ILEA Denver Excellence Awards (IDEA)

 

What are the ILEA Denver Excellence Awards (IDEA)?
The IDEAs program is designed to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts, performance and outstanding contributions of ILEA members in the special events industry.  Winners to be recognized at the 8th Annual Awards Gala on June 20, 2017.

Who can enter the awards?
Any ILEA member in good standing on or before April 30th, 2017 is eligible to enter.

What are the categories? 

Best Catered Event

The best catered event category honors culinary excellence in catering: either on or off-premise. Eligible entrants include caterers, specialty bakeries, restaurants, facility operators, hotels, or any other entity that provides food and beverage to an event

Best Culinary Innovation

The best culinary innovation is awarded to ILEA members who provided a unique culinary technique, product or presentation for an event.

Best Event Filmmaking

This category honors excellence in event videography. Eligible entrants are videographers or producers (video and/or photography companies) who produced a video(s) for an event or business-related purpose(s)

Best Event Photography

This category honors excellence in event photography. Eligible entrants are photographers or producers (photography and/or video companies) who produced photograph(s) for an event or business-related purpose(s).

Best Digital Marketing/Design Collateral

The best digital marketing/design collateral category honors excellence in the creation and execution of online/web marketing and design collateral for an event. Eligible entrants include producers and designers of event marketing collateral. Eligible collateral includes advertisements, social media campaigns, websites, e-invitations, media lounges etc.

Best Print Marketing/Design Collateral

The best print marketing/design collateral category honors excellence in the creation and execution of marketing and design materials for an event. Eligible entrants include producers and designers of event marketing collateral. Eligible collateral includes advertising, promotional pieces, invitations, event signage, etc.

Best Industry Contribution

The best industry contribution category honors an event professional whose event, service, or product impacted the growth and prestige of the live events industry. The contribution may be an article, a speech, a product, a book, a program or an event. This is not a lifetime achievement award. (Note: this is the only category where names and companies/logos are permitted.)

Best Industry Innovation

The best industry innovation category honors an event professional that created a new, different, or innovative product, concept, trend, or service. The innovation must have been introduced, redesigned or developed in 2016.

Best Event Logistics and Support Services

This category honors excellence in logistics and event support services. Eligible entrants include but are not limited to tenting, transportation, crowd control, risk management, and/or other specialty services.

Best Event Solution

The best event solution honors an event professional that has met and overcome significant or unique event challenges such as unusual or difficult client demands, locations, logistics and/or time frames in the planning, production or execution of an event. Limited budgets do not qualify as an award worthy challenge. This category must refer to an event and not a product.

Best Technical Production

This category honors excellence in special event technical, design or execution services. Eligible items include but are not limited to lighting, audio visual, multi-media, staging and special effects.

Best Event Design/Décor

The best event design/décor categories recognize excellence in event design. The event design/décor categories are open to any event professional whose products or services contribute to the look and feel of an event. Design/décor products or services include, but are not limited to theme décor, floral/plant design, props, scenery, display design, draping, furniture, linens, rentals, lighting, etc.

Best Entertainment Production

The best entertainment production categories honor excellence in entertainment production for an event. Eligible entrants include entertainment producers, choreographers, event professionals or event entertainment performers.

Best Corporate Event

The best corporate event categories honor excellence in the planning and execution of a corporate event. Events entered in corporate categories may not be cross entered in social, non-profit or wedding categories. Eligible entrants include corporate event planning professionals, facility or venue managers, producers and managers of events, destination management companies or other entities that provide planning services for corporations.

Events in this category may include, but are not limited to, general session opener, award ceremonies, company celebrations, employee or client appreciation celebrations, etc.

Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization

The best event for a non-profit organization categories are open to event professionals and other entities that provide not for profit event and development planning services. Events in this category may include but are not limited to, fundraisers, association and donor events. Events entered in this category may not be cross entered in corporate, social or wedding categories.

Best Event with a Legacy

The best event with a legacy category honors events that create long-term value for a community or cause. This event must occur annually or bi-annually and have a history of more than five years. Events may include but are not limited to benefits, charitable fundraising events, and/or ceremonies. Note this category is only for events. Events not eligible include dedications, groundbreakings, and ribbon cuttings.

Best Social Event (non-wedding)

These categories recognize excellence in planning private occasions. Eligible entrants include consultants, event professionals, facility or venue managers, or other entities that provide social event experiences. Events in this category include but are not limited to bar/bat mitzvahs, personal celebrations, milestone birthdays, etc.

