Judging/Awards

Each image entry is judged individually. The judges’ scores are not cumulative per application, but reflect their decisions per individual image entry.

Images are judged on the following:

  • Technical excellence, both in surface design and form
  • A distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought
  • Market viability (professional entries only)


Decisions of the judges are final.


Finalists receive an awards certificate, a listing in NICHE magazine (professionals only), and a listing in the Buyers Guide of the American Made Show.


Finalists are invited to display their piece in a special display at the American Made Show. Each artist MUST drop off and pick up artwork if participating. Participating in the display exposes finalists’ work to thousands of buyers from across the country, however it has NO effect on the determination of winners.  Winners are picked based on the submitted photographs.


Winners are announced at a special ceremony held during the American Made Show in January.


Winners will receive an awards certificate, trophy, a listing on the NICHE Awards website and a listing in NICHE magazine.


Information about the ceremony and special display will be included in the finalists’ promotional packets. See Contest Guidelines for additional details.