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Welcome to the Zonies!

About the Zonies

“The Zonies” Awards program was developed to acknowledge and honor Arizona event industry professionals and their finest examples of creativity, planning, strategic management, resourcefulness and successful solutions throughout the year. The awards offer multiple categories that represent the different disciplines within the events industry.

Entrants are NOT required to be an ILEA Arizona member.  Entrants need only be a member of the event/hospitality industry with an Arizona address and the event they would be submitting must have taken place in Arizona between July 1, 2016 and August 1, 2017.

Why Enter

Winning a Zonies Award adds great recognition to your business too. It creates marketing opportunities, improves staff morale and attracts media attention.  The press about your company writes itself!

Don’t miss the opportunity to raise industry awareness of your achievements. If you’ve entered before…keep entering. If you’ve never entered before…this could be YOUR year. You can’t stand on stage and accept the award if you don’t enter.

Best of luck with your entries!

SAVE THE DATE: The awards gala will be September 15, 2017 @ 6:00PM. Register to attend.

Apply Here

 

Submission Categories

Best Social Event – Budget: Under $50,000 or $50,000+

Awards the Planner, Producer, Coordinator, Catering Manager, etc. for the best social event planning within respective budget categories.  Social events include: pre & post wedding parties, mitzvahs, milestone events, anniversaries, birthday parties, children’s events, etc.

Best Corporate Event – Budget: Under $50,000 or $50,000+

Awards the Planner, Producer, Coordinator, Catering Manager, etc. for the best corporate event planning (one-day event) within respective budget categories.  Corporate events include: company celebrations, employee or client appreciation celebrations, meetings, dinners, conferences, trade shows, etc.

Best Nonprofit Event – Budget:  Under $50,000 or $50,000+

Awards the Planner, Producer, Coordinator, Catering Manager, etc. for the best nonprofit event planning within respective budget categories.  Nonprofit events include: fundraisers, campaigns, kick-off events, galas, walks, tournaments, etc.

Best Festival, Fair or Event Series                                                                                    

Awards the Planner, Producer, Coordinator, Catering Manager, etc. for the best fair, festival or event series planning within respective budget categories.  Event series may be weekly, monthly or consecutive days.

Best Wedding – Budget:  Under $50,000 or $50,000+

Awards the Consultant, Planner, Coordinator, Producer, Catering Manager, etc. for the best wedding ceremony and reception planning within respective budget categories.

Best Event Catering – Budget:  Under $50,000 or $50,000+

Awards the Caterer (off premise), Specialty Bakery, Restaurant, Hotel, Private Club or any other entity that provides food to the special events industry for the best event catering

Best Event Technical Production:  Under $50,000 or $50,000+

Awards Vendors for their design and execution of such lighting and technical elements as: lighting, audio visual, multi-media, staging, special effects, pyrotechnics, etc.

Best Event Design/Décor – Budget:  Under $50,000 or $50,000+

Awards Vendors who design with or supply decorative rental equipment such as: tables, chairs, dance floors, tenting, china, or décor elements such as floral design, props, scenery, displays, balloon artistry, etc. to the special events industry.  Best event décor will be awarded to the vendor who uses their elements in the most creative & striking manner within respective budget categories.

Best Event Innovation

Awards the Planner, Producer, Coordinator, Vendor, Catering Manager, etc. for the best event innovation.  An event innovation is an event element created that would be considered trend-setting and a contribution to the industry.  Event innovations include: design/décor concepts, rental creations, reinventions or creative uses of traditions or traditional concepts, etc.

Best Event Photography

Awards achievement in event photography or videography, entries can cover any event category: wedding, social, corporate, nonprofit, or fair/festival/series

Best Event Videography

Awards achievement in event photography or videography, entries can cover any event category: wedding, social, corporate, nonprofit, or fair/festival/series

Best Event Collaboration – Budget:  Under $50,000 or $50,000+

Awards a group of event industry professionals who successfully worked together to produce a memorable event.  A minimum of two event professionals from two different companies are needed to qualify for this category and Only ONE online entry is allowed for each event. A team leader must be chosen and is responsible for the team’s entry. However, entry payment must be made by all companies involved wishing to receive an award.

