Does my designated entry fee cover my entire participation in the 2014 OMA Awards Contest?

Not necessarily. There are additional entry fees for a number of add-ons you may need with your entry, for example, electric for your display is not covered, and costs an additional fee. For a list of the additional entry fees, please visit our Entry Fees page (the list is underneath the initial fees pricing table).

How does judging work for the 2014 OMA Awards Contest?

The first phase of the judging process is completed online. Judges review case history responses and evaluate entry responses to questions focusing on design, engineering, shopper engagement, retail experience, brand performance and sales results.

The second phase of the judging process is completed on the OMA Show floor during GlobalShop. Judges are divided into teams with representation from all areas of the industry including brands, retailers, ad agencies, and producers/suppliers. These teams collectively evaluate the entries in each category, validating their online scores.

For more information on the judging process, how to become a judge, and more, please visit our Judges page.

How is the Creative Best of Show Award judged?

OOMA winners will be judged against the special criteria established for “Creative Best of Show” and only ONE Creative Best of Show award will be awarded in each division. Judging for the Creative Best of Show Award will take place on site at GlobalShop after primary judging has been calculated. Judges will walk the show floor, view all OMA winners and select their top creative display in each division. Judging format consists of formal creative debate with all the judges against the criteria and objectives set in selecting the Creative Best of Show winners. Creative judges are also judges in the OMA contest.


How much does it cost to enter the 2014 OMA Awards Contest?

The cost of entering the 2014 OMA Awards Contest depends on a number of factors, including whether or not you are a POPAI member. For a full breakdown of this year’s entry fees, please visit our Entry Fees page.


What are the award guidelines for the Creative Best of Show Award?

Entries competing for the Creative Best of Show Award will consist of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners from all categories. Non-OMA winners will NOT be considered. Judging will take place on-site after OMA primary results are tallied and calculated.

What are the rules for the 2014 OMA Awards Contest?

With every great competition comes a standard list of rules and regulations for participants. The 2014 OMA Awards Contest is no exception. For a full list of the rules and regulations regarding this year’s competition, please visit our Rules page, or download the full document directly, below:

Download OMA Rules & Regulations

What is GlobalShop?

GlobalShop is the world’s largest annual event for retail design and shopper marketing. It’s the only show in the world where you can find the largest, most comprehensive array of store fixture companies and more in-store solutions than any live event in the nation.

For more information about GlobalShop, please visit www.globalshop.org.

What is simply not covered by my entry fee?

Additionally to applicable add-ons for your entry, there are a few things the entrant is responsible for in entering the contest:

  • Cost of freight handling on the show floor
  • Warehousing freight at Freeman’s warehouse
  • Drayage (moving freight from loading dock to the OMA area)
  • Installation and dismantling of an entry

For more information on entry fees, please visit our Entry Fees page.

What is the Creative Best of Show Award?

POPAI’s Creative Best of Show Award is designed to celebrate the creativity of merchandising design and execution separately from sales results and statistics. The annual winner of the Creative Best of Show Award wins by engaging the creative community and exhibiting excellence based solely on ideation, imagination, and forward thinking.

What is the criteria for the Creative Best of Show Award?

WWinners should exhibit creative excellence in multiple areas; for example, graphic design, construction, and impact. For a full list and more detail on the criteria for the Creative Best of Show Award, please visit the Creative Best of Show page.

What is the OMA Awards Celebration? Is it mandatory to attend?

POPAI’s OMA Awards Celebration is an event post-contest that honors the marketing at retail industry’s best and brightest, and includes a decadent cocktail reception, as well as the announcement of the OMA Award Winners. Attendance is not mandatory, but we find that most entrants in the contest love a good celebration after the good contest! It’s a great night of fun, good food and drink, and a great venue to network as industry professionals come together to recognize the most innovative and effective marketing at retail displays.

Click here for more information on the OMA Awards Celebration.

Who judges the 2014 OMA Awards Contest?

OMA judges are industry professionals comprised of POPAI brand marketers, retailers, ad agencies and producers/suppliers who are both POPAI members and non-members. These experts judge according to standardized and equitable rules in a two-tiered process.

To be considered for a judgeship in 2014, applicants must have 5 years of experience in the marketing at retail industry as a marketer, retailer or producer/supplier. Though our contest is worldwide, English is the official language used for OMA judging.

For more information on the judging of the 2014 OMA Awards, please visit our Judges page.

Who judges the Creative Best of Show Award?

Apanel of Blue Chip Creative Directors will be assembled from various industry backgrounds with experience in permanent, semi-permanent, and temporary merchandising. If you are interested in becoming a judge for the Creative Contest please contact Tammy Mulcahy at tmulcahy@popai.com or call 312-863-2916.