Following a hugely successful CEDIA Awards - where nine of the winning projects featured Crestron kit and Crestron was voted trade supplier of the year - the company's attention now turns to its own residential award scheme: The Crestron Residential Integration Awards 2013.

The Crestron Integration Awards celebrate the achievements of the integrators, designers, and partners that have embraced Crestron solutions for residential projects. The Integration Awards will honour the year's most spectacular and innovative system designs in eight distinct categories, including: Best Integrated Home System; Brilliant Lighting Control and Design and best Marine Installation, amongst others. So with just under two months until the deadline* it's time to start completing entry forms, taking photos and making video tours of your flagship Crestron installations!

Over the next few weeks Crestron will be releasing more information on the expert panel of judges it has lined up plus a new, exciting home for the awards presentation. The winning entries will each be featured in the Crestron PR campaign and past winners have enjoyed increased coverage in both trade and consumer media, including Home Cinema Choice, Homes and Interiors and leading dailies such as The Metro, Times and Sunday Times supplements.

"Our Crestron Integration Awards showcase the very best in the industry and we are excited to see this year's projects," said Robin van Meeuwen, Vice President at Crestron International. "It's inspiring to see how our integrators across Europe are developing our products in real-life situations, creating truly amazing and unique systems."

The deadline for entries is 31 August 2013. Due to a high demand from EMEA integrators, Crestron has decided to include a "Best International Crestron Home" category this year.

To be eligible for the 2013 Crestron Residential Integration Awards, projects must have been completed between 1 June 2012 and 31 May 2013 and the categories are…

*Best Integrated Home System (best use of Crestron Total Home Technology)

*Most Distinctive Digital Media™ Installation (great project featuring this new technology)

*Brilliant Lighting Control and Design (Crestron lighting applications)

*Best High Rise Living (apartment, loft or studio integrations)

*Best Marine Project (yacht)

*Best International Crestron Home (international property, outside of UK, (Open for EMEA integrators!)

*Most Creative GUI (open to programmers & CAIPs - inspiring programming!)

To enter the awards, you must be an authorised Crestron dealer. For an entry form please contact Ash at Wildwood PR (01293 851115/

*Deadline for entries is 31 August 2013

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