• Emerging Media Award

    Helping to set the industry standard for firms excelling in new technologies, UX and all forms of emerging media.
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  • Consumer Video
    Rotor Studios

    Rotor Studios / Bangkok - Thailand
    Client: Toyota Japan
    Title: "Toyota Prius - Beyond Possible" - Visionary Winner


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  • Best User Experience

    Pro-Ject / Chicago, IL - USA
    Client: Anheuser-Busch, InBev
    Title: "4D Immersive Virtual Reality St. Louis Budweiser" - Visionary Winner


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  • Consumer Integrated Campaign

    Pencilvent / Kuwait City, Safat - Kuwait
    Client: Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST)
    Title: "Student Recruitment Campaign" - Visionary Winner


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  • Education Website

    Finalsite / Glastonbury, CT - USA
    Client: Western Academy of Beijing
    Title: "WAB Website" - Visionary Winner


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  • Product/Service Video

    Kingspoke / Portland, ME - USA
    Client: Sterling
    Title: "Sterling Rope FCX" - Visionary Winner


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  • Multi-Media Campaign
    Modo Modo AgencyModo Modo Agency

    Modo Modo Agency / Atlanta, GA - USA
    Title: "Get Unblocked with Unblocks" - Visionary Winner


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  • Branded Content

    Mustard / Prague - Czech Republic
    Client:  European Bike Stealing Championships
    Title: "Bike Stealing 2015" - Visionary Winner


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  • B2C App
    Orlando Magic

    Orlando Magic / Orlando, FL - USA
    Title: "Orlando Magic App" - Visionary Winner


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  • Interactive Display/POP
    Deloitte - Chicago

    Deloitte - Chicago / Chicago, IL - USA
    Client: Deloitte
    Title: "Twitter Vending Machine" - Visionary Winner


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  • Interactive Training Program
    Dashe & Thomson, Inc.

    Dashe & Thomson, Inc. / Minneapolis, MN - USA
    Client: Hormel Foods
    Title: "Brand Learning Center" - Visionary Winner


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  • Best Use of Animation/Motion Graphics

    Cineplex Digital Media / London, ON - Canada
    Client: Bank of Montreal
    Title: "BMO Inclusion" - Visionary Winner


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  • Outdoor

    BLACK / Toronto, ON - Canada
    Client: Billy Bishop Airport
    Title: "Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport DOOH Platform" - Visionary Winner


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  • Experiential Marketing

    AARP / Washington, DC - USA
    Title: "Over 40? No donuts for you." - Visionary Winner


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  • Social Media Campaign
    1000heads 1000heads

    Social Media Campaign / New York, NY - USA
    Client: Skype
    Title: "Skype Fit" - Visionary Winner

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The Summit Emerging Media Award (Summit EMA) evolved through a need to recognize and celebrate creativity, innovation and those pushing the bounds of creative excellence in all forms of emerging media.

Traditionally, advertising has focused strictly on the big idea. Today, advertising needs to break new ground to keep up with the ever-changing pace. It is not about big budgets, but rather big ideas. Compete on a global stage, with an international panel of judges and creative from all over the world.

This award is for the marketers, coders, designers, developers, innovators, visionaries and leaders in this exciting new realm of advertising. We offer recognition for introducing new methods, directing and helping to set the pace for emerging media, and demonstrating excellence on the web, through apps, videos, mobile sites and social media.


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  Rules & Guidelines | EMA Categories | Online Entry | Entry Kit | Judging Criteria    




The Summit Emerging Media Award (Summit EMA) allows advertising and emerging media marketers to demonstrate their know-how and industry leadership. The Emerging Media Award is open to companies and individuals worldwide of any size. Summit EMA is open to both individuals and companies of all sizes.

  • All work submitted must have been completed within the last two calendar years up through the final deadline.
  • Entries may not have been previously entered in the Summit EMA competition unless 51% of the work has been revised.
  • The awards may request proof of initial production, publication and/or live launch date.
  • A written translation or adaptation must accompany non-English entries.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries a contestant may enter.
  • Some entries may qualify for multiple categories; if so, treat as separate submissions.
  • The awards reserves the right to reclassify incorrectly classified entries.
  • Judges reserve the right to make no award in a category if submissions do not meet their expectations.
  • All entries become the property of the awards and cannot be returned. We respect and acknowledge the intellectual copyright of the entering firms' creative work and we will fully protect those rights.


Who Should Enter:  
  • Interactive and Advertising Agencies
  • B2B Companies
  • Public Relations Firms
  • SEO Managers
  • Bloggers
  • Marketing/Branding Firms
  • Freelancers
  • Online & Software Companies
  • In-house Marketing Departments
  • Multi-media Producers
  • Animation and Web Designers
  • Graphics Designers
  • Video/Audio production


Entry Kit
Entry Kit


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Winning entries receive the coveted Visionary, Innovator or Leader Award. Our high-quality custom trophies are a symbol of excellence, and demonstrate that your firm has achieved the pinnacle of advertising and marketing communication.  Please see the Online Entry/Store for the optional trophy selections available to winners.

Judges select Visionary winners from among Innovator winning entries. To protect the Summit EMA and winner's integrity, the competition's bylaws limit the number of winning entries.

