The ILEA Esprit Entry Guide is a step by step guide to help you navigate the Esprit Awards system and ensure that you comply with the rules of the competition.  Open or print the Entry Guide for additional instructions while completing an entry. 

See the Entrant Reference Guide for your category for specific details and information regarding your entry. This guide will give you tips and hints on what and how you should answer each question, as well as what the judges are looking for.


What are the ILEA Esprit Awards?

The ILEA Esprit Awards®, is a globally recognized awards competition designed to and honor the exceptional professional achievements of individuals and organizations from across the ILEA membership.

What is the submission deadline date?

All completed entries including payment must be submitted on or before 15 April, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. No Late Fees this year.

What is the cost to enter the Awards?

The ILEA Esprit Awards cost $100.00 USD per entrant per entry submission until 15 April, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. No Late Fees this year

Who can enter the Awards?

Any ILEA member in good standing on or before 15 April, 2020 is eligible to enter the ILEA Esprit Awards competition.

What are the most common reasons for disqualification?

Entrant names or company names and logos, included in an entry is the biggest cause for entry disqualification. In close second, an entrant failing to complete the budget or not including budget items outlined in the instructions.

How do I enter?

All entries are prepared and submitted via ILEA’s online awards portal. The online system can be accessed by ILEA members through their ILEA membership.

Will my entry information be shared?

No, only the general overview of the event and two representative photos will be used for promotional purposes.  Award judges will view your entry content, but have no means to distribute the material.

Why should I enter the ILEA Esprit Awards?

Awards help to increase your ability to influence others, gain recognition for your talents and strengthen your personal brand while vastly improving your chances for success. The ILEA Esprit Awards are a catalyst for personal potential and professional growth. You'll have the recognition platform to earn company and client acknowledgement, increase marketability, gain media access, and receive events industry buzz about you and your company!

What events can I enter?

Any event, event component or event concept that occurred between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Visit the categories tab to determine the best category for your event.

Who judges the Awards?

Highly qualified ILEA leaders and creative event professionals with a broad range of experience and specialization from around the world serve as judges. The ILEA Esprit Awards online judging system was configured to guarantee the entire awards system is completely anonymous.

Is there a minimum score to be considered a nominee?

Yes, entries must receive, at minimum, 50 points in order to qualify as a nominee.