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Entry Submission Site

The PHTA International Awards of Excellence (AOE) recognizes and rewards installations of pools and hot tubs that showcase the most beautiful and creative work in the pool and spa industry. Hundreds of entries are submitted each year, representing member firms across the United States and around the world. This event is open exclusively to PHTA members only.

Submit Your Entry

Not a current member? The International Awards of Excellence program is open only to PHTA Members. If you want to submit an entry to this year’s competition but aren’t a member of APHTA, contact Member Services at memberservices@phta.org.

The Benefits of Winning a PHTA International Award of Excellence
By entering these awards, you are giving yourself an opportunity to stand out above the rest. Winners of the Awards of Excellence are recognized by their peers for their expertise in design, construction, or installation.

A Valuable Marketing Tool
Winning a PHTA International Award of Excellence award can translate directly into increased sales and an expanded customer base. Recipients incorporate their achievement into their advertising, promotional materials and sales presentations.

Gain Peer Recognition
PHTA cordially invites you to be part of the 2019 International Awards of Excellence Awards Program and Reception. The program and reception will run in conjunction with the 2019 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo.  Email Member Services at memberservices@phta.org or call 703.838.0083 ext. 301.

About the Competition

Who can enter the competition?
All entrants in the International Awards of Excellence competition must be current PHTA members. The competition is open to pool, spa, or hot tub builders and installers, designers, retailers, or service companies that receive payment for the installation being submitted. A manufacturer or distributor may submit entries on behalf of PHTA member builders and installers, designers etc., but the recognition will go to the firm that received payment for the installation.

PHTA will acknowledge that your entry has been received by an automatic email response. This information will not be given out over the phone, so please make sure that PHTA has your correct email address.

Entry Fee 
A nonrefundable entry fee in the amount of $149 US dollars per entry must accompany each entry form. Payment can be made by credit card (we accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).

Special Entry Fee Bulk Entry Discount

Bulk Discounts: 

  • 6-10 entries - $129
  • 11 entries and above - $99

AOE FAQ Information:

Quick Tips for Submitting Great Entry Images


By virtue of making an application, all entrants agree to observe completely  the "Guidelines for the Use of the PHTA International Awards of Excellence." All entrants recognize that the PHTA International Awards of Excellence Competition is essentially an aesthetic and technical competition, and agree that they will make no assertion or indicate that design soundness or safety considerations in the competition are evaluated in any manner.

PHTA makes no affirmations or certifications nor does it render any option with respect to the design soundness or safety of any entries or award winners, nor as to whether any entry or award-winning installation conforms in any respect with any ANSI standard or any other applicable government code or regulation.  All entrants recognize that the only affirmations of compliance with any standard, code or regulations are those made by entrants themselves, and entrants or winners will make no representations to the contrary.

By virtue of making application, all entrants agree to waive any right of action against PHTA for any loss that might be related directly to participation in the PHTA International Awards of Excellence, or denial thereof.  Further, entrants agree to hold APSP harmless as to any loss that might be related directly to participation in the competition, or denial thereof.

Additional Help or Questions: 
Email Lorna Watkins  at lwatkins@phta.org or call 703-838-0083 Ext. 121