Manage your entire awards program with one platform. Submissions. Judging. Reporting. OpenWater Awards does it all.

You Deserve More From Your Awards Software.


Plenty of software programs let you collect entries online. But only OpenWater Awards is a true all-in-one software platform designed to streamline and simplify your entire awards program. Forget manila folders. Ditch the spreadsheets. With OpenWater Awards, one rock-solid solution handles everything – entry management, judging, scoring, reporting, payments and more.

Eight Tips to Make This Your Best Awards Season Ever

Thrill entrants, judges and staff by following these simple hints.
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Why OpenWater Awards is Better


  • With Traditional Awards Management …
  • Multiple systems are inevitable.

    Most online award management solutions begin and end with entry collection. Tracking, judging and logistics must be handled by hand, via email or on spreadsheets.

  • Look and feel is random.

    Many awards solutions force entrants to a seemingly unconnected site to upload their materials. This confuses users – and even costs associations revenue if submissions are abandoned.

  • Information is scattershot.

    Who’s started an entry? Who’s completed one? Which judges are finished? Which haven’t started? Without real-time reporting and analytics, it’s almost impossible to tell. And if you’re not informed, you can’t make informed decisions.

  • With OpenWater Awards Software …
  • One system is all you need.

    With OpenWater Awards, all tasks – by entrants, judges, chairs and administrators – are handled in one unified, fully integrated solution. Leave the juggling to kids’ birthday parties.

  • Branding is consistent.

    When you use OpenWater Awards, our team creates an custom-branded upload portal that matches your existing website and visual identity. Users will know they’re in a place they can trust.

  • You’re always in the know.

    OpenWater Awards’ advanced analytics capabilities eliminate confusion and simplify internal and external communication. Key reminders are sent automatically, and it’s easy to tell the status of any action item


Increase Entry Volume


Awards programs are often associations’ highest-profile outreach efforts – and the revenue they generate is critical to the bottom line. That means driving entries year in and year out is mission-critical. OpenWater Awards makes it easy.

  • Go Social: Use OpenWater Awards as part of your organization’s social media plan by using our ‘nominate others’ feature, online winners gallery and social/public voting.
  • Member Engagement: Keep it easy for your members and applicants by offering them an easy-to-use (and fun!) online tool to interact with your awards program.
  • Online Visibility: OpenWater Awards makes it simple to boost organic search engine traffic and get the word out to new prospective members.
  • Email Marketing: Keep your applicants and judges informed and up to date with advanced email marketing features. Confirm, remind or just say “hi” with the click of a button!
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Streamline Submissions and Judging

OpenWater Awards is designed to streamline submission capture and judging workflows, no matter the size of the program – or how many you run.

  • Online Submission Forms: Forget email attachments. OpenWater Awards’ online submission process lets users submit information and files in any modern browser. And setting it up is on us – no more work for you.
  • Online Judging: Let judges access submissions any time, anywhere, on nearly any device.
  • Multiple Program Support: OpenWater Awards lets you run one program or many, all in the same system.

Measure Results – and Improve

  • Easy Reporting: From checking incomplete submissions to building complex queries, the OpenWater Awards report engine can keep you on top of your program.
  • True Integration: OpenWater Awards seamlessly integrates with your existing central association management software or customer relationship manager tool.
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