Do you want the chance to Submit your art form and be recognized by your peers?

Do you want the chance to celebrate and party at the Annual Gala?

It's so Easy!

1. Choose the Category you want to submit to.

2. Fill out the information.

3. Submit Images or video. 

4. Our National Panel of Judges, members of NACE, ICA, and ILEA, judge entries in October.

5. Cross your fingers!

Best of 2021

Rules and Information Categories:

  • Submissions will be judged by third party event professionals before the Awards Gala on November 18th.

  • Submissions must be completed no later than Sunday, September 12th, 2021.

  • Submissions and photos must be text, logo and watermark-free.

  • Online entry form and digital image/video upload must be completed at time of submission.  

  • Appalachian NACE has the right to use submission photos and information for advertising/marketing purposes.

  • Submission file must be submitted through Google Drive or Dropbox ONLY

  • Collage submissions are accepted for all categories except Photographer, Videographer, Event Planner, Entertainer, and Team.

  • Event submissions must have taken place between 8/1/2020 and 7/31/2021.  No submissions will be considered if they were submitted to the 2020 Best Of Awards.

  • Categories A-I will have three awards given.

    • One for “Best of”, and one for each subclass.

      • To be considered for Best of, company/individual MUST have submitted to both sub-classes.

    • Two submissions to the same category and/or subclasses will be accepted.

      • Lower of the two submission score will be dropped.​

    • Combined high score for all sub-class entries from all judges per company will determine “Best of” Winner

  • Photographer will have 4 awards.

    • 1 for Best of and three for subclass.

    • Scoring will be the same as categories A-I

  • Team Event Category requires participation by a minimum of 4 vendors.

  • Event Planner and Team Event will follow criteria similar to the NACE One Awards

  • Submissions will be accepted through appnace.com/bestof2020.

  • All entries will be blindly judged by NACE leadership, and other national catering and event association members, in other chapters across the US.


A. Floral:

  1. Best floral design (Centerpiece/Arrangement)

  2. Most creative design at an Event

B. Catering:

  1. Best Food Display

    1. Stationary, action, or buffet

  2. Best Theme Menu

    1. Provide full menu with no logo and collage of photos

C. Rental/Décor:

  1. Best Stylized Shoot

  2. Most Creative Use/Design of Space at an Event

D. Event Planner:

  1. Best Event or wedding under $35k.

    1. See separate criteria

  2. Best Event or wedding over $35k.

    1. See separate criteria

E. Entertainment

  1. Best Live Performance/Music

    1. Must include 1 minute video.​

  2. Best Host/Emcee

    1. Must include 1 minute video.​

  3. Best Technical/Special Effects​

    1. Video and/or Photos permitted​

F. Bakery

  1. Best Social Cake Design

  2. Best Wedding Design

G. Hair/Makeup/Beauty

  1. Individual

  2. Group

H. Venue

  1. Best Space Transformation

  2. Best Representation of Event Space

    1. Must include 100 to 250 words on what makes your venue special

    2. Must include non watermarked photo collages from at least 3 events

I. Videographer

  1. Highlight Event Film

  2. Production Video Content

J. Photographer

  1. Portrait- Event Day

  2. Portrait- Non-event Day

  3. Candid

K. Team Event (see separate criteria)

Must include 4 different vendors

L. Fashion & Style

  1. Best Fashion/Styling at a Live Event

  2. Best Fashion/Styling at a Stylized Shoot

M. Specialty Category Artistic Creations

Invites, Signage, Live Paintings, Calligraphy, etc. This category will be to award best artistic creation that was designed before, during or after the event to create a unique experience for the client.

Criteria for submission for this category is the entry

  1. Must write at least 250 word essay.

  2. Must submit 5 screen shots of reviews talking about the entries excellent work in this category.

N. Specialty Category Professional for Events of the Year

Officiant, Photobooths, Magicians, etc. This category is to be awarded for best service professional showing their dedication and professionalism to their client. 

Criteria for submission for this category is the entry

  1. Must write at least 250 word essay.

  2. Must submit 5 screen shots of reviews talking about the entries excellent work in this category.

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