Award Winning Tips

Here is an in-depth explanation of each submission element to increase your chances of getting nominated.

Objective Statement

Explain the event or event’s element objectives and how they were met. You may use point form. Also, include an explanation of why you feel the event was outstanding and how it fits into the category. 300 words max (contact if exceptions required).

Event Description

Tailor your description to the category you are entering. Describe the process involved in the design, planning, and execution of the event and why these elements were challenging. Max 1000 words (points deducted for overage).

  • Do NOT enter the same description (For example, Best Décor entry should not have the same description for Best Wedding).
  • Flowery wording and romancing of details do not help in the judging process.

Reference Letters

Include a reference letter from the client or governing body (the person who contracted you or your company), stating that you, in fact, were responsible for doing the work. If you were the client, have a superior write the letter stating the event was successful. Check your category for details on

Include a reference letter from the client or governing body (the person who contracted you or your company), stating that you, in fact, were responsible for doing the work. If you were the client, have a superior write the letter stating the event was successful. Check your category for details on the requirement.

Supporting Materials

Include any supporting materials such as flyers or media clippings or marketing pieces. The total size of your submission with all attachments cannot exceed 64 MB. We ask that no one file be more than 5MB. 

Photos (Critical)

Do not exceed 5 MB each. You may embed images in PDF but no one document should surpass 15 MB. A Min of 5 and a Max of 10 JPEG images is required. Do not ONLY embed in the PDF you must also send the images as JPEG.

Choose images reflecting the category you entered (i.e. For the Best Wedding Award, do NOT send in a food shot). Label each image file: “Your Company Name and Category of Entry” (i.e. “AnniesEvents_Best_Decor.jpeg”).

Video Footage

Video MUST be 3 Minutes or less. ONLY A FEW CATEGORIES REQUIRE VIDEO (check the category criteria before submitting a video). For the initial entry process, your video MUST be linked online where judges can view it. Only if you are nominated, will you be required to submit actual mp4 or QuickTime video.

100-Word Summary

A 100-word summary of the event must be included. This will be used for marketing, please ensure it describes your event well.

Deciding What to Enter

The category you enter must correspond directly to the work that you do (i.e. if you enter Best Food Presentation, you must be the caterer, not the contractor). If you enter Best Wedding, you must be responsible for planning every detail you enter. You cannot submit the entire wedding if you only planned the reception etc… if you need any help feel free to contact us at celebrate@canadianeventawards.com, sometimes you will qualify for a category you may not realize.

Joint Entries or Multiple Categories

A company or individual may enter the same event in more than one category, but you must submit an entirely new package and include all elements in each entry. You cannot take photos or descriptions from one entry and apply them to another entry. Each entry MUST be complete and tailored to the category. It will work against you if you duplicate an entry and just change the title.

Company Bio

Unless you are submitting for Event Professional of the Year or Entertainer of the Year, please do not include a personal or corporate bio or history. The submission is for the event, not for your company.

For more tips, read the “Five Secrets to Winning Event Awards” by the award’s Founder and Creative Director, Stacy Wyatt.

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