Best Technical Support for an Event

This category only applies to technical event production support. It includes elements such as achievement in rigging, staging, AV support, sound design, power distribution, etc. It does not mirror the logistics category.

Judging Criteria:

  • Design/Planning Challenges
  • Meeting Objectives
  • Degree of Complexity
  • Creative Solutions
  • Overall Design

Best Audio Visual Design for an Event

Must be entered by the company directly responsible for the AV design and installation. Can be a joint project between producer and support team.

Judging Criteria:

  • AV Design
  • Meeting Objectives
  • Degree of Complexity
  • Creative Solutions
  • Logistical Challenges
  • Overall Visual Impact

Best Event Produced by a Venue (in-house venue team)

Entrants must work for the company being entered. Must show proof of production elements, include budget and a reference letter from a superior proving event was successful. Entry must include a budget. Video submissions are recommended but not mandatory.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Challenges Overcome
  • Planning Logistics
  • Budget Allocation
  • Design
  • Entertainment Value
  • Meeting Objectives
  • Overall Strategy
  • Impact

Best Event Planned for Private Individual/Group/Cause

This refers to an event such as birthday event, private social event, engagement, sweet sixteen, anniversary etc or for a small business or group such as s club. Entry must include a budget. Video submissions are recommended but not mandatory.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Challenges Overcome
  • Planning Logistics
  • Budget Allocation
  • Design
  • Entertainment Value
  • Meeting Objectives
  • Overall Strategy
  • Impact

Best Fundraising Event

Refers to the entire production, including the dollars raised and media exposure generated. Include cost summaries, objectives, marketing materials and event plan as well as proof of targets reached.

Judging Criteria:

  • Logistics Involved
  • Creativity
  • Use of Budget
  • Overall Design
  • Success in Fundraising
  • Success in Profiling the Charity
  • Media Exposure
  • Creativity in Marketing

Best Public Event/ Carnival, Fair or Festival

Refers to events produced for a specific city, district, province, community or public celebration. Corporate OWNED festivals or events must have been open to the public. Include event budgets, marketing materials (if applicable) and proof of production elements. Show risk management and identify how logistical needs for attendees and event were met. The event must be open to the public. Proof of the entertainment value, public event issues such as security, visibility, family facilities (if applicable) must be included. Video submissions are recommended but not mandatory.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Budget
  • Impact
  • Overall Entertainment Value
  • Programming
  • Risk Management
  • Attendee Engagement
  • Logistics

Best Entertainment Production

Refers to the entertainment element of an event, not the event itself. Video footage MUST be included with all entries. Budget required.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creative Programming
  • Impact on Audience
  • Wow Factor
  • Entertainment Values
  • Suitability
  • Budget Allocation

Outstanding Logistical Achievement

Refers to the level of logistical challenges and the degree of complex solutions required to execute an event or element of an event. Please state objectives and challenges clearly and explain how these were successfully overcome.

Judging Criteria:

  • Complexity
  • Creative Solutions
  • Problem Solving
  • Meeting Objectives
  • Logistics Strategy

Best Conference

Must include a full description of the entire program, including all functions. Include the audience, goals and objectives including how those were reached. Demonstrate the mission statement for the conference and identify key elements of production including (if applicable): housing, transportation, events, program, collateral material (if you produced it), logistical challenges, scheduling, and programming. Budget required. Include metrics when possible.

Judging Criteria:

  • Programming
  • Achievement of Defined Measurables
  • Execution
  • Logistics
  • Venue Selection
  • Setup / Flow
  • Speaker or Sponsor Management
  • AV Support
  • Use of Technology
  • Use of Vendors
  • Objective

Most Creative Catering for An Event

This is a food category which may combine decor. However, judges will not consider decor unless it supports the food presentation. The entrant must be the caterer, not the planner unless they are one in the same. Do not include overall room design in the application. Entry may be for plated or buffet designs.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Use of Colour
  • Practicality
  • Design
  • Logistics
  • Budget Allocation

Best Overall Catered Event

This is an event category which includes the food design, preparation, and service of in the overall event. It is recommended that the planner and caterer joint enter and the must entry includes details about the event itself. Include things like design, table design, food service, menus, floor plan, scheduling, etc. Judges will consider decor if supports the food presentation. Budget is required.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creative
  • Challenges
  • Logistics
  • Design
  • Theme Integration
  • Budget Allocation
  • Food Service
  • Meeting Objectives
  • Menu
  • Food Design

Best Event Design Concept up to $30,000

This category is for decor only and does not include entertainment or catering. Retail value cannot exceed $30,000. Actual billing may be requested to validate costs. Include clear pictures, budgets and proof that you designed and installed the decor. This must also include the value of any sponsored components of the decor. Budget is required and 10 images are suggested.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Suitability
  • Objectives
  • Budget Allocation
  • Logistics
  • Impact
  • Use of Materials in Design

Best Event Design Concept $30,000 - $80,000

This category is for decor only and does not include entertainment or catering. Retail value cannot exceed $80,000. Actual billing may be requested to validate costs. Include clear pictures, budgets and proof that you designed and installed the decor. This must also include the value of any sponsored components of the decor. Budget is required and 20 images are required.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Suitability
  • Objectives
  • Budget Allocation
  • Logistics
  • Impact
  • Use of Materials in Design

Best Event Design Concept $80,000 +

This category is for decor only and does not include entertainment or catering. Retail value must exceed $80,000. Actual billing may be requested to validate costs. Include clear pictures, budgets and proof that you designed and installed the decor. This must also include the value of any sponsored components of the decor. Budget is required and 210 images are required

