Each entry must be photographed separately. Only props or accessories sold with the doll are permitted in the photograph.  

  1. General

Entries must be received by May 10, 2016, to be considered. Judges will rate dolls based on the following criteria:

  • Overall aesthetic appeal
  • Excellence in concept, design and execution
  • Quality of material and workmanship
  • Value represented by the price and quality

When preparing to enter online, have the following information ready:

  • Name of doll
  • Height (in inches)
  • Edition size
  • Retail price (in U.S. currency)
  • Body material
  • Eyes and color
  • Costume materials and description
  • Special features (list any collaborating designers/artists)
  • One full-length and one close-up photo (each at least 1,200 by 900 pixels)

  2016 DAE Categories Standard Categories ($79/$49)

  1. Children’s Play Doll (Open editions, primarily marketed to children 12 and under. Suggested Retail Price must be $150 or less)
  2. Collectible Baby Doll (Categories 2-11 can be open or limited editions)
  3. Collectible Child Doll
  4. Collectible Vinyl/Plastic Fashion Doll
  5. Collectible Resin/Porcelain Fashion Doll
  6. Collectible Vinyl/Plastic BJD
  7. Collectible Resin/Porcelain BJD
  8. Collectible Fantasy-Themed Doll
  9. Artist Doll, Less than $1,250
  10. Artist Doll, More than $1,250
  11. OOAK Baby Doll
  12. OOAK Child Doll
  13. OOAK Fantasy-Themed Doll
  14. OOAK Doll, Less than $1,250
  15. OOAK Doll, More than $1,250

  Special Categories ($39/$19)

  1. Reborn Doll (Dolls made from kits are eligible. The reborn artist must include the name of the sculptor and kit used to make the reborn in the Special Features portion of the entry form.)
  2. Doll Repaint (Dolls made from kits or repaints of dolls made by other artists or manufacturers are eligible. The repaint artist must include the name of the artist/manufacturer and original doll used in the Special Features portion of the entry form.)
  3. Doll Fashion
  4. Doll Accessory (This category includes wigs, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and other items intended to be worn by a doll.)
  5. Doll Furniture/Prop (This category includes miniature items including furniture, food, drink glasses, musical instruments, vehicles, and other items meant to be part of a diorama or otherwise displayed with a doll.)
  6. Diorama (Entries in this category must include at least one doll. Makers of dolls, accessories, and props used in the diorama should be credited in the Special Features portion of the entry form.)

  Notes If there are insufficient entries in a category, DOLLS reserves the right to eliminate the category from this year’s DAE competition and move entries for that category into another appropriate category. In order to ensure that the awards reflect the diversity of the field and to encourage new artists, we reserve the right to restrict the number of awards an artist may win in a single category.

Click here to purchase your entries for this year's competition

 
2015 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Rules

The DOLLS Awards of Excellence (DAE), also known as the Diamond Awards, recognizes and encourages excellence in the design and creation of dolls. Photos of all the entries are reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges, who evaluate each submission on overall aesthetic appeal, excellence in concept, design, and execution, and quality of material and workmanship; the highest-scoring creations in each category receive the DAE Industry’s Choice Awards and become the nominees for that year’s DAE Public’s Choice Awards. DOLLS readers then vote for their favorite nominee in each category to determine the Public’s Choice winners. Show the doll world your talent — enter this year's DAE competition!

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How to Enter

1. Now through April 30, 2015, go to www.dollsmagazine.com and click on the DAE 2015 link to enter online.

2. Be sure to read all the rules before entering, and make sure the online form is complete and accurate before submitting your entry. The information submitted will be used in the magazine and in promotional materials for nominated and winning entries. Any entry form that is not accompanied by photos and an entry fee will be invalid and not viewed by the judges. A separate online form must be filled out for each piece entered.

