BOCSI and SCOTY 2019 Rules and Regulations

The Best of Canada’s Sign Industry (BOCSI) awards honour the top work of sign companies and related organizations across the country with winners selected by an expert panel of independent judges. The awards program is jointly managed by Sign Media Canada and the Sign Association of Canada (SAC-ACE).

Eligibility for project awards
The competition is open to the Canadian sign industry. Projects submitted for this year’s awards must have been completed and installed in Canada between April 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019.

New for 2019:
Now part of the BOCSIes, the Sign Company of the Year (SCOTY) award recognizes a company which has stood out over the year.

Eligibility
The competition is open to the Canadian sign industry. Only one submission per company is accepted. To apply for this award, you must also submit at least one sign project.

Judging Criteria*:
Company details 1-10 points
Community and industry involvement 1-10 points
Employee training 1-10 points

*A company’s total score is based on a combination of its highest scoring project entry and the SCOTY entry score.

 

Sign project winners will be honoured in the following categories, regardless of their specific manufacturing/fabrication method:

Categories

 

Building Signage

All building identification signs, including awnings and canopies.

Commercial Tenant Signs

Signage generally installed directly above a business location’s main entry.

Digital Signage

 

Categories of digital signage include 3D robotic and liquid crystal displays (LCDs), light-emitting diode (LED), or organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens, and dynamic projections.

Display Graphics

Banners, fabric graphics, and inflatables are all examples of display graphics.

Fascia Signs/Channel Letters

Any sign painted on or attached to an exterior building or structure wall.

Freestanding Signage

Signs not attached to a building. For example, one placed on a highway exit or at the entrance to a business complex. Some types of freestanding signage include, monuments, pylons, and posts.

Historic Signage

Antique or classic signs which have been restored, refurbished, or repurposed.

Illuminated Signage

Signs that are neon, light-emitting diode (LED), or fluorescent.

Out-of-home Media

Signs and advertisements on billboards, posters, and transit.

Sign Systems*

Signs used for environmental, accessibility, safety, wayfinding, and commercial systems (comprising of at least three signs).

Unique Signs

Special projects outside the other categories, which are unusual or unique.

Vehicle Graphics

Projects involving vehicle wraps, decals, and pinstriping.

*Consider submitting multiple photos to demonstrate the functionality of how the sign system works.

How to enter your project

  1. Visit bocsi.ca/enter.
  2. Click the “new entry” button.
  3. Select a category and name your entry.
  4. Provide the required information.
  5. Upload two images.
  6. Click submit.

For each submission, you will need to complete an entry form and provide two or more photos of the sign project taken at different distances and angles. There is no charge and you may enter multiple projects in the competition. All materials submitted become the property of both Sign Media Canada and SAC-ACE, including rights for reproduction. By entering the Best of Canada Sign Industry (BOCSI) competition you also agree that your contact information may be shared with BOCSI competition/award sponsor(s).

Photo requirements
Digital images must be a minimum of 300 dpi in resolution, large enough for layout (minimum 4 x 6 inches or 1200 x 1800 pixels) and formatted as .jpg or .png files. Vertically oriented photos that are at least 9 x 12 inches may be considered for cover use in Sign Media Canada. No low-resolution files will be accepted.

Judging and awards
Competition entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts jointly appointed by Sign Media Canada and SAC-ACE. They collectively determine first, second, and third place winners for all categories based on their respective merits. The highest score overall will win a special “Best in Show” award irrespective of category. The winners will be announced at the Best of Canada’s Sign Industry awards evening during Sign Expo Canada 2019 and be featured in the November 2019 issue of Sign Media Canada.

Judging Criteria includes:
Originality 1-10 points
Creativity 1-10 points
Materials 1-10 points
Appearance 1-10 points
Design Suitability 1-10 points

Maximum Score:
50 points

Deadline for entries: July 26, 2019