Launched as a partnership between Exhibition World and Exposure Communications, and sponsored by Octanorm UK, the World Exhibition Stand Awards or 'WESAs' celebrate the dynamic thriving world of exhibition stands.

These brand new awards will recognise effective stand design all around the world and will celebrate creative thinking and design effectiveness across the broadest possible range of events. The WESAs aim to highlight and reward effective exhibiting, stunning architecture, creative design and unique brand experiences.

Entry & Judging Panel

The WESA judging panel consists of some of the most senior figures on the global international stage. Global Exhibition Organisers, Major Venues, Trade Associations and representatives of some of the biggest brands in the world. Together, they provide a vast knowledge of the exhibiton industry and the challenges faced by exhibitors. There will be no representatives of agencies or design and build companies allowed on the panel in order to ensure complete objectivity. The panel will be looking for design concepts that create unique user engagement, fulfil clients' briefs and use innovative architecture and technologies. More information on these high-profile judges will be announced soon.

Entering into these awards can be done by the clients themselves or their agencies. The awards will be open for entry in August-October, followed by judging in November-December with the winners being announced in February 2019. Intentions to enter have already been received from over 20 countries including, UK, USA, Germany, Singapore, China, Brazil and France.

All companies who enter will receive a free online listing in the World Exhibition Stand Awards Directory, with short-listed entries being promoted extensively through the Exhibition World Magazine and a full range of digital media. The winning entries will be included in an exclusive publication distributed to the event teams of the 500 biggest brands in the world.

The Categories

The award categories have also been revealed and are as follows:

Best stand up to 24 sqm
1000-plus sqm

Event Type   
Automotive  Technology & IT
Telecoms  Print
Fashion  Food & Drink
Agriculture  Energy
Tourism  Finance
Healthcare  Retail
Construction  Transport

Creative Categories
Best Use of Technology
Best Pavillion / Group Stand
Best Reusable Stand
Most Sustainable Stand
Best Storytelling

For more information and to register your interest, visit


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