Note: weddings are not eligible in this category; see best wedding category. Events entered in social categories may not be cross entered in corporate, non-profit or wedding categories.

Best Public Event

This category honors excellence in planning and implementing public events. Eligible entrants include public event planning professionals or other entities that provide these types of public event services. Events in this category may include but are not limited to street fairs, festivals, tradeshows, concerts, sporting events.

Best Wedding

This category recognizes excellence in wedding planning services. Eligible entrants include wedding planning professionals, consultants, event professionals, facility or venue managers, or other entities that provide wedding planning services. Events in this category are limited to weddings only.

Note: Events entered in wedding categories may not be cross entered in corporate, non-profit or social categories.

Best Meeting/Conference Program

This category honors excellence in meeting/conference programs. Eligible entrants include meeting and conference planning professionals, destination management companies or other entities that provide these types of meeting/conference services for single or multi-day programs.

**The entry should include both a meeting and special event component.

Best ILEA Event Volunteer Collaboration

This category recognizes a team of ILEA event volunteers who collaborated together to produce and manage a member, chapter, regional, or international ILEA event. This category is for ILEA events only! A minimum of two ILEA members are needed to qualify for this category. Only one online entry is allowed for each event. A team leader must be chosen and is responsible for the team’s entry. A designated team leader should collect team member responses and submit the entry.

Best ILEA Team Effort

These categories honor a team of ILEA event professionals who successfully worked together to produce a non-ILEA event in 2016. All ILEA related events must be entered into the Best ILEA Event Volunteer Collaboration category. A minimum of three or more ILEA members are needed to qualify for this category. Only one online entry is allowed for each event. A team leader must be chosen and is responsible for the team’s entry. A designated team leader should collect team member responses and submit the entry.

Why should I enter?
By entering the IDEAs competition, you showcase your caliber of work.  Entries are judged by industry peers and the awards reflect your talent and help your company stand apart from the competition. IDEAs demonstrate to your clients the exceptional quality that you and your company have achieved.

Who judges the Awards?
In order to maintain fairness in the judging, the IDEAs are submitted anonymously. They are judged by an ILEA Chapter with no affiliations to our Denver Chapter. Scores are returned to ILEA Denver and totaled to determine winners in each award category.

How do I enter?
Be sure to follow all of the rules and submit your entry by the noted deadline. All entries must be for events that occurred between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.  Deadline is April 30, 2017 and must be accompanied by a fee of $60.00 per entry. We will stop accepting applications after April 30, 2017. 

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What are the most common reasons for disqualification?
If you follow the step-by-step instructions and category-specific guidelines, your entry will be valid. Most common mistakes include: mentioning entrant’s name, company name, or company logo in the entry or in collateral materials; incomplete budgets; excess collateral material; and missing material or information.

Where and when are the IDEAs presented?
ILEA Denver will recognize the outstanding accomplishments of ILEA event professionals at the 2017 Annual Dinner and Awards Gala on June 20, 2017. Formal invitation to follow.

What if I have questions?
Please read the Call for Entries thoroughly, but should you have any questions, please contact info@ileadenver.com.

Step 1: Choose a Category

Step 2: Complete Your Entry Submission

  • Complete the online entry form for each entry (enter here)

Step 3: Begin Assembling Your Entry/ies

  • ALL names, company names, and logos must be removed from the entry, including the collateral pieces.

Step 4: Compose Entry Preview

  • 100 words (or less) overview.

Step 5: Complete All CATEGORY SPECIFIC Sections

Step 6: Submitting Your Entry

  • Entries Due: The DEADLINE for submissions is ON or BEFORE midnight on Sunday, April 30th, 2017.
  • Awards will be presented at the ILEA Denver Annual Dinner and Awards Gala on June 20, 2017.
  • Questions can be directed to info@ileadenver.com.

Before submitting your entry, please be sure that you have met all of the following criteria:

  • The following criteria are used to judge entries and ensure fairness in judging. Failure to follow directions will result in disqualification!
  • NOTE: This checklist is only a reminder of the rules – more complete information about these rules can be found in the submission requirements portion of the call for entries.

General Entry Requirements 

  • The event took place between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Events that were conducted after December 31, 2016 are eligible for next year’s competition.
  • You are an ILEA member in good standing as of April 30, 2017.

Entries – General

  • Each entry submitted via ILEA Denver Website. 
  • Your name, company name, and company logo have been removed from the entry. 

Collateral 

  • All requested collateral pieces are included.
  • Please remember that ALL names, company names, and logos must be removed from the entry, including the collateral pieces. 
  • The entry does not include more than the allowed collateral pieces.  

Payment