3. The entry fee must be included. The first entry is $95. Additional entries are $45 each. Payment must be made by credit card. These fees are nonrefundable. Fees are applied to the contest’s administrative and publicity costs. Each entry must be accompanied by a paid entry fee or it will be disqualified.

4. Include two photos. See the full contest rules below.

5. Everyone who enters the 2015 DAE Awards will receive a discount coupon good toward the purchase of your next ad in DOLLS as well as a free one-year subscription (or renewal) to DOLLS (print edition for addesses in the United States; digital-only for foreign addresses). Limit one coupon and subscription per artist or company.

6. Entries must be received by April 30, 2015.

 

Key Dates

Feb. 3                      DAE 2015 entries open

April 30                  Deadline for entries

June 6                      Industry’s Choice winners announced at International Doll Show

Late June                 Public’s Choice nominees & ballot appear in DOLLS’ July/August 2015 issue

Aug. 31                   Deadline for Public’s Choice voting

Late October           Public’s Choice winners announced in DOLLS’ November/December 2015 issue

 

Rules

Entries that do not conform to the following rules will not be processed or seen by judges. If you have questions not addressed here, please contact Joyce Greenholdt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 715-445-5000 ext. 150.

 

Definitions of terms and categories

For the purposes of this contest, the following definitions apply:

1. Dolls are jointed or unjointed playthings or collectibles, produced from any materials, in a human image.

2. Artist: An artist is defined as someone who makes fewer than 1,000 dolls annually. Submissions in the artist categories must be designed by the submitting artist and at least 50% of each doll, including the head, must be constructed by the artist. Collaborations are allowed, but all contributing artists must be acknowledged.

3. Manufacturer: A manufacturer is defined as producing a total of 1,000 or more dolls per year. Manufacturer entries must be produced by the manufacturer and not the designing artist.

4. One of a Kind: A doll entered in any of the One-of-a-Kind categories must have an original sculpt; a limited-edition sculpt with a unique face-up and/or costume should be entered in the appropriate Artist Doll category (categories 7 through 12).

 

Eligibility

5. All entries for the 2015 DAEs must have been first introduced on or after January 1, 2014, and made available for sale during 2014 or 2015, provided they were not entered in past DAE competitions. Dolls introduced and made available for sale in 2014 or 2015 which have already been sold are eligible.

6. The entry must be a new, original design and not a variation or re-costuming of a previous design.

7. Artists may submit entries which were created as collaborations. All participating artists must be identified, but it is not necessary to detail the contributions of each artist.

8. Entrants may submit as many entries as desired in each category, but each doll can only be entered once.

9. Any substantial changes made in costume, materials, or retail price from the original entry are grounds for disqualification of the entry.

10. For your protection, please do not submit entries in the image of or with the name of trademarked characters unless you hold a license to create the characters.

 

Entry Requirements

11. Each entry must be accompanies by a paid fee; a fully completed entry form, and two photographs as detailed in rules 15 and 16. Forms that are incomplete, missing photographs, or not accompanied by the entry fee will be ruled invalid.

12. You must submit a separate entry form and photos for each doll you enter.

13. All one-of-a-kind doll sculpts must be entered in one of the one-of-a-kind categories. Entries in the remaining artist categories must have an edition size for the sculpt of at least two. Entries in the manufacturer categories must have an edition size of at least 50.

14. If a submission entered into a category is deemed inappropriate by the staff of DOLLS, the magazine has the right to disqualify the entry or move it to a different category.

 

Photographs

15. Each entry must be accompanied by two clear color photographs (one full body and one close-up of the face), sized at least 900 by 1,200 pixels (3 inches x 4 inches at 300 dots per inch). No prints, disks, transparencies or slides will be accepted. These photographs become the property of Jones Publishing, Inc., and may be used for promotional purposes or in DOLLS. If nominated, your photo will be used in DOLLS.

16. Entries must be photographed against a plain, flat, solid-color background. Each entry must be photographed separately. Only props or accessories sold with the doll are permitted in the photograph.

