Innovation Awards

The NAUMD's Innovation Awards maintains the tradition of recognizing excellence within the industry.  Submissions for the 2020 awards must be received by March 23, 2020.  The winners are revealed at the convention during the Awards Dinner on April 28, 2020.  

The Innovation Award categories are:

  1. Best Fabric Innovation

  2. Best Footwear Innovation

  3. Best Badge or Emblem Design

  4. Best Garment Innovation – Comfort

  5. Best Garment Innovation – Function

  6. Best Public Safety Product Innovation


Eligibility Rules:

  • The Innovation Awards are open to all companies in the Image Apparel, Uniform Industry and Public  Safety Suppliers to assure we are recognizing excellence in our industry.

  • All nominated programs MUST have a representative present to accept the Award in order to win, no exceptions. Not having a representative will disqualify the program and the runner-up will receive the Award.

  • The innovation must have been opened for sale between January 1, 2019 and December, 2019 in North America.

  • An innovation may be entered into more than one category, but an innovation can only win in one category each year.


  • The Entry Form with all questions answered is required in order for the submission to be judged. Photographs or drawing must accompany the Entry Form. The artwork should include pictures of all the uniform versions. We suggest close up pictures of the individual uniforms. 

  • Only information provided on-line, through the entry form will be considered by the judges.  All questions must be answered and a maximum of 5 photographs submitted.

  • The NAUMD must receive all entries no later than March 23, 2020. Entries will be judged and the winners notified by email.

  • NAUMD retains the right to use all photographs in publicity and future promotion materials.

Judging Criteria

The Innovation Awards are judged on a 100 point system.  Each category will have a point maximum.  All submissions will be electronically submitted.  The submission consists of up to seven photographs of the uniform program and answers to a series of questions.  This is the only information that may be used in judging each submission.  Judges will score submissions in three categories.

  1. Originality: Judge the relative uniqueness and quality of either the design or innovation.  Consider any research or development that went into the creation.    Maximum Value 45 Points
  2. Technology: Does the design or innovation incorporate any new technology? Maximum Value 35 Points.
  3. Importance of the problem solved: Relative to other submissions how important is the problem solved or the improvement made with this innovation or design?  Maximum Value 20 Points