How to submit supporting materials
Supporting materials: Due to Consulting-Specifying Engineer by Feb. 12, 2016 (11:59 p.m. PT).
NO EXTENSIONS. You may NOT e-mail or mail materials; all submissions are to be made using the online submission form. You will receive a unique link to the online submission form upon completion of the nomination form. Include the nominee's first name, last name, and company name in all file names to reduce the risk of error.
Supporting materials should make it easy for judges to see why your nominee is a standout. Incomplete nominations will be rejected and will not be considered in this program.
Below are the 10 types of supporting materials needed to complete your nomination. You may return to the upload form as many times as needed to submit all of the information, just be sure to click the final Submit button each time in order to save your uploaded materials. For items 1-9, you will be asked to upload one or more PDF, DOC, DOCX, or TXT files; for item 10 you will be asked to upload one (1) JPG or TIF file. Items 1, 2, 6, 9, and 10 are required for complete submission.
- Nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae (CV). One (1) DOC, DOCX, PDF or TXT file, up to 1 MB in size.
- A brief description (500 to 1,000 words) of the nominee. One (1) DOC, DOCX, PDF or TXT file, up to 1 MB in size. This should touch on how the nominee stands out in some or all of the following areas:
- Academic training (degrees earned, license, etc.)
- Client relations
- Community service
- Leadership skills
- "People" skills/mentoring ability
- Personal integrity
- Professional service (with professional societies, organizations, educational events, etc.)
- Public speaking/presentation skills
- Sustained career progress
- Technical skills
- Work/life balance
Hand the camera to a friend or family member!
Here are some basic tips for him or her. Don’t work too hard to position your subject. The goal is for him or her to relax and fall into a natural pose. Try shooting in your subject’s favorite place, or at least a comfortable place. Keep the background simple to avoid distracting elements, but make it relevant to the portrayal of your subject. Pay particular attention to the angle of the head. In a portrait, a head can easily look awkward. Meaningful props, like a trophy, a musical instrument, or even a fish, can add interest as long as it’s photographed carefully.
Take candid pictures
Ignore the impulse to force your subjects to always pose staring at the camera. Variety is important. Take candid pictures to show them working, playing, leaning against a banister chatting, or relaxing.
Fill the camera’s viewfinder or LCD display with your subject to create pictures with greater impact. Step in close or use your camera’s zoom to emphasize what is important and exclude the rest. Check the manual for your camera’s closest focusing distance.
Use natural light
Cloudy, overcast days provide the best lighting for pictures of people. Bright sun makes people squint, and it throws harsh shadows on their faces. Indoors, try turning off the flash and use the light coming in from a window. Remove sunglasses or other items that shade the face.
Avoid harsh shadows
Avoid harsh facial shadows by using the soft lighting of a cloudy day or a shady area. On sunny days, if your camera has several flash modes, select Fill-Flash. This will fire the flash even in bright sunlight. This “fills” the shadows on nearby subjects, creating more flattering portraits in direct sunlight. Check your camera’s manual.
Avoid extra people
Ensure that other people are not in the photo; focus on the winner only. Avoid awkward “extra” hands or arms from unseen people. Children cannot be in the photograph.