*NEW*  Best Floral Design:  Under $50,000 or $50,000+

Awards achievement in unique and innovative floral design. Entries can provide floral for any event category: wedding, social, corporate, non-profit, meeting/conference or fair/festival/series

*NEW*  Best Meeting/Conference Program:  Under $50,000 or $50,000+

Awards the Planner, Producer, Coordinator, Catering Manager, etc. for the best meeting or conference program planning (two or more day event) within respective budget categories.

*NEW*  Best Culinary Innovation

Awards the Caterer (on or off premise), Specialty Bakery, Restaurant, Hotel, Private Club or any other entity that provides a unique approach to food to the special events industry for the best culinary innovation.

 

2017 Entry Qualifications 

  • Each entrant must be a member of the event/hospitality industry in the state of Arizona. It is not mandatory to be a member of ILEA Arizona. The term “member” in this document refers to this definition:  The entrant must have an Arizona address and the event being entered for an award must have occurred within the state of Arizona.
  • The entrant must be an Arizona-based company, producers or planner
  • The entrant must have been responsible and accountable for the event submitted. Categories entered must correspond with the work accomplished. For example, if TECHNICAL PRODUCTION is entered, the entrant must be the vendor who designed and executed the work, (not the person who paid for the design).
  • The event entered must have occurred between July 1, 2016 and August 1, 2017. If the event took place over several days, the days must have been consecutive, unless the event is being submitted in the BEST FESTIVAL, FAIR, or EVENT SERIES category.

 

2017 Entry Rules

  • All entries must be received by 10:00 pm, Friday, August 25, 2017. Entries must be submitted digitally via the online form sent to you after you have applied to submit online. Entries received after 10:00 pm, Friday, August 25, 2017 will not be accepted.
  • The format that must be followed is specified on each of the Category Entry Checklists provided. Entries must adhere to the Rules and the Checklist.  Point deductions and/or disqualification for non-compliance may result if an entry fails to follow the rules.
  • These entries MUST remain anonymous. To ensure this, we ask that no entrant name(s), company name(s) images of the entrant or entrant company logo may appear in any part of the entry, including file names or digital files (except the Entry Certification Form). Entries including entrant’s names and/or entrant’s company logos WILL be disqualified.
  • Any applicant may enter any event in more than one category. A separate complete online entry submission and entry fee is required for each entry.
  • Entry registration must include an online payment via ILEAaz.com for the appropriate fee.  Zonies Entry registration does not include a seat at the Awards Gala.
  • The number of nominations in each category is based on merit, not the number of entries. All decisions of the independent judges are final.  The entries will be judged by a selected group of event/hospitality professionals who are not participating entrants and are located out of state.
  • Judging is based on:
    • How well the event met its objectives
    • Originality and creativity
    • Integration of elements of the event
    • Execution of the event
    • Any challenges that were presented and overcome
    • The quality of the event, attention to detail and concept
  • Only one award trophy will be given per entry. The entrants will have the opportunity to purchase additional trophy replicas following the Awards Gala.
  • Submit by 10:00 pm, Friday, August 25, 2017 EXTENSION September 1st at 12:00pm

Step by Step Digital Submission Instructions

Please follow these instructions step by step, do not skip over any steps.

  • Go to the button above to apply.
  • Complete your award entry online and pay your registration fee.
  • Entry worksheets to help prepare can be downloaded here.
  • Once you have submitted your entry online, no changes may be made, so please be sure it is complete.
  • The only people with access to your completed entry will be the Zonies Awards Gala Director and the Zonies judges (who are located out-of-state).
  • If you are submitting multiple entries, please repeat this process for each entry.

For questions or technical difficulties, please email us at info@zoniesaward.com

Please mark your calendars to attend the

2017 Arizona Events Industry Awards Gala – Friday, September 15, 2017