Designing to Win - Maximise Your Success In Competition


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Lead by Mark Pampling, Master Florist, World Champion

Learn How To Maximise Your Success In Competitions, from seasoned Competitor, Teacher, Judge and Student of Floral Design, Mark Pampling.

The theme for this edition of Designing to Win is Uncommon Threads.

Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
Moira M
Floral Competition Essentials

Very informative,


I am thrilled to have found Designing to Win classes. Mark is an excellent teacher, looking at the work from both a competitor's and evaluator's point of view. I learned so much watching his thorough critiquing of each design and suggestions on improvements. I would love to try this as a competitor next time. A great educational experience!

Michael C.

Mark has a unique way of looking at design and he has brought that again with this Festive Thinking 2023 short course and tutorial. What I like about his courses are he gives you suggestions of useful techniques, detailed instructions and many examples of unique completed designs for inspiration. After you’ve submitted your design Mark reviews it and gives a detailed constructive analysis about the work. He indicates what works and what improvements or other possibilities to enhance the design. Always insightful and thought provoking. In addition to this, it is so good to see how other participants interpret the brief and the amazing designs they create. It’s a great opportunity to delve into the world of floral design. Highly recommended.


This course has boosted my confidence and understanding of what is expected in good floral design. The practical, eloquent and positive feedback has been really valuable. Not only does Mark possess true natural flair and talent, but also comes with vast experience and above all, is an excellent teacher who is able to clearly share his understanding with his students.


Love the ebooks and videos. Clear instructions and illustrations. Have received today the next brooks . Looking forward to being part of this community .

What does it take to succeed in floral design competitions?

We all focus on Design, Interpretation and Workmanship when we create and especially so when competing, as that is how we gain points, and hopefully more than our competitors.

The game of Floral Design Competition has rules, and how well we play to those rules can decide the difference between a great design and the highest scoring great design.

We know succeeding in floral design competitions takes more than good design and creative interpretation.

The difference between a great entry and a high scoring great entry can come down not just to excellent design but also to how well the design plays to the rules of the game, The Marking Schedule.

You can increase your success in competitions by sharing Mark's learnings from thirty years in competitions - as a competitor, judge, mentor and competition convenor.

Designing to Win will show you how to balance your energy between interpretation, design, workmanship and the all-important marking schedule to achieve the highest placing possible in design competitions.

Learn by Doing

Join as a Designer in a simulated competition environment which we will organise for this learning event.

The theme for this iteration of Designing to Win will be Glass and Grass.

Design an item to the competition-style schedule written for this course and submit a photo of your item just as you would in an online competition.

Attend the First Design Forum (online) and hear Mark give you detailed competition-level feedback (with written notes) on your item.

Take your learnings from the forum and create a new design to the same schedule. Photograph and submit it too.

Then, in the Second Design Forum (online), hear Mark appraise your new item (again, with written notes).

See your learnings come to life as your first and second items are compared side by side. Gain detailed insights into your competing game that can only be obtained through this kind of hands-on experience.

Is your time on a budget?

Perhaps you don't have the time or energy to participate as a designer this time.

You can still join as a member of the audience and access all the included material in the Designing to Win package - just without experiencing the hands-on part of the process this time.

Join as Audience Instead

Designing to Win - Floral Competition Essentials - eBook & Video

Floral Competition Essentials is Mark Pampling's essential guide to maximising your chances of success in floral design competitions. It is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their competing game or give themselves a refresher before getting back into competing, or for floral creatives who would like to know more about the competition process.

This eBook covers a broad range of aspects of competing, including how to research competitions, analysing and interpreting the schedule, understanding the marking criteria, designing, planning and preparing for competitions, right through to tips for reviewing your competition successes and learnings.

This eBook will later be listed for $29.95 and it is included in your enrolment fee.

Designing to Win - Applied Interpretation - eBook & Video

Applied Interpretation is an eBook + video presentation giving a fully worked example of Mark’s method of approaching competition schedule interpretation. It shows you how to analyse a theme and find design solutions that answer the schedule and marking criteria.
Mark takes a competition schedule written for this course and closely examines the theme from different perspectives.

He guides you through his structured research method, identifying key aspects and examining them through the principles and elements of design, taking into account how the theme relates to any botanical matter referenced in it.

This eBook will later be listed for $29.95 and it is included in your enrolment fee.

Designing to Win - Competition Learnings - eBook & Videos

Competition Learnings is a compendium of all of the designers’ items submitted for the first and second Design Forums, with the detailed notes from Mark’s critical appraisals, highlighting, for each designer, the learnings realised from the first design to the second.
It will contain a wealth of analytical observations on design which can be of use to anyone who creates with flowers, especially so in competition.

This eBook will later be listed for $29.95. It is included in your enrolment fee, along with three months bonus access to the recordings of the two Design Forums, valued separately at $39.95.

Participation Guide

The Participation Guide is your guide to getting the most out of your participation in the Designing to Win program.

If you have questions about Designing to Win, some answers may be found in it, and you are also welcome to ask us any question directly.

Designing to Win Timetable


Tuesday 16 January

  • eBooks and instructional videos released

Friday 2 February

  • Submission #1 Due

Tuesday 6 February

  • First live design discussion

Thursday 8 February

  • Meeting notes and video released

Friday 1 March

  • Submission #2 Due (Designers)

Starting March 5th

Tuesday 5 March

  • Live design discussion

Thursday 7 March

  • Meeting notes and video released

Saturday 9 March

Join now and get immediate access to all the program so far, and the live design forum, videos and eBooks.



Course dates for 2025 are yet to be announced.


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    You can view some of the submissions and excerpted learnings from past participants in the Designing to Win Gallery.

    Mark Pampling has been designing, competing, teaching and judging for thirty years now and is as well known for his clear, linear design style as for his patient and inclusive way of sharing his knowledge.

    • 2019 Beijing World Flower Art Contest – Champion
    • 2015 Interflora World Cup, Berlin – Judge
    • 2014 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year – 1st Place
    • 9th China International Orchid Show (Sanya) – Best Creative Award
    • 2014 International Flower Contest Japan – Best in Show, Gold Award and Design Innovation Award
    • Asia Cup 2014 (Japan) – 1st Place – Surprise Table Display
    • 2013 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year – 2 Silver Awards & 1 Bronze Award
    • 2012 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year – 4th Place
    • 2012 Interflora Australia Cup – Winner
    • 2011 Interflora Australia Cup – Winner
    • Australian Competitor 10th Interflora World Cup 2004 – 3rd Place

    You can learn more about Mark here.

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    Maximise Your Success In Competition

    Lead by Mark Pampling, Master Florist, World Champion

    Learn How To Maximise Your Success In Competitions, from seasoned Competitor, Teacher, Judge and Student of Floral Design, Mark Pampling.

    Participate in a comprehensive learning package that includes two educational videos, three eBooks and two live forums.

    The program timetable and detailed information on how to participate can be found in the Participation Guide.

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