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Cresta is unlike other awards in that it has a permanent Grand Jury of very carefully selected senior creative leaders from all over the world.

By the time judging starts, we expect around 100 of the world’s brightest and best to be ready to review your entries.

Because they are a permanent jury they are able to track the industry’s developing creative standards (from which the name Cresta derives) and maintain the highest standards in their judging.

Also, unlike other awards, our jury members each work separately to assess submissions. There is no group discussion, and no chance of politics or group pressure affecting the results. Every entry is assessed on ‘a level playing field’. It is therefore, arguably, the fairest system.

In the first round of judging, all entries are assessed on two main criteria - concept and execution.

In each of these two criteria, judges award marks out of 10.

Following this round we mathematically work out which entries have achieved an average mark that takes them into the top quartile.

This group of finalists is then assessed again by the entire global jury and, using the same marking system, we are able to work out what an entry needs to achieve to qualify for one of our awards. 


In each competition and sub-category there is the potential to win Gold, Silver or Bronze Cresta Awards. There is no artificial limit to the number of these awards. It is all about the quality of work. Awards are given only on the basis of achieving a high average across our Jury that represent the best creative standards of this year’s entries.

For exceptional work scoring very high averaged marks, we award our ultimate prize, a Cresta Grand Prix. These are rare, but again are only limited in quantity by the standards of work submitted. The higher the creative standards, the more Grand Prix we award.

Winners of Grand Prix, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will each receive a Cresta trophy and team members a certificate. Additional trophies and certificates may be purchased, if required.


We have made entering Cresta as simple and straightforward as possible.

There are 16 competitions covering the areas of creative work that Cresta accepts.Within each competition there are sub-categories to ensure your entry competes against comparable work.

For details of these, please see Categories.

Once you are ready to start entering items, our new Entry System will effortlessly guide you through the process.

There is also an Entry Kit download that you and your colleagues can use to make choosing the right competition and sub-category easier still. This also explains the steps you will need to complete once you decide what to enter.

Once you are registered to enter, you can either upload your work and complete the entries in one go, or save your information at any point and return to it later. You can also add more entries at any point before the closing date.

If at any time during the process, you are unsure what to do (which competition or sub-category is best for your work, for example) please email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

To enter now, please click here.

Here are a few important guidelines to entering the 2019 Cresta Awards.


1: Work submitted must have been published, broadcast or released between 1 January 2018 and 31 May 2019.

2: It must have been commissioned by, created for and approved by a client.

3: It must have appeared in a commercial or public environment.

4: We cannot accept any work specifically made for this or any other competition.

5: Work must be submitted as it appeared, and not altered in any way for the purposes of competition.

6: If a judge raises questions about the validity of any work, you will be required to provide evidence to support the entry.


1: Any client, creative agency, digital agency, design company, production company, post-production company, or individual professional may enter.

2: Where the work is a collaborative effort by more than one agency in a network, this can be acknowledged in the credits. Or, if more than one agency wishes to enter the item and have their name as the entrant, they must enter separately and each pay the appropriate fee.

3: If more than one company enters a piece of work and that work goes on to be shortlisted or win an award, all entrants will be equally credited and featured in any publicity.


1: Cresta is dedicated to recognising great creative talent. So we have added a new Credit called CORE CREATIVES. This should be used to identify the main originators of the idea or the execution. If this isn’t possible, please leave this credit blank.

2: Our entry system will guide you through all other credits. And we are delighted to recognise everyone who has contributed to the work.

3: You should enter all creative credits at the time of finalising your entry. A charge of $50 per additional credit may be charged if you need to add names after entry.


1: By entering these awards you have assigned us Rights to use your entry for publicity and to hold the entered assets in our archive

2: This publicity may include social media, editorial - print, online and broadcast, on and offline advertising and use on our websites, and the websites of our brand partners.

3: If any entry includes licensed music, you should make sure that you or your client is able to assign us the Right to use that music for both the awards and any publicity purposes.

4: Unless specifically otherwise requested, Cresta archives all shortlisted and winning entries and may make them available to view via our website. Cresta reserves the right to retain all and any submitted entry and potentially use it to publicise the awards and Cresta work. 


Cresta is global, so this year we have enabled entry using credit cards or a global range of currencies via bank transfer.

We have quoted standard entry costs in $US, and at checkout your bill will appear in $.  But if you prefer to pay in €, £ or any other currency please contact us on for details of the numerous currencies we can now accept. 

With exchange rates around the world currently more volatile than usual, we will at all times endeavour to make sure you receive the best available rate should your entry require currency conversion within our systems. We use industry leading companies to make sure you pay as little as possible in transfer fees and currency exchange. 

Later this year we will have automated this system so that billing will appear in the currency of your choice. Until then we will endeavour to enable you to pay in whatever currency and by whatever method that suits you best. 

The entry fees are as follows:



The only exceptions are as follows:


SOCIAL MEDIA 'Campaigns' - $490

CRAFT & DESIGN ENTRIES (single item)  - $300

As a global awards scheme we are committed to welcoming entries from as many countries as possible. What is a very reasonable fee in a developed economy may not be to all others - especially if that country is experiencing severe economic problems. We don’t want this to prevent you entering great work. So if you feel you have a special case for a reduced fee, please contact us on

Please note: All UK entries will be subject to VAT @ 20%.