 

General

17. The above instructions must be followed to be considered for nomination. Entries must be received by April 20, 2015, to be considered.

18. Judges will rate dolls based on the following criteria:

• Overall aesthetic appeal

• Excellence in concept, design and execution

• Quality of material and workmanship

• Value represented by the price and quality

19. When preparing to enter online, have the following information ready:

• Name of doll

• Height (in inches)

• Edition size (if limited)

• Retail price (in U.S. currency)

• Body material

• Eyes and color

• Costume materials and description

• Special features

• List both the sculpt designer and costume designer, if different.

• One full-length and one close-up photo (at least 1,200 by 900 pixels)

 

2015 DAE Categories

Manufacturer Categories

A doll created for sale by a manufacturing or importing company, not by the designing artist. The minimum edition size produced and offered for sale worldwide for dolls entered in any manufacturer category must equal or exceed 50.

1. Children’s Play Doll (Primarily marketed to children 12 and under. Suggested Retail Price must be $150 or less)

2. Collectible Baby Doll

3. Collectible Child Doll

4. Collectible Fashion Doll

5. Collectible Resin Ball-Jointed Doll

6. Collectible Licensed/Fantasy/Pop Culture Doll

 

Artist Categories

For categories 7 through 14, entries must have a minimum edition size of 2.

7. Artist Baby Doll

8. Reborn Doll (Dolls made from kits are eligible. The reborn artist must include the name of the sculptor and kit used to make the reborn in the Special Features portion of the entry form.)

9. Artist Child Doll

10. Artist Ball-Jointed Doll

11. Artist Fantasy-Themed Doll

12. Artist Doll, Less than $1,250

13. Artist Doll, More than $1,250

14. One of a Kind Baby Doll

15. One of a Kind Child Doll

16. One of a Kind Fantasy-Themed Doll

17. One of a Kind Doll, Less than $1,250

18. One of a Kind Doll, More than $1,250

 

 

Notes

If there are insufficient entries in a category, DOLLS reserves the right to eliminate the category from this year’s DAE competition and move entries for that category into another appropriate category.

In order to ensure that the awards reflect the diversity of the field and to encourage new artists, we reserve the right to restrict the number of awards an artist may win in a single category.

 

Please click here to visit the website and sign up now!

 
Cast your vote for the 2014 Public’s Choice DOLLS Awards of Excellence!
Written by DOLLS magazine   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 13:57

The winners of the 2014 Industry’s Choice DOLLS Awards of Excellence (DAEs, also called the Diamond Awards) were announced at the International Doll Show in Asheville, N.C. in June. This year’s Industry’s Choice winners are now the nominees for the Public’s Choice awards, voted on by DOLLS readers!

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2014 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Industry’s Choice Winners
Written by DOLLS magazine   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 20:17

Here are your 2014 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Industry’s Choice Winners! 

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2014 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Rules

The DOLLS Awards of Excellence (DAE), also known as the Diamond Awards, recognizes and encourages excellence in the design and creation of dolls. Photos of all the entries are reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges, who evaluate each submission on overall aesthetic appeal, excellence in concept, design, and execution, and quality of material and workmanship; the highest-scoring creations in each category receive the DAE Industry’s Choice Awards and become the nominees for that year’s DAE Public’s Choice Awards. DOLLS readers then vote for their favorite nominee in each category to determine the Public’s Choice winners. Show the doll world your talent — enter this year's DAE competition!

 

How to Enter

1. Now through April 30, 2014, go to www.dollsmagazine.com and click on the DAE 2014 link to enter online.

2. Be sure to read all the rules before entering, and make sure the online form is complete and accurate before submitting your entry. The information submitted will be used in the magazine and in promotional materials for nominated and winning entries. Any entry form that is not accompanied by photos and an entry fee will be invalid and not viewed by the judges. A separate online form must be filled out for each piece entered.

