Current competitions

We currently have two annual competitions, for KDF Exhibitors to take part in. The ‘Perfection in Miniature Awards’ is a competition for all LDF Exhibitors who take part in any LDF show, including the LDF online showcases. The ‘LDF Debut Award’ is for newcomers to our LIVE events only.

Both these competition run from the Christmas Show to the Summer show, with the winners being announced during the summer show in May.

More information on this competitions can be found below. If you have any questions, please contact us in at LDF HQ.


The Perfection in Miniature Awards have become an important part of our annual calendar & are always something we are very excited about. The competition returned to it usual home of the Summer Show this year & we were pleased to have so many entires from new exhibitors.

Ahmed Al Thani, a collector of miniatures & a friend of Kensington Dollshouse Festival, came up with the idea for the PIMA back in 2015. He wanted to encourage our talented makers to really push themselves & create something that usually, they wouldn’t have the need to do. Often makers get caught up with orders & commissions, which makes it hard to focus on creating something new.

Not only was Ahmed the founder of this competition but he is also the sponsor & provides an incredibly generous prize package that can be a great help to our hard working craftsmen.

Judging the competition is always hard, as there is such variety in the work that is entered, but our experienced judges are up for the challenge & there is not too much disagreement in choosing the winners. Judges for the 2022 competition were Ahmed Al Thani, Caroline Hamilton & Louise Heard (owner of Benjamin Pollocks Toyshop in Covent Garden)

As usual, all the entries were on display at the KDF Summer Show. This is an incredibly varied collection of work from our talented makers & once again the visitors to our show were able to vote for their favourite entries in the ‘People’s Choice Award’ (PCA).

The gallery below shows all entries in the 2023 Perfection in Miniature Awards & we will be posting more stories about the entries later this year.

Winners & all entries in the Perfection in Miniature Awards 2023

Umbrellas at the ready.

Laurence & Angela St Leger talk about what is needed to create mini masterpieces – Ladies knickers, Gin & a scrubbing brush (really!) The Perfection in Miniature Awards have become the highlight of our year at LDF HQ. This year…
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LDF Debut Award 2022/23

New award to celebrate & support the new talent attending the Kensington Dollshouse Festivals. 2022 was a year of discovery for us.  We have spent the past 12 months scouring our tiny world for new craftsmen, passionate about small scales…
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Perfection in Miniature Awards 2022

The winners & the runners up. The PIMA competition is always a bit of a blur for me as the judging happens on the same evening as we are setting up the Summer Show in Kensington Town Hall. It means…
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Lauras Cat – Can the Catman do?

Jeremy Smith of Catmando Miniatures tells us more about his articulated cat. We always expect something complex & unusual from Jeremy’s entry in the Perfection in Miniature Awards, but this year he supposed himself. We had to know more about…
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The Creation of Mrs Greta Boyd.

Sarah Hendry talks about the heartache & process that went in to making her extraordinary PIMA entry. I had years of frustration wanting to enter the PIMA competition but lacked the time and energy I felt was needed, I wanted…
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