ILEA Is Now Accepting Submissions for the 2021 ILEA Esprit Awards

2021 ILEA Esprit Awards are open to our entire events community!

Submissions are due Monday, March 15, 2021

*Late submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at an increased rate.

Showcase your most successful, engaging, innovative events and initiatives from 2020 with an International Live Events Association (ILEA) Esprit Award. The ILEA Esprit Awards program, powered by CORT Events recognizes exceptional individual and organizational achievements in the events industry.


New this year, ILEA has opened the ILEA Esprit Awards program to our entire community of events professionals and events industry organizations. There are also 5 new awards categories to honor unique accomplishments in 2020, which was an unprecedented year for the events industry.

New ILEA Esprit Awards Categories Include:

The ILEA Esprit Awards include 34 different categories that honor events of varying types, budgets, and production elements. 

If you produced a wedding, social, corporate, nonprofit, or other event or initiative in 2020 — this is the premier awards program for you. Be recognized and honored for your outstanding work and extraordinary accomplishments. Explore all the categories and their descriptions below.



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Submission Preparation:

To help you select the appropriate category for your entry, ILEA has created a comprehensive Entrant Reference Guide. This guide contains specific information about each category, including what judges will be reviewing in the submissions. Categories and Criteria also has detailed information on each category.


Before you build your submission, it is highly recommended that you review the 2021 Disqualification Guide to learn what is not acceptable, and to ensure your submission is violation-free.


How to Submit:

ILEA has created an easy-to-follow 2021 Entry Guide that takes you step-by-step through the submission process. The process can be broken down into the following steps:

  1. Review the Categories and Prepare Your Entry
  2. Access the ILEA Esprit Awards Platform, hosted by Omni Solutions Group, Inc.
  3. Enter Your Award Submission
  4. Review Your Award Submission 
  5. Submit Your Awards Entry 

You can learn more about each step through our Guidelines. Watch the video below that provides a walkthrough of how to enter your ILEA Esprit Awards submission.



Once you have explored the new categories and reviewed each ILEA Esprit Award submission guide, you are prepared to build and submit your entries. Click below to begin your ILEA Esprit Awards submission process.



Entry Fee: $200 USD per submission 
ILEA Member Rate: $100 USD per submission
Late Fee: $50 per submission (between March 16-March 31)


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Save the date for the 2021 ILEA Esprit Awards Celebration on
Wednesday, August 11, 2021.