3. The entry fee must be included. The first entry is $95. Additional entries are $45 each. Payment must be made by credit card. These fees are nonrefundable. Fees are applied to the contest’s administrative and publicity costs. Each entry must be accompanied by a paid entry fee or it will be disqualified.

4. Include two photos. See the full contest rules below.

5. Everyone who enters the 2014 DAE Awards will receive a discount coupon good toward the purchase of your next ad in DOLLS as well as a free one-year subscription (or renewal) to DOLLS (print edition for addesses in the United States; digital-only for foreign addresses). Limit one coupon and subscription per artist or company.

6. Entries must be received by April 30, 2014.

 

Key Dates

January 2014           DAE 2014 entries open

April 30, 2014        Deadline for entries

June 11-16, 2014     Industry’s Choice winners announced at International Doll Show

July 9, 2014             Public’s Choice nominees & ballot appear in DOLLS’ August 2014 issue

Sept. 15, 2014         Deadline for Public’s Choice voting

Nov. 12, 2014         Public’s Choice winners announced in DOLLS’ Dec 2014 issue

 

Rules

Entries that do not conform to the following rules will not be processed or seen by judges. If you have questions not addressed here, please contact Joyce Greenholdt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 715-445-5000 ext. 150.

 

Definitions of terms and categories

For the purposes of this contest, the following definitions apply:

1. Dolls are jointed or unjointed playthings or collectibles, produced from any materials, in a human image.

2. Artist: An artist is defined as someone who makes fewer than 1,000 dolls annually. Submissions in the artist categories must be designed by the submitting artist and at least 50% of each doll, including the head, must be constructed by the artist. Collaborations are allowed, but all contributing artists must be acknowledged.

3. Manufacturer: A manufacturer is defined as producing a total of 1,000 or more dolls per year. Manufacturer entries must be produced by the manufacturer and not the designing artist.

4. One of a Kind: A doll entered in any of the One-of-a-Kind categories must have an original sculpt; a limited-edition sculpt with a unique face-up and/or costume should be entered in the appropriate Artist Doll category (categories 7 through 12).

 

Eligibility

5. All entries for the 2014 DAEs must have been first introduced on or after January 1, 2013, and made available for sale during 2013 or 2014, provided they were not entered in past DOTY or DAE competitions. Dolls introduced and made available for sale in 2013 or 2014 which have already been sold are eligible.

6. The entry must be a new, original design and not a variation or re-costuming of a previous design.

7. Artists may submit entries which were created as collaborations. All participating artists must be identified, but it is not necessary to detail the contributions of each artist.

8. Entrants may submit as many entries as desired in each category, but each doll can only be entered once.

9. Any substantial changes made in costume, materials, or retail price from the original entry are grounds for disqualification of the entry.

10. For your protection, please do not submit entries in the image of or with the name of trademarked characters unless you hold a license to create the characters.

 

Entry Requirements

11. Each entry must be accompanies by a paid fee; a fully completed entry form, and two photographs as detailed in rules 15 and 16. Forms that are incomplete, missing photographs, or not accompanied by the entry fee will be ruled invalid.

12. You must submit a separate entry form and photos for each doll you enter.

13. All one-of-a-kind doll sculpts must be entered in one of the one-of-a-kind categories. Entries in the remaining artist categories must have an edition size for the sculpt of at least two. Entries in the manufacturer categories must have an edition size of at least 50.

14. If a submission entered into a category is deemed inappropriate by the staff of DOLLS, the magazine has the right to disqualify the entry or move it to a different category.

 

Photographs

15. Each entry must be accompanied by two clear color photographs (one full body and one close-up of the face), sized at least 900 by 1,200 pixels (3 inches x 4 inches at 300 dots per inch). No prints, disks, transparencies or slides will be accepted. These photographs become the property of Jones Publishing, Inc., and may be used for promotional purposes or in DOLLS. If nominated, your photo will be used in DOLLS.

