Competitions & Prizes

AILA partners with a range of agencies to create and support landscape architecture competitions and prizes throughout the year. Competitions and prizes provide inspiration to the discipline and choice to the client. These opportunities, and others, you’ll find here. 


People's Choice Voting now Live -  Voting ends 11 September at 11:59pm 

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ Principal Corporate Partner, WE-EF LIGHTING, are once again running their national competition, Landscape Architecture - After Dark. Held for the first time in 2018, this competition showcases the very best of landscape architectural lighting design, enabling registered landscape architects to submit their project designs to win national recognition and incredible prizes from WE-EF .

Selected by People’s Choice and an expert jury, the winning entrant will join one person from the WE-EF project team on the WE-EF THAILAND tour in early 2020, all expenses paid including flights and accommodation. All regional winners (one each in NSW/ACT, QLD/NT, VIC/TAS and SA/WA will receive a full Festival Pass to the International Festival of Landscape Architecture, flights and one night accommodation redeemable in 2019 or 2020.

Nominate a project featuring exceptional lighting design that you have designed – this must be a built project. Entries are free, unlimited and do not need to include WE-EF products! Before beginning your entry submission, read the entry conditions. Submitting an entry means that you have read and agreed to the Entry Conditions outlined, including obtaining appropriate releases and authorities in writing from clients, collaborating organisations, copyright holders for entry submission materials, licensees, photographers and where applicable, the principal/director of your organisation. Entries close midnight on 19 August 2019. 

Entries are open across four regions:
1. Queensland and Northern Territory
2. New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
3. Victoria and Tasmania
4. South Australia and Western Australia

1. Enter 
Step A: Read the Entry Information including entry guidelines

Step B: Complete the submission form via our online platform Awards Force.  This can be saved and edited at any point up into submissions closing. 

That’s it! You’ll receive confirmation of your entry and in due course, your project will be featured as part of the online gallery ready for People's Choice voting to open on 21 August 2019.

Note: You can enter multiple projects into this competition. Simply complete a separate entry for each project.

2. Share: After submissions have closed, you’ll receive details of how to promote your entry via the online gallery and encourage your networks to vote. The top 5 entries per region with the most public votes will progress to the next round – the National Jury Judging.

3. Win: See below for prize details. 

Submissions extended to Monday 19 August 2019 at midnight. Enter now.


The ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), in partnership with the National Capital Authority (NCA), Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) and the City Renewal Authority (CRA), invite design and planning professionals to explore issues pertaining to climate change through retrieving or re-inventing ‘lost connections’ in Canberra’s cultural, natural and built environments. 

The purpose of this competition is to generate ideas and ramp up the public dialogue on how Canberra can confront the seemingly intractable environmental and social impacts of climate change. Through the theme of ‘Remaking Lost Connections’ entrants are encouraged to imaginatively retell the Canberra story. Your ideas should inspire new paradigms about the role of the urban landscape in Canberra.

There will be an award of $10,000 for First Prize and $2,500 for up to two Commendations.

Key Dates
Official Registrations: Friday 5 April 2019
Registrations Close: Monday 20 May 2019
Close of Questions: Friday 24 May 2019
Close of Response to Questions: Friday 31 May 2019
Entries Close: Monday 10 June 2019
Exhibition and Workshop: Commences Monday 17 June 2019

Click here to read the full competition brief


Click here to register for the competition.

A registration number will be allocated after Registrations close on 20 May 2019.


Presented by the University of Melbourne, in partnership with Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)

This idea competition challenges professional and emerging landscape architects, urban designers, architects and planners to speculate on new park possibilities for a future Melbourne. 

This single stage competition is open to established and emerging designers (tertiary students) of the built and natural environment disciplines (i.e. landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, environmental planning and ecology, environmental engineering).

The short-listed entries will feature in ‘The Square and the Park’ exhibition to be held at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne in early October. The exhibition will be open for public viewing.

Entries open from 31 May - 1 August 2019

Click here to find out more.

Competition Guidelines

To view AILA's Guidelines for the Promotion & Conduct of Competitions please click here