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Suitability
  • Objectives
  • Budget Allocation
  • Logistics
  • Impact
  • Use of Materials in Design

Most Creative Table Design/Centerpiece

The category is for table decor only and does not include entertainment or catering. Include clear pictures, budgets, and proof that you designed and installed the table decor. This must also include the value of any sponsored components of the decor. Budget is required and 10 images are suggested.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Suitability
  • Objectives
  • Budget Allocation
  • Logistics
  • Impact
  • Use of Materials in Design

Best Experiential Marketing Event

Refers to engagement marketing, sometimes called “experiential marketing,” “event marketing”, “on-ground marketing”, “live marketing” or “participation marketing” and engages consumers and invites and encourages them to participate in the evolution of a brand. Describe how you measure the extent to which a consumer had a meaningful brand experience when attending the event. Demonstrate the two-dimensional (two-way) communication where consumers participated, shared, and interacted with a brand to create the engagement. Video submissions are recommended but not mandatory. Judged on key concepts used including activation management.

Judging Criteria:

  • Execution
  • Attendance & Outreach
  • Logistics
  • Interactivity
  • Creativity in Design
  • Concept Development

Best Event Photography

Refers to photos from events that showcase the celebration or spirit of the event. This is the only application where embedded images in a pdf/ word doc are acceptable. ONLY submit 20 attachment images in high-res jpeg format. Capture scenes that are unique and relevant to the event (i.e. Nova Scotia Seafood Festival should capture colorful food presentations, costume characters, etc.), and that form a collection. Include images that show people engaged in the event activities. Provide backup if the images were used in promotional activity including online, print, editorial and advertising.

Judging Criteria:

  • Overall Collection
  • Imagery
  • Storytelling
  • Quality
  • Visual Appeal
  • Level of Detail
  • Expression of Theme

Best Event Produced for a Corporation by 3rd Party Planner

Must show proof they produced the event and which elements they managed. A budget and reference letter from the client is required. Entry must include a budget. Video submissions are recommended but not mandatory.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Challenges Overcome
  • Planning Logistics
  • Budget Allocation
  • Design
  • Entertainment Value
  • Meeting Objectives
  • Overall Strategy
  • Impact

Best Overall Wedding Under $75,000

This category Is for the overall wedding production and must include, design, catering, entertainment and entire wedding image. Include clear pictures as JPEGs not embedded in a document. Budget required. Show production documents like scripts, critical paths and production schedules and design development proof.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creative
  • Challenges
  • Use of Budget
  • Design
  • Meeting Couples Objectives
  • Components
  • Wow Factor

Best Overall Wedding Over $75,000

This category Is for the overall wedding production and must include, design, catering, entertainment and entire wedding image. Include clear pictures as JPEGs not embedded in a document. Budget required. Show production documents like scripts, critical paths and production schedules and design development proof.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creative
  • Challenges
  • Use of Budget
  • Design
  • Meeting Couples Objectives
  • Components
  • Wow Factor

Most Outstanding Event Up to $200,000

These awards are given to the top producer of any type of event; corporate or private which is deemed the most exceptional in all aspects of the overall plan. The event budget must be within the specified dollar values and must reflect the retail amount that was billed to the client. For food & beverage functions, only include catering as part of your total budget if you contracted the caterer. Include your role in the project, prove your challenges and solutions, and include photos. Video submissions are recommended but not mandatory. Budgets must also include any sponsored components.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creative
  • Design
  • Challenges
  • Innovation
  • Budget
  • Impact
  • Entertainment
  • Technical (if applicable)

Most Outstanding Event Over $200,000

These awards are given to the top producer of any type of event; corporate or private which is deemed the most exceptional in all aspects of the overall plan. The event budget must be within the specified dollar values and must reflect the retail amount that was billed to the client. For food & beverage functions, only include catering as part of your total budget if you contracted the caterer. Include your role in the project, prove your challenges and solutions, and include photos. Video submissions are recommended but not mandatory. Budgets must also include any sponsored components of the event.

Judging Criteria:

  • Creative
  • Design
  • Challenges
  • Innovation
  • Budget
  • Impact
  • Entertainment
  • Technical (if applicable)

Best Entertainer in (Region)

Presented to live performers exclusively. Include samples of your work; video is mandatory. Detail type of entertainment including the number and quality of clients and events in 2017. Judging will be based on referral letters, video footage, and quality of entertainment value. Please submit a year in review summary, images supporting your entry, a professional headshot, personal bio and 3 letters of reference from 2017/18 clients.

Best Planner (by Region)

Presented to live performers exclusively. Include samples of your work; video is mandatory. Detail type of entertainment including the number and quality of clients and events in 2017. Judging will be based on referral letters, video footage, and quality of entertainment value. Please submit a year in review summary, images supporting your entry, a professional headshot, personal bio and 3 letters of reference from 2017/18 clients.

Best Caterer (by Region)

This award is given to the person who inspires others to achieve success in the field of food service and design; who has made contributions to the catering industry over the past year; who displays exemplary ingenuity of ingredients, preparation and presentation of a collection of catered items; and who consistently demonstrates outstanding presentation of creative event menus. This individual will have proven in their submission, that over the preceding 12 months they have shown exemplary performance in their discipline, have contributed to the growth and development of the industry, have gone above and beyond client and peer expectations and have raised the bar for those they work with and/or for. Please submit a year in review summary, images supporting your entry, a professional headshot, personal bio and 3 letters of reference from colleagues, 2 from 2017/18 catering clients.