16. Entries must be photographed against a plain, flat, solid-color background. Each entry must be photographed separately. Only props or accessories sold with the doll are permitted in the photograph.

 

General

17. The above instructions must be followed to be considered for nomination. Entries must be received by April 30, 2014, to be considered.

18. Judges will rate dolls based on the following criteria:

• Overall aesthetic appeal

• Excellence in concept, design and execution

• Quality of material and workmanship

• Value represented by the price and quality

19. When preparing to enter online, have the following information ready:

• Name of doll

• Height (in inches)

• Edition size (if limited)

• Retail price (in U.S. currency)

• Body material

• Eyes and color

• Costume materials and description

• Special features

• List both the sculpt designer and costume designer, if different.

• One full-length and one close-up photo (at least 1,200 by 900 pixels)

 

2014 DAE Categories

Manufacturer Categories

A doll created for sale by a manufacturing or importing company, not by the designing artist. The minimum edition size produced and offered for sale worldwide for dolls entered in any manufacturer category must equal or exceed 50.

1. Children’s Play Doll (Primarily marketed to children 12 and under. Suggested Retail Price must be $150 or less)

2. Collectible Baby Doll

3. Collectible Child Doll

4. Collectible Fashion Doll (Additional outfits for the doll should be offered separately)

5. Collectible Ball-Jointed Doll

6. Collectible Licensed/Pop Culture Doll

 

Artist Categories

For categories 8 through 12, entries must have a minimum edition size of 2.

7. Artist Baby Doll

8. Artist Child Doll

9. Artist Ball-Jointed Doll

10. Artist Fantasy-Themed Doll

11. Artist Doll, Less than $1,250

12. Artist Doll, More than $1,250

13. One of a Kind Baby Doll

14. One of a Kind Child Doll

15. One of a Kind Fantasy-Themed Doll

16. One of a Kind Doll, Less than $1,250

17. One of a Kind Doll, More than $1,250

 

Special Categories

18. Reborn Doll (Dolls made from kits are eligible. The reborn artist must include the name of the sculptor and kit used to make the reborn in the Special Features portion of the entry form.)

19. Artist Face-up (Dolls made from kits or repaints of dolls from other artists or manufacturers are eligible. The face-up artist must include the name of the artist/manufacturer and original doll used in the Special Features portion of the entry form. For this category only, both photos submitted should be close-ups of the doll’s face.

20. Artist Original Fashion Design (This category is for artists who have created an original doll outfit, not the doll itself.) For this category only, both photos submitted should be full-length photos focusing on the outfit.

 

Notes

If there are insufficient entries in a category, DOLLS reserves the right to eliminate the category from this year’s DAE competition and move entries for that category into another appropriate category.

In order to ensure that the awards reflect the diversity of the field and to encourage new artists, we reserve the right to restrict the number of awards an artist may win in a single category.

Enter Now!

 
Cast your vote in the 2013 Diamond Awards Public's Choice competition
Written by Joyce Greenholdt   
Thursday, 13 June 2013 13:43

2013 DAE Diamonds logoThe winners of the 2013 DOLLS Awards of Excellence (DAE) Industry's Choice competition, popularly known as the Diamond Awards, were announced at April's IDEX show in Orlando, Fla. This year's Industry's Choice winners are now the nominees for the Public's Choice Awards, voted on by DOLLS readers - so now it's your turn to be the judge! You can vote for your favorite in each category by filling out and mailing in the ballot included in the July 2013 issue of DOLLS, or you can vote online. Limit one ballot (paper or digital) per household. The deadline for voting is Sept. 1, 2013.

The Public's Choice winners will be announced in the December 2013 issue of DOLLS and on our website.

Click here to see the nominees and cast your vote online!

 
Enter the 2013 DOLLS Awards of Excellence
Written by Joyce Greenholdt   
Monday, 10 December 2012 22:23

2013_DAE_Diamonds_logoThe DOLLS Awards of Excellence (DAE), also known as the Diamond Awards, is accepting entries for the 2013 competition through March 7, 2013. The Diamond Awards recognize and encourage excellence in the design and creation of dolls.