SIA judges from around the globe participate on our jury panels. They represent small, medium and large firms and universities, and all are tops in their fields. Visit the SIA Board of Judges pages for full profiles.

Final Submission Deadline: November 13, 2017.

Level of Awards:

Summit Award EMA Visionary

Summit Award EMA Innovator

Summit Awards EMA Leader

Visionary Award

Foresight - Recognition for demonstrating unusually keen foresight in emerging media. This status is bestowed on a tiny fraction of entries making this the primary target for emerging media professionals to shoot. (equivalent to gold)

Innovator Award

New Methods - Recognition for introducing new methods. These winning entries are helping direct new methodologies and techniques. (equivalent to silver)


Leader Award

Pacesetter - Recognition for directing movement and helping to lead the industry. These winning entries are pacesetters in all of emerging media. (equivalent to bronze)

Association with the prestige of an SIA competition is press-worthy and garners media exposure.  The SIA is committed to helping winners make the most of their success. Winners are publicized through various media, social networks and at the award's website: www.summitawards.com.

The SIA is the only awards organization to offer winner microsite profiles. The microsites are free, fully customizable company profiles hosted on our highly trafficked website, which drives traffic to winners' sites.  Past winners have had thousands of visitors explore their microsite profiles, increasing their website's prominence and visibility on the internet.

These microsite profiles offer an easy-to-use, built in WYSIWYG editor, space to upload images of winning entries, and links to winners' portfolios. The metatag spider locates winner's sites metatags which significantly increases web rankings. These profiles are visited by companies who search out winners accomplishments while making decisions about where to invest their advertising dollars.

The Awards also provides a comprehensive promotional tools including press templates, winner icons, trophy graphics and examples of winning media coverage. Winning entries receive a personalized certificate on opaque velum with the Summit EMA Awards motif. Customized trophies and additional certificates are also available.


The SIA has the distinct foresight to use world-class judges in the industry and previous top SIA winners that have the know-how to evaluate the merits of ground-breaking advertising using digital technology. Innovator and Leader award winning entries compete with each other for the Visionary award. This means that winners not only meet a minimum standard, but truly stand out from the crowd.

The Awards employs stringent evaluation criteria and blind judging; company names are withheld. Judging takes place during October and November. Entrants are notified of award results electronically, and winners are sent a congratulatory packet by standard mail in December.

Judging Criteria:






  • Uniqueness
  • Audience Reach
  • Strategy
  • Big Idea/Creativity
  • Concept & Content
  • Visual Design/Creativity
  • Graphical user interface
  • Interaction design/Functionality
  • User Experience
  • Marketing message integration
  • Audience Appeal
  • User appeal


Winner Recognition:

The Awards makes available a comprehensive media kit including press templates, winner icons, trophy graphics and examples of winning media coverage. Winning entries receive a personalized certificate on opaque velum with the Summit EMA motif. Customized trophies are also available.

All winners are included in the Winner's Directory. Winners are also entitled to create a web microsite hosted by Summit International Awards which includes searchable meta tags and company profile. The web microsites include representational graphics along with a comprehensive description and link to winner's portfolio. Microsites receive full rotation on the Awards site and RSS feeds.


Payment Forms: Check, Visa, MC, Amex, Paypal


How to Enter:

All contestants enter using the Award's Online Entry/Store.


On-line Entry System:

  1. Browse. Choose the first category in which you choose to enter.
  2. Fill-in, Upload and add to Bag. -  Project Title, Client Name and URL (if applicable), and Upload any files associated with the submission. Add it to your Bag and move to your next project/category. As you choose, they are itemized in your Shopping Bag.
  3. Check Out - Once you have finished adding your submissions to your Bag, you proceed to the Checkout area which gathers company, contact and payment information. When complete, a confirming email arrives itemizing submissions. 



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Are you or a colleague ready to demonstrate your leadership in the industry by serving on the SIA Board of Judges?  

The Summit International Awards puts together high-quality judging teams using its peer-to-peer nomination process. This is one of the primary differences between the SIA and other awards programs and allows SIA winners to celebrate recognition by industry leaders. SIA jury service is a great opportunity to review a wide variety of advertising and other marketing communication from around the world.


In order to ensure impartiality, the awards scores on a curve with minimum standard requirements. Percentage models, or stair-step scoring systems, (100-90, 89-80) are not considered to be reputable evaluation systems by the Summit International Awards.


We seek jurors that have a depth of experience in the industry and a desire to give back. Judges are selected for their industry experience, their ability to recognize exceptional creativity and marketing know-how, and their ability to evaluate submissions according to the guidelines and deadlines set forth by the SIA.

Service opportunities and timing:

Summit Creative Award, May/June

Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award, Sept/Oct

Summit Emerging Media Award, Nov/Dec


All Judging is performed online using the SIA secure jury portal. 


Vetted judges are invited for inclusion as a juror. They are assigned specific categories and may work both individually or as part of a team. Judges agree to review all assigned entries using SIA scoring parameters within the given timeline and in an impartial manner. Adherence to the judging guidelines set forth by the SIA is paramount. Evaluations found not adhering to the SIA judging guidelines will be not be included in the results.


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