FAQ

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 $75 for ILEA Members and $150 for Non- ILEA Members, per submission entry.

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, 2016 – December 31, 2016.

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 2017 event will be held in Cincinnati.

Notable dates for 2017 awards:

Call for Entries Open:
February 1st –  Gather your event information and photos

Entries Due:
Submission deadline is Monday, March 13th at 11:59pm (Midnight).

Ticket & Table Sales:
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$75 for ILEA Members;  $95 for Non-ILEA Members;  Group Ticket Packages are be available.

Awards Ceremony:
Friday, April 21st in Cincinnati, Ohio – Hotel Covington

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.