Photos of all the entries are reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges, who evaluate each submission on overall aesthetic appeal, excellence in concept, design, and execution, and quality of material and workmanship; the highest-scoring creations in each category receive the DAE Industry’s Choice Awards and become the nominees for that year’s DAE Public’s Choice Awards. DOLLS readers then vote for their favorite nominee in each category to determine the Public’s Choice winners.

To enter the 2013 DOLLS Awards of Excellence competition, first read all the rules online, then go to the Online Contest Entry Page.

Show the doll world your talent — enter this year's DAE competition!

 
2013 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Rules
Written by Superadmin   
Monday, 03 December 2012 16:27

The DOLLS Awards of Excellence (DAE), also known as the Diamond Awards, recognizes and encourages excellence in the design and creation of dolls. Photos of all the entries are reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges, who evaluate each submission on overall aesthetic appeal, excellence in concept, design, and execution, and quality of material and workmanship; the highest-scoring creations in each category receive the DAE Industry’s Choice Awards and become the nominees for that year’s DAE Public’s Choice Awards. DOLLS readers then vote for their favorite nominee in each category to determine the Public’s Choice winners. Show the doll world your talent — enter this year's DAE competition!

 

How to Enter

1. From Dec. 11, 2012, through March 7, 2013, go to www.dollsmagazine.com and click on the DAE 2013 link to enter online.

2. Be sure to read all the rules before entering, and make sure the online form is complete and accurate before submitting your entry. The information submitted will be used in the magazine and in promotional materials for nominated and winning entries. Any entry form that is not accompanied by photos and an entry fee will be invalid and not viewed by the judges. A separate online form must be filled out for each piece entered.

3. The entry fee must be included. The first entry is $95. Additional entries are $45 each. Payment must be made by credit card. These fees are nonrefundable. Fees are applied to the contest’s administrative and publicity costs. Each entry must be accompanied by a paid entry fee or it will be disqualified.

4. Include two photos. See the full contest rules below.

5. Everyone who enters the 2013 DAE Awards will receive a discount coupon good toward the purchase of your next ad in DOLLS as well as a free one-year subscription (or renewal) to DOLLS (print edition for addesses in the United States; digital-only for foreign addresses). Limit one coupon and subscription per artist or company.

6. Entries must be received by March 7, 2013.

 

Key Dates

Dec. 11, 2012         DAE 2013 entries open

March 7, 2013 Deadline for entries

April 12, 2013        Industry’s Choice winners announced at IDEX

May 2, 2013           Public’s Choice nominees & ballot appear in DOLLS’ June 2013 issue

July 1, 2013            Deadline for Public’s Choice voting

Nov. 7, 2013           Public’s Choice winners announced in DOLLS’ Dec 2013 issue

 

Rules

Entries that do not conform to the following rules will not be processed or seen by judges. If you have questions not addressed here, please contact Joyce Greenholdt at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 715-445-5000 ext. 150.

 

Definitions of terms and categories

For the purposes of this contest, the following definitions apply:

1. Dolls are jointed or unjointed playthings or collectibles produced from any material in a human image.

2. Artist: An artist is defined as someone who makes fewer than 1,000 dolls annually. Submissions in the artist categories must be designed by the submitting artist and at least 50% of each doll, including the head, must be constructed by the artist. Collaborations are allowed, but all contributing artists must be acknowledged.

3. Manufacturer: A manufacturer is defined as producing a total of 1,000 or more dolls per year. Manufacturer entries must be produced by the manufacturer and not the designing artist.

 

Eligibility

4. All entries for the 2013 DAEs must have been first introduced on or after January 1, 2012, and made available for sale during 2012 or 2013, provided they were not entered in past DOTY or DAE competitions. Dolls introduced and made available for sale in 2012 or 2013 which have already been sold are eligible.

