MBNA Awards Programs

MBNAspire Awards

MBNA’s Aspire Awards were created to recognize monument builder companies that have drawn favorable attention to their companies, and in turn, to the industry through their specialized marketing and/or public relations campaigns.

Up to three (3) winners will be awarded the granite MBNAspire Award. Honorable mention entries will receive a certificate of merit. All winning entries will be featured in MBNews.

Any publicity you’ve received during the contest year (November 1, 2019 through November 1, 2020) is eligible. This includes coverage by print, broadcast and/or social media of new acquisitions, company anniversaries, testimonial letters, etc. – in short, any recognition that reflects favorably on your company and the industry!

2021 Aspire to Success Contest!

Aspire to Success History

MBNA Design Contest

Each year, MBNA members from across North America submit their best works for the MBNA Design Contest. The projects are judged by a group of monument industry professionals who evaluate elements of proportion, balance, and the story the monument conveys. This is your company’s opportunity to promote and showcase its work in front of your industry peers and potential customers!

All MBNA Retailer members are eligible to enter the 2021 Design Contest. All entries are finished monuments that fall into one of nine categories: 

  •  Small Monument
  •  Large Monument
  •  Flat Marker
  •  Cremation Memorial
  •  Sculpture
  •  Etched Memorial
  •  Public/Civic Monument
  •  Conceptual Memorial, and
  •  Garden Art/Non-Cemetery Memorial

All entries are also eligible for the People’s Choice Award. First and second place winners from each category will be eligible for the Bert Gast Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the entry selected as the “best in show.”

All designs must originate from a MBNA member firm. Entries must include a high-res electronic image (.jpeg of 300 dpi or higher) and be accompanied by a completed entry form.

2021 MBNA Design Contest!

MBNA Design History