Finalists for the first-ever Etsy Design Awards were announced this week and there are 23 Canadian designers in the running! The Canadian creators who made the shortlist of finalists were selected from thousands of entries from Etsy sellers around the world. The winners of the competition stand to earn almost CA$20,000 and will be announced next month.\nThe "Etsies" are a global competition striving to recognize creators across the world. Finalists will be judged on the creativity, utility, quality, and "wow" factor of their creations and the 23 Canadians are finalists in all five categories of the awards, which are:\nInventive decor\nSignature style\nEarth-friendly\nFestive celebrations\nCreative collaborations\n"Our mission is to keep commerce human, and we're committed to using the power of business to strengthen communities and empower people," the brand said in a press release.\nView this post on Instagram 🙋🏻♀️🙌🏻 On est tellement excité de vous annoncer que Collage est finaliste au Etsy Design Awards 2019, une compétition des meilleurs produits créatifs à travers le monde! 🌎✨🙌🏻 Le pot à plantes rond de la collection BRUT a été sélectionné dans la catégorie « Inventive Decor ». Je me sens vraiment honorée d’être une des représentantes de Québec pour le Grand Prix.🏆 Merci ma belle Montréal pour être ma muse d’inspiration et merci à vous tous de me suivre dans l’aventure Collage ✨❤️ #EtsyDesignAwards ——————————— Excited to announce that we are finalist in the 2019 Etsy Design Awards! #TheEtsies 🌎 Our product, the round planter from the BRUT collection has been selected an Etsy Design Award “Inventive Decor” category finalist! So excited to be part of #TheEtsies celebration of the best of Etsy from around the globe 🙌🏻✨❤️ . . . . #etsymtl #etsyca #etsyseller #faitamtl #faitalamain #faitauquebec #faitauqc #faitaquebec #achatlocalqc #achatlocal #achatlocalmtl #buylocal #handmademtl #brutalism #interiordesigner #interiordesignmontreal #designdinterieur #theetsies #etsydesignawards A post shared by Collage Crafting (@collagecrafting) on Aug 1, 2019 at 5:38am PDT\nThe awards have a grand prize of US$15,000, which is equivalent to almost CA$20,000, along with five category-specific prizes to be given out.\nThe Etsy Design Awards finalists have been announced! Discover the 2019 global shortlist, including 23 Canadian Etsy sellers: https://t.co/7zLiF8xdW8— Etsy Canada (@EtsyCA) August 1, 2019\nFinalist Collage Crafting, based in Montreal and nominated in the inventive decor category, said on Instagram they are "so excited to be part of #TheEtsies celebration of the best of Etsy from around the globe."\nView this post on Instagram I'm so excited to announce that I'm a finalist in the Etsy Design Awards! 🎉🎉🎉 Etsy is the platform I used to start my business 6 years ago. Since then I've been able do Etsy craft shows, go to Etsy meet ups, and even teach a few Etsy workshops. ✂️ Etsy has given my business so much support over the years and allowed me to meet to so many amazing makers! It's an honor to be in such great company. ☺️ Fingers crossed that my Monogram Passport Wallet wins the Creative Collaborations Category. #TheEtsies A post shared by Fitzy (@fitzydesign) on Aug 1, 2019 at 7:12am PDT\n"I'm very honoured to be chosen from all the incredible shops out there," said Brook Drabot, a finalist in the earth-friendly category, on Instagram.\nRobin Fitzsimons, FitzyDesign on Etsy, said on Instagram that Etsy is where she started her business six years ago and she hopes her creation will win the creative collaborations category.\n"Etsy has given my business so much support over the years and allowed me to meet to so many amazing makers! It's an honour to be in such great company," she said.\nView this post on Instagram We're just slightly excited to be announced as a finalist representing Canada for the @etsy Global Design awards! Winners will be announced in September, and judges include @mrjoezee and @instadanjlevy (two of my favourite Canadians - duh! ) Special, special thanks to my amazing team @stonesewn, @yung_trunkz, @oliv.erose, @on_offloom, @steez_louise, @johnstonfosterart, @katierober.ts who bring my drawings to life on beautifully made garments. There's no better way for us to celebrate our almost 10 year birthday. Thank you so much to every one of you for the support and love you've shown for our handmade fashion over the years. Thank you @etsy for recognizing us among so many talented makers. We are so honoured and excited to represent Halifax and sustainable fashion. ❤️ #handprinted #handmade #thiefandbandit #etsy #theetsies A post shared by Thief&Bandit (@thiefandbandit) on Aug 1, 2019 at 8:24am PDT\n"We connect millions of buyers and sellers from nearly every country in the world," Etsy said.\nThe finalists will be judged by a panel of entrepreneurs and tastemakers from around the world including favourite Canadian son and "Schitt's Creek" star, Dan Levy.\nThe winners will be announced in September 2019.