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 opportunity to promote and showcase your work in front of your industry peers and potential customers!

All MBNA Retailer members in good standing are invited to submit entries. All entries must be finished monuments that fall into one of the nine categories:

  • Small Monuments (tablet size 3’ or less in width and height)
  • Large Monuments (tablet size over 3’ in width and/or height)
  • Flat Marker
  • Cremation Memorial
  • Sculpture
  • Etched Memorial
  • Public/Civic Monument
  • Conceptual Memorial
  • Garden Art/Non-Cemetery Memorial

Winners in all categories will receive an award suitable for display. First and second place winners of each category will be eligible for the Bert Gast Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to one entry that is considered the “best in show.” In addition, a People’s Choice Award will be voted on by MBNA members!

All entries will be recognized at the 2021 Virtual Industry Show, February 23–26, 2021. In addition, entries are featured each month in issues of MBNews magazine.

All designs must originate from an MBNA Retailer member firm. Entries must include a high-res (300 dpi or more) image and be accompanied by a completed entry form. Contest judges will look at elements of proportion, balance, and the story the monument conveys when judging entries.

Be sure to prepare any relevant information and documents prior to applying; such as type/color of stone, overall height and width, detailed description of the design, as well as photos of the design.

Deadline for all entries is December 31 2020.