What are the ILEA Ohio WOW! Awards?
The ILEA Ohio WOW! Awards are an opportunity for statewide recognition and a showcase to celebrate event professionals, and their events, in Ohio. The awards program allows us to:

  • Promote professionalism within the events industry
  • Acknowledge the extraordinary efforts, performance, and outstanding contributions of ILEA members and industry professionals
  • Provide the distinct competitive advantage to sing your praises to customers, potential clients, vendors and colleagues, reminding them of your accomplishments and industry expertise
  • A forum to highlight clients projects

Who can enter the awards?
Event professional that are based in Ohio who have produced events in or outside of Ohio.
Event professionals that have produced events in Ohio.

What is the cost to enter the Awards?
The ILEA Ohio WOW! Awards cost is per submission entry.
This year we are offering an early-bird discount!

Entries submitted until Monday, March 16th will be $75 for ILEA Members and $150 for Non- ILEA Members
Entries submitted after 3/16 until Monday, March 23rd will be $100 for ILEA Members and $175 for Non-ILEA Members

What events can I enter?
Click here
for the Categories List- Note this list might change based on the categories finalized by ILEA HQ for the Esprit awards

Event Eligibility: (event must have taken place between) January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019.

When and Where are the ILEA Ohio WOW! Awards?
The ILEA Ohio WOW! Awards will rotate each year to a different ILEA Ohio city. The 2020 event will be held in Cincinnati.

Notable dates for 2020 awards:

Call for Entries Open:
February 10th –  Gather your event information and photos

Entries Due:
Early Bird Submission deadline is Monday, March 16th at 11:59pm (Midnight).
Final Submission deadline is Monday, March 23rd at 11:59pm (Midnight).

Ticket & Table Sales:
$85 for ILEA Members;  $105 for Non-ILEA Members;  Group Ticket Packages are available.

Awards Ceremony:
Friday, April 24th in Cincinnati, Ohio 

Why should I enter the ILEA Ohio WOW! Awards?
By entering the ILEA Ohio WOW! Awards, you are able to demonstrate the incredible experiences and projects that you and your company are creating. This is your opportunity to show people what you can do and what makes you stand apart from your competition. Imagine being able to tell your clients that your company is “award winning!”

Who judges the awards?
In order to maintain fairness in the judging, the ILEA Ohio WOW! Award submissions are entirely anonymous and are judged by event professionals from another state/region of the United States. All of the entries must be anonymous (no mention of names or company names are allowed in the entries). No local ILEA members or event professionals are involved in the judging process.

What if I have questions?
If you have questions about the process, or run into problems, please use the Contact Us page and someone will follow up with you.

How do I prepare my entry?
Please visit this page.

What are the most common reasons for disqualification?
If you follow the rules and submission instruction guide and category specific guidelines, your entry will be valid. Most common mistakes include: Logo, entrant name and/or company name included in the entered content, on submitted file names or in collateral materials. Incomplete budgets or those not including all elements/retail costs are also cause for disqualification.