5. The entry must be a new, original design and not a variation or re-costuming of a previous design.

6. Artists may submit entries which were created as collaborations. All participating artists must be identified, but it is not necessary to detail the contributions of each artist.

7. Entrants may submit as many entries as desired in each category, but each doll can only be entered once.

8. Any substantial changes made in costume, materials, or retail price from the original entry are grounds for disqualification of the entry.

9. For your protection, please do not submit entries in the image of or with the name of trademarked characters unless you hold a license to create the characters.

 

Entry Requirements

10. Each entry must be accompanies by a paid fee; a fully completed entry form, and two photographs as detailed in rules 14-15. Forms that are incomplete, missing photographs, or not accompanied by the entry fee will be ruled invalid.

11. You must submit a separate entry form and photos for each doll you enter.

12. All one-of-a-kind dolls must be entered into the one-of-a-kind categories. Entries in the remaining artist categories must have an edition size of at least two. Entries in the manufacturer categories must have an edition size of at least 50.

13. If a submission entered into a category is deemed inappropriate by the staff of DOLLS, the magazine has the right to disqualify the entry or move it to a different category.

 

Photographs

14. Each entry must be accompanied by two clear color photographs (one full body and one close-up of the face), sized at least 900 by 1,200 pixels (3 inches x 4 inches at 300 dots per inch). No prints, disks, transparencies or slides will be accepted. These photographs become the property of Jones Publishing, Inc., and may be used for promotional purposes or in DOLLS. If nominated, your photo will be used in DOLLS.

15. Entries must be photographed against a plain, flat, solid-color background. Each entry must be photographed separately. Only props or accessories sold with the doll are permitted in the photograph.

 

General

16. The above instructions must be followed to be considered for nomination. Entries must be received by March 7, 2013, to be considered.

17. Judges will rate dolls based on the following criteria:

• Overall aesthetic appeal

• Excellence in concept, design and execution

• Quality of material and workmanship

• Value represented by the price and quality

18. When preparing to enter online, have the following information ready:

• Name of doll

• Height (in inches)

• Edition size (if limited)

• Retail price (in U.S. currency)

• Body material

• Eyes and color

• Costume materials and description

• Special features

• List both the sculpt designer and costume designer, if different.

• One full-length and one close-up photo (at least 1,200 by 900 pixels)

 

2013 DAE Categories

Manufacturer Categories

A doll created for sale by a manufacturing or importing company, not by the designing artist. The minimum edition size produced and offered for sale worldwide for dolls entered in any manufacturer category must exceed 50.

1. Children’s Play Doll (Primarily marketed to children 12 and under. Suggested Retail Price must be $150 or less)

2. Collectible Baby Doll

3. Collectible Child Doll

4. Collectible Fashion Doll (Additional outfits for the doll should be offered separately)

5. Collectible Ball-Jointed Doll

6. Collectible Miniature Doll (8 inches or less)

7. Collectible Manufacturer’s Artist Doll (Submitting manufacturer must recognize the artist as such. The artist must have sculpted the doll’s head. The artist’s name must be associated with the doll, box, or tag, and with the doll’s advertising and marketing campaigns.)

8. Collectible Licensed/Pop Culture Doll

 

Artist Categories

For categories 9 through 14, entries must have a minimum edition size of 2.

9. Artist Baby Doll

10. Artist Child Doll

11. Artist Ball-Jointed Doll

12. Artist Fantasy-Themed Doll

13. Artist Doll, Less than $1,250

14. Artist Doll, More than $1,250

15. One of a Kind Baby Doll

16. One of a Kind Child Doll

17. One of a Kind Doll, Less than $1,250

18. One of a Kind Doll, More than $1,250

 

Special Categories

19. Reborn Doll (Dolls made from kits are eligible. The reborn artist must include the name of the sculptor and kit used to make the reborn in the Special Features portion of the entry form.)

