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by Marisa Weich | Feb 27, 2018
For Immediate Release
21 February 2018


Chicago – The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is pleased to announce that the 2018 ILEA Esprit Awards® nominations are now open.

The ILEA Esprit Awards program is a globally recognized awards competition that highlights the exceptional professional achievements of individuals and organizations from across the ILEA membership base, representing all facets of live events.

Nominations must be submitted by 18 April 2018 to be considered. The award recipients will be announced and recognized by their peers at the annual ILEA Esprit Awards Gala during ILEA Live 2018 in Denver, Colorado, 16-18 August 2018.

Live events professionals can submit their nominations in the following categories:
  • Best Catered Event
  • Best Culinary Innovation
  • Best Corporate Event Categories
  • Best Entertainment Production Categories
  • Best Event Design/Décor Categories
  • Best Event Filmmaking
  • Best Events for Non-profit Organizations Categories
  • Best Event Logistics and Support Services
  • Best Event Photography
  • Best Event Solution
  • Best Event with a Legacy
  • Best Industry Contribution
  • Best Industry Innovation
  • Best Print Marketing/Design Collateral
  • Best Meeting/Conference Program Over $250,000 USD
  • Best Public Event
    Best Social Event Categories
  • Best Technical Production
  • Best Wedding Categories
  • Best ILEA Event Volunteer Collaboration
  • Best ILEA Team Effort Categories

“As a previous Esprit Award recipient, it has strengthened my personal brand while also earning company and client acknowledgement,” said ILEA President Ingrid Nagy, CSEP. “The opportunity to see your fellow live event professionals showcase their creative work and drive continued innovation is an unforgettable experience.”

This year's competition is open to any ILEA member in good standing, for events that occurred between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. ILEA is still accepting new members who can qualify to submit for the 2018 ILEA Esprit Awards. Learn more about membership types and dues at

About the ILEA Esprit Awards® Program
The ILEA Esprit® Awards program is a globally recognized awards competition that honors how exceptional creative event professionals improve and extend their achievements and drive continued innovation in the industry with ILEA’s Esprit Awards. For more than 20 years, the ILEA Esprit® Awards program has been one of the most
dynamic multi-disciplinary events industry awards programs, attracting an exceptional range, depth and quality of entries.

About the International Live Events Association (ILEA)
The International Live Events Association (ILEA) is a global community of thousands of creative event professionals whose skills, expertise and experience power some of the most recognized and respected live events around the world. For creative events professionals who seek deeper connections with like-minded individuals, ILEA provides
the education and collaborative networking opportunities that achieve creative experiences. For more information, visit


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