APSP’s Awards of Excellence has a simple goal: To recognize the best and most beautiful in the pool building industry. Each year, top builders across the globe submit their best work for consideration, and the competition is steep, with hundreds of submission for the judges to comb through.

And ladies and gentlemen, we have the winners.

All month long on AQUA, we’ll reveal the 2016 AOE honorees. You’ll find a wide breadth of talent in these images, from skilled vanishing edges and elegant freeforms to jaw-dropping lighting and feats of technical innovation.

Below, we kick things off with this year’s bronze winners. Click on the image below to see a slideshow with credits for each project.