Categories & Criteria
The ILEA Esprit Award categories are extensively reviewed and updated each year to ensure the most relevant elements of events and the creative events industry are captured. The Awards program offers 36 diverse categories for events professionals.
Single Entry: An entry type for a current ILEA member. Single entries can be submitted into any Esprit category except the Best ILEA Event Volunteer Collaboration and Best ILEA Team Effort Categories.
Team Entry: A team entry consists of two (2) or more ILEA team members who participated in planning and executing an event. Team entries of two (2) ILEA members can be submitted into any Esprit category with the exception of Best ILEA Event Volunteer Collaboration and Best ILEA Team Effort Categories.
Entries must contain three (3) or more ILEA team members for the Best ILEA Event Volunteer Collaboration and Best ILEA Team Effort Categories. Each ILEA entrant must pay the $100.00 USD (or $150.00 late submission) entry fee.
For more details, download the 2019 Entry Guide.
Any category name that includes a monetary element will require a budget. A budget template for each category is available in the ILEA Esprit Awards online portal. The template must be used in the Esprit Awards submission.
All entrants must be ILEA members in good standing (Current ILEA members). ILEA members can submit any of their events that occurred between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 into the 2019 ILEA Esprit Awards competition. Choose the category that best fits your event(s). Category-specific criteria is available by clicking on any of the categories below:
BEST CATERED EVENT
BEST CULINARY INNOVATION
BEST EVENT FILMMAKING (VIDEOGRAPHY)
BEST EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY
BEST DIGITAL MARKETING/DESIGN COLLATERAL
BEST PRINT MARKETING/DESIGN COLLATERAL
BEST INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTION
BEST INDUSTRY INNOVATION
BEST EVENT LOGISTICS AND SUPPORT SERVICES
BEST EVENT SOLUTION
BEST TECHNICAL PRODUCTION
BEST EVENT DESIGN/DÉCOR
BEST ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION
BEST CORPORATE EVENT
BEST EVENT FOR A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
BEST EVENT WITH A LEGACY
BEST PUBLIC EVENT
BEST SOCIAL EVENT (NON-WEDDING)
BEST MEETING/CONFERENCE PROGRAM
BEST ILEA EVENT VOLUNTEER COLLABORATION