20. Artist Face-up (Dolls made from kits or repaints of dolls from other artists or manufacturers’ are eligible. The face-up artist must include the name of the artist/manufacturer and original doll used in the Special Features portion of the entry form. 

21. Artist Original Fashion Design (This category is for artists who have created an original doll outfit, not the doll itself.)

 

Note: If there are insufficient entries in a category, DOLLS reserves the right to eliminate the category from this year’s DAE competition and move entries for that category into another appropriate category.

 

Click here to go to the online Contest Entry Form!

 
2011 Dolls Awards of Excellence Rules

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How to Enter:

The DAE 2011 website can be reached by clicking on the following link:

http://www.dollandteddyexpo.com/dae/


1. Fill out each entry form completely. Please double-check the clarity and accuracy of the information, as it will be printed, both in our magazine and on any awards won, as you submit it. We have the right to disqualify submissions with incomplete or unclear information. Any entry form that is not accompanied by an entry fee will be invalid and not viewed by the judges. A separate contact/payment form and entry form must be completed for each doll entered. Participants may submit multiple entries per category, but nominations will be limited to one per company per category.

2. Entry fee must be included. The first doll is $75. Additional dolls are $50 each. Payment must be made by credit card only for online entries. These fees are non-refundable. Fees are applied to contest administrative costs and publicity. Each entry must be accompanied by a paid entry fee or it will be disqualified.

3. Include two photos of each doll entered. See contest rules below.


Contest Rules

1. Each entry must be accompanied by two copies of a clear, color photograph (One full body and one close-up of face). Each photograph must be at least 1,200 by 900 pixels. No disks, transparencies, printed pages or slides will be accepted. These photographs become the property of Jones Publishing Inc., and may be used for promotional purposes. Photos must be good quality color prints. If nominated, your photo will be used in our magazine.

2. Entries must be photographed against a plain, flat, solid color background. Each entry must be photographed separately. Only props or accessories sold with the doll are permitted in the photograph. Photographs should depict the entry completely (i.e., the full doll must be shown) and accurately.

3. All photos must be labeled with the name of the doll and its maker. List both the sculpt designer and costume designer, if different.

4. Any doll introduced after March 1, 2010, is eligible to be nominated for an award. The entry must be a new, original design. It must be commercially available in the United States in the year 2011 for sale at the retail price given on the entry.

5. All one-of-a kind dolls must be entered in the one-of-a kind category. Entries in the remaining categories must have an edition size of at least two.

6. Participants may submit multiple entries in each category, but nominations are limited to one nominee per company per category. Nominees will be notified by June 4, 2011.

7. The doll must be a posable representation of a human-like character. A design can be nominated for an Award of Excellence only once, regardless of changes made in size or medium.

8. If the doll is a prototype, it must be constructed of the same materials as the production dolls. If, in the opinion of DOLLS magazine, any nominated doll changes significantly from the photographed example, in appearance, costume or price, or if the doll is not available for sale to the public during the year 2011, the doll will be disqualified from the competition.

9. Judges will rate dolls based on the following criteria:
• Overall aesthetic appeal
• Excellence in concept, design and execution
• Quality of material and workmanship
• Value represented by the price and quality

10. The entrant will be advised of or contacted to review any category changes or disqualifications by the DAE Awards Coordinator. The above instructions must be followed to be considered for nomination. Entries must be received before March 1, 2011, to be considered.

 

DAE Categories:

OneOfAKind Baby Doll
OneOfAKind Representations of Children
OneOfAKind Adult/Fashion Dolls
Limited Edition Baby Dolls
Limited Edition Representations of Children
Limited Edition Adult/Fashion Dolls
Play Dolls
Baby Dolls, $500 and under
Representations of Children, $500 and under
Representations of Adults, $500 and under
Fashion Dolls, $500 and under
Baby Dolls, over $500
Representations of Children, over $500
Representations of Adults, over $500
Fashion Dolls, over $500