Summit Creative Award – Summit Awards

Celebrating 26-Years of Creative Excellence

Small and medium-sized agencies worldwide produce a great deal of outstanding advertising, yet creative competitions are dominated by large advertising agencies, large clients, and large budgets. Since 1994, the Summit Creative Award has recognized creative firms and helped them stand out in the crowd. This international advertising competition offers participants a unique opportunity to showcase their talents alongside similarly positioned agencies, and to have their work judged by experts in the advertising field. Our exclusive award-selection process means winners have earned the right to broadcast their achievements far and wide. Companies and individuals from more than 50 countries and across five continents have participated in this prestigious 26-year competition – the first and best of its kind.
Our organization, whose aim is to laud the creative work of less-than-huge agencies make competition affordable and accessible. We offer streamlined internet submissions, many ways to tout winner’s achievements, and a friendly, knowledgeable customer service staff. Award certificates and internet medallions are free to winners, and elegant custom trophies are optionally available as well.
Summit Awards offers:Who Should Enter:
International recognition
Prestigious 26-year reputation
Reputable blind judging
Affordable entry cost
Signature, custom trophies
No required "acceptance fee" for winners
Friendly, knowledgeable customer support
Positive exposure
Advertising, Digital, and PR Agencies
In-house Marketing/Creative Departments
Internet Media Firms
Web Designers
Creative Boutiques
Freelance Professionals
Media Outlets
Graphic Designers

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The Summit Creative Award is exclusively for companies, boutiques, and individuals with annual billings below $30 million (see SCA Guidelines for more information).

Judging scope

Each category employs slightly different judging criteria. Broadly, the following is the SCA judging criteria:

The strength of Concept/Ideation/Big Idea (originality and uniqueness of approach; message targeting, and honing; the synergy between concept, copy, and layout/execution) 1-20 pts.

Quality of execution (How well the idea was executed (visual appeal, the tone of voice, chosen media, placement, etc.) 1-10 pts.

Ability to communicate and persuade (How well did the creative move the target audience closer to the action or encourage a change in thoughts) 1-10 pts. Judges’ power points (used at the discretion of judges to boost submissions they identify as exemplary) 0-10 pts.


Winning entries receive the coveted Best of Show, Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Finalist awards. Our signature custom trophies are a symbol of creative excellence and demonstrate that your firm has achieved the pinnacle of advertising and marketing communication success.

Judges select Best of Show from among Gold-winning entries. To ensure SCA and winner’s integrity, the competition’s bylaws limit the number of winning entries.


Association with the prestige of the Summit Awards competition is press-worthy and garners media and social exposure.

The Summit Awards is committed to helping winners make the most of their success. Winners are publicized through various platforms, social networks and at the award’s website:

The Summit Awards 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 meta tag spider locates winners' sites meta tags which significantly increase web rankings. These profiles are visited by companies who search out winners’ accomplishments while making decisions about where to invest their advertising dollars.

Industry Assistance

The Summit Awards is the only awards organization that gives back to the industry by offering need-based assistance to qualified entrants and discounted fee structures for students. Summit Awards is committed to helping reduce barriers for freelancers who need financial assistance. Please email for details.

  • Andrew Oleson | Owner
    I'm so proud of my team. I know the work they do is exceptional, and seeing it put against other agency work, run through the gauntlet, and still come out with a win speaks volumes.
    Andrew Oleson | Owner
    PDG + creative
  • Andrew Oleson | Owner
    I'm so proud of my team. I know the work they do is exceptional, and seeing it put against other agency work, run through the gauntlet, and still come out with a win speaks volumes.
    Andrew Oleson | Owner
    PDG + creative
  • Debi Burrows | Head Storyteller and Strategist
    Winning a Summit Creative Award is an exciting accomplishment with vetted judges, tough criteria, and the blind judging processes. We are ecstatic to have been chosen for this prestigious international award.
    Debi Burrows | Head Storyteller and Strategist
    Penguin Suits
  • Stephanie Crockett | Senior Vice President
    We’re honored to receive a Silver Summit Award and elated that our work is being celebrated by our clients and the industry.
    Stephanie Crockett | Senior Vice President
    Eric Mower + Associates
  • Nicole Hanusek | Owner
    We are honored to accept this award, as it is a culmination of all of our hard work as a team. Go, team!
    Nicole Hanusek | Owner
    Smack Happy Design
  • Vintage Foster | President
    This was our first time winning a Summit Creative Award. We’re extremely honored to be awarded, for the competition in this awards program runs deep.
    Vintage Foster | President
    AMF Media Group
  • mirrored-media
    We are honored and thrilled by the recognition of this award. Working on this campaign was not only a great experience but also one that yielded some game-changing results. We can't wait to go back at it.
    Justin Lefkovitch | Founder and CEO
    Mirrored Media

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