Dulux Trade will recognise excellent decorating work as part of its new Champions of Colour competition, which launched this month

Dulux Trade will recognise excellent decorating work as part of its new Champions of Colour competition, which launched this month. The contest - which started on 9 September - will run until 9 December, and will look for six of the best decorators in the country. The winners will have their work celebrated and receive a number of prizes, including a weekend break to Amsterdam. 

The competition will highlight exceptional decorating work from across the industry, and will offer tradesmen the chance to display their work and showcase their skills. Entrants will have their work judged based on their use of space, the techniques they used, and how well they incorporated colour. The judges will also look for individuals who have used their skills in order to help their customers achieve their goals, as well as those who have surpassed expectations and completed a first-class project. 

Dulux Trade will celebrate the work that happens every day in the decorating industry and will showcase the specialists who have gone above and beyond to get the job done to the highest standards. The event will also look at how colour can impact a project, as well as the skill and determination used by tradesmen. 

It's not just decorators who can submit their work; architects who have completed an outstanding project can apply too. Submissions will need to be made on the Dulux Trade Masters Series website, where individuals will need to upload two or more photographs of their project, as well as an outline of the work they have completed. Six 'masters' will be chosen from around the country, and their work will then be photographed by a professional and promoted nationally on Dulux Trade's website and social media pages. 

The six winners of the competition will win a weekend for two in Amsterdam, which is the home of AkzoNobel - Dulux's parent company. Other prizes include an invitation to join the company's product testing panel, a special logo that will be included in marketing material, and exposure at a national and regional level.

This is not the first time that Dulux has rewarded excellence in the industry. In July, Jordan Jeffers won the Dulux Decorator Centre's Student Decorator of the Year competition. He battled with ten other students from across the country to secure the prize, which was awarded at Edinburgh College. The event tested attention to brushwork, painting, and decorating, and featured a £1,000 cash prize, as well as various tools and products from sponsors. 

Applications open for Student Decorator of the Year 2016 in December. Applicants will need to be full-time or part-time students, between the ages of 17 and 27, and studying for a level two or level three decorating or painting qualification.