Never entered the UK Roofing Awards before or looking for ways to help increase your chances of your project being selected, then check out the following hints, tips and advice on getting the most from your entry.
Clear, good quality photography is an absolute must for any UK Roofing Award entry. The images that you select are used by the judges to get a better understanding of the project (such as scale and workmanship). They are also used as a means to back up the written aspect of the entry, so if you talk about the vast scale of the project then consider including an aerial shot.
Below are a number of other good and bad examples of photography:
1. Take photographs throughout the project, not just on completion. Each entry is limited to 10 photographs but by taking photographs throughout the entirety of a project then you stand a better chance that you have a good range of photographs to select from. A good set of photographs includes one or two long shots of the finished roof, a few works in progress and a few mid-range ones of finished or partly finished details.
2. Clear Shots - Steer clear of any images where the project is obscured by trees, buildings etc.
Cathedral is too obscured by trees.
Good clear aerial shot of the roof gives a better understanding of the size of the project, location and aesthetics.
3. Include images that show work in progress. These help the judges get a better understanding of how the roof/ certain elements were constructed.
A close up detail of work in progress.
4. Visible PPE - Your images will likely show people working on site, it is absolutely essential that the correct PPE is shown i.e. hard hats, high-visibility clothing etc.
Visible PPE as well as a clear shot of detailing in progress.
5. Close up shots of finished detailing. Judges like to be able to zoom in to check for neatness of workmanship and to see any difficult or unusual details.
6. Camera Phones - Since they were first introduced back in 2000, camera phones have come along way, and in some instances have been known out perform even the best digital camera. One of the best things about camera phones is the fact that nearly everyone has one, so why not encourage site operatives to take (safely) photographs of their work throughout the project.
You've got the photographs and now its time to write about the project. Writing about anything is not an easy task, especially in this instance where you are trying to get across to the judges why your project is worthy of an award.
Below is a list, albeit not extensive, of some of the key things that you should consider including:
- What is it about your project that your especially proud of? Overcoming difficult weather conditions, perhaps the location was particularly precarious, tight deadlines or even tighter budgets. Then tell us.
- If you included a shot of a complex or interesting detail then don't forget to talk about it; how was it done, time taken, did an apprentice undertake the work?
- Materials - Be a little more specific with what was used, if your project used reclaimed slate tiles, then mention how many were used and the type of slate.
- Big roof? Then how many square feet was it? Was it a steep pitch, what was the angle?
- Essay's aren't necessary, in most instances details can be explained in good, concise bullet points.
- If your project is culturally or historically interesting then why not include a little bit of back history i.e. '...Shandwick is one of the most prestigious and architecturally important properties in the Troon area and was built in 1906 by Rutherford Johnstone.'
- Client testimonials can be especially useful to judges.