Nomination Details

Nomination Form PDF


IHAF’s In-House Agency of the Year is the only award of its kind, recognizing the unique contributions of internal agencies and creative services organizations. Each year, IHAF announces the criteria for the award upon which submissions will be judged. The entry period runs from April through August, with applications accepted from teams of all sizes and varieties.


Any in-house agency or corporate creative organization is eligible to submit their "story" for consideration, specific to the submission criteria defined by IHAF for the year. The details of this year's submission criteria can be found hereNominations must be based on in-house agency performance from January 1 to December 31, 2019.

Entry Fees

All Entries (received by August 31, 2020)

   IHAF Members: $150 per nomination

   Non-Members: $300 per nomination

Entry fees may be paid online via credit card or by requesting an invoice during the submission proccess. Entries will not be judged unless full payment is received by the deadline. Entry fees are non-refundable. One nomination per team. 

Entry Deadline

Entries must be received via our online nomination form no later than August 31, 2020, including additional materials accompanying each entry. Entries received after the stated deadline will not be considered.


Following the entry deadline, nomination forms along with any additional material submitted are reviewed by a panel of judges, comprised of in-house agency executives and leaders in the advertising/marketing community. Entries are evaluated individually and scored via a points system on recorded ballots. Judges have the opportunity to include comments specific to each entry, which may be referenced in the presentation of the awards and/or provided as feedback to entrants. In the event of a tie, the judging panel assembles to discuss the entries and align on a winner.

Award Announcement

Three finalists are announced during the IHAF Conference & Awards event in November. Of those, one is named In-House Agency of the Year. The winning team is presented with a crystal trophy and the two finalists teams receive framed certificates. Following the event, the winner and two finalists are featured on the IHAF website.

Final Details

IHAF assumes that all entries are original, with all information and/or work provided being the rightful property of the entrant with all rights granted therein. IHAF is not liable for copyright infringement on the part of the entrant and will not engage in copyright disputes. Materials submitted for entry will not be returned.

If you have any questions, please contact Hollis Gesen at 617-587-3945 or Thank you—and we look forward to receiving your submissions!