Entry tips

Tips on how to write a great award entry

The CIEH Excellence Awards recognise the originality, creativity, passion and hard work in the environmental health sector. They highlight the individuals, organisations and projects that are leading the way in environmental health.

The Awards are your opportunity to showcase your work in front of an expert judging panel. Each category is allocated a minimum of two judges who are each looking for evidence of more than good practice. To have a chance of being selected as the winner of a category, the judges are looking for you to demonstrate best practice in environmental health and will reward those individuals / organisations who set the highest standards.

Inspire the judges and make them wish that they had done the work you entered.

What the judges want in your entry

  • Tell a story – make your entry come alive
  • Context – set the scene
  • Criteria – provide information for each criteria for the category you enter
  • Succinct language
  • Be clear – the judges have no knowledge of your project / initiative / career / organisation
  • Timeline – each category has a stated timeframe. You may have undertaken work before the start date, but the judges will only consider activity between the stated dates.
  • Impact – give a clear explanation of the impact made to health / wellbeing / environment
  • Layout: Seperate your entry into clearly defined sections and focus each section on one bullet point in the category's criteria list. This will help the judges consider like-with-like across all entries.

What the judges DO NOT want in your entry 

  • Puffery
  • Bad spelling and/or grammar
  • Jargon
  • Acronyms

Good luck!

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