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Member Only Early Access 
OPEN NOW!

The 2024 Esprit Application is open now for members only.

Use the code EARLYBIRD for a $25 discount.

offer valid for members only through 2/29/24

What are the Esprit Awards?

The Esprit Awards are presented by the International Live Events Association (ILEA) to recognize and award the most outstanding live events in the industry each year. The 2024 Esprit Awards included 16 categories recognizing all aspects of live events, from planning to production, from design to event. The Esprit Awards program is the most inclusive and prestigious international awards program for professionals engaged in the industry of live events.

Criteria

Any individual and/or company representative in the events industry is eligible to enter the Esprit Awards competition. Entrants can submit any of their events that occurred between  January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 into the 2024 Esprit Awards competition.
Choose the category that best fits your event(s). Category-specific criteria is available below:

Have questions about the Esprits?

If you have questions, check out the FAQ page on the Esprit application website or attend our Esprit Office hours:

Every Tuesday in March at 10:00 AM EST. (Link)
Every Thursday in April at 1:00 PM EST. (Link)
Every Wednesday in May at 2:00 PM EST. (Link)

Categories

  • BEST OVERALL CORPORATE EVENT - The Best Overall Corporate Events award celebrates an exceptional gathering that exemplifies excellence in corporate event management. This distinguished event seamlessly integrates strategic planning, innovation, and flawless execution, creating a dynamic and impactful experience for attendees. It represents the pinnacle of professionalism and creativity in corporate event execution, setting a benchmark for the industry.
     

  • BEST OVERALL NONPROFIT/ASSOCIATION EVENT - The Best Overall Nonprofit/Association Event award highlights a remarkable gathering that goes beyond celebration, embodying the spirit of purpose-driven excellence. This event demonstrates outstanding planning, execution, and a commitment to the mission of the organization. It stands as a shining example of how events can effectively amplify and support the causes that matter, showcasing the ingenuity and dedication of those in the nonprofit and association event sector.
     

  • BEST OVERALL PRIVATE EVENT - The Best Overall Private Event award signifies an unparalleled celebration that epitomizes the artistry of event planning. This exclusive affair demonstrates impeccable execution, personalized touches, and a seamless flow that reflects the highest standards in private event excellence. It is a testament to the exceptional skill, creativity, and attention to detail exhibited by event professionals in creating unforgettable moments for their clients.
     

  • BEST OVERALL PUBLIC EVENT - The Best Overall Public Event award at the ILEA Esprits recognizes an extraordinary gathering that captivates the public with its innovative design, flawless execution, and immersive experiences. This event sets the standard for excellence in the realm of live experiences, showcasing the pinnacle of creativity and professionalism in the events industry.
     

  • BEST OVERALL WEDDING - The Best Overall Wedding award honors an exceptional celebration that showcases meticulous planning, impeccable execution, and a perfect blend of personal style. This event exemplifies the pinnacle of matrimonial bliss, where every detail is flawlessly curated, and the seamless orchestration reflects the expertise of a true event professional.

CATERED

The Catered category recognizes outstanding design and production of food and/or beverage for an event, or series of events.

EVENT CAPTURE

The Event Capture category recognizes outstanding capture of an event through photographs and/or video.

MARKETING CAMPAIGN

The Marketing Campaign category recognizes an outstanding event or series

of events that achieves

marketing objectives.

SCENIC DESIGN, INSTALLATION OR
EXHIBIT DESIGN

The Scenic Design, Installation or Exhibit Design category recognizes outstanding design and production of scenic/set design, temporary

installations and or exhibit

or tradeshow booths.

DESIGN/DECOR

The Design/Decor category recognizes outstanding design and production of decor elements for an event or

series of events.

INNOVATION

The Innovation category recognizes an outstanding new element or idea that elevates an event, or series of events.

MARKETING COLLATERAL

The Marketing Collateral category recognizes outstanding media material (print or digital) used to promote or provide engagement for an event

- in person, hybrid or virtual.

TECHNICAL PRODUCTION

The Technical Production category recognizes outstanding design and achievement of AV production and technology for an event or series of events.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION INTIATIVE

The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiative category recognizes an outstanding event, or series of events that Creates cultural inclusion and belonging, through workplace and/or attendee diversity, diversity intelligence & vendor/supplier diversity.

LOGISTICS

The Logistics category recognizes outstanding problem solving for complex logistical challenges required to execute an event, event element, or series of events.

MULTI-DAY

The Multi-Day category recognizes an outstanding event spanning the course of more than one day with set up and breakdown days are

not included.

VIRTUAL

The Virtual category recognizes an outstanding event or series of events for a 100% virtual audience who are able to participate in real time.

ENTERTAINER/
ENTERTAINMENT

The Entertainer/Entertainment category recognizes an outstanding entertainer or entertainment production for an event or series of events.

MAKES AN IMPACT
/GIVES BACK

The Makes an Impact/Gives Back category recognizes the positive social, environmental, or cultural impact of an event or series of events.

PLANNING

The Planning category recognizes outstanding achievement in planning

for live event.

2023 Winners

CATERED

Foodz Catering for a Wedding

Lago Custom Events for a Public Event

Thomas Caterers of Distinction for a Corporate Event

 

DESIGN/DECOR 

BeEvents for a Association/Non-profit Event

Bright Ideas Events for a Corporate Event

R5 Event Design Inc. for a Private Individual Event

Sterler Productions for a Wedding

TK Events for a Public Event

 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION INTIATIVE

MRG Events Ltd. for a Public Event

Silhouette Group for a Association/Non-profit Event

 

ENTERTAINER/ENTERTAINMENT

Hala Events & Communications Inc. for a

Association/Non-profit Event

Hala Events & Communications Inc. for a Public Event

Lenny Talarico Events for a Corporate Event

VEGAs Event Group for a Private Individual Event

 

EVENT CAPTURE

Ata-Girl Photography Co. LLC for a Wedding

IndyVisual for a Corporate Event

Sonoma County Vintners for a Public Event

 

INNOVATION

Wolters Kluwer for a Corporate Event

 

LOGISTICS

Encore Canada for a Public Event

Morgan Events for a Wedding

Silhouette Group for a Private Individual Event

Tolo Events for a Association/Non-profit Event

Tycoon Events for a Corporate Event

 

MAKES AN IMPACT/GIVES BACK

Atelier Events for a Private Individual Event

Encore Canada for a Public Event

Liberty & Company for a Association/Non-profit Event

Wolters Kluwer for a Corporate Event

 

MARKETING CAMPAIGN

Citizen Relations LP for a Public Event

 

MARKETING COLLATERAL

Aly Am Paperie for a Association/Non-profit Event

 

MULTI-DAY

CSI DMC for a Association/Non-profit Event

Encore Canada for a Public Event

Sequence Events for a Corporate Event

Silhouette Group for a Private Individual Event

Silhouette Group for a Wedding

 

PLANNING

Haute for a Association/Non-profit Event

Hello Destination Management for a Corporate Event

MOV Tours for a Public Event

Morgan Events for a Wedding

Wilkinson Rhodes for a Private Individual Event

 

SCENIC DESIGN, INSTALLATION OR EXHIBIT DESIGN

Bright Ideas Events for a Corporate Event

Greenscape Design & Decor for a Public Event

 

TECHNICAL PRODUCTION

AV Chicago for a Private Individual Event

Go2 Productions for a Public Event

Hello Destination Management for a Corporate Event

 

VIRTUAL

Athabasca University for a Private Individual Event

TK Events for a Corporate Event

Applications open to the public on March 1, 2024.

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