Application details

Application Details International Sound Awards 2018


Please find here an overview of relevant information for the International Sound Awards 2018.

Key dates

  • Application: from 15th March to 31st May 2018
    (Applications must have been made by May 31st, i.e. filled out application form. However, submission material can be sent until June 7th.)
  • Judging: June 2018
  • Notification of nominees: in July 2018 via email
  • Publication in the online gallery: July 2018
  • Award ceremony: 20th September 2018 during the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg


Better Sound 2018: Nominated works will be honoured
ISAbell Winner: The best works will be honoured
ISAbell Grand Prix: Outstanding works will be honoured


Submission fee per case per category: 300,- Euro
Applicants can submit in more than one category. For every additional category a fee of 100 Euro will be charged. Transportation and travelling expenses must be carried by the applicant if, in exceptional cases, a submission must be sent for assessment. Following services are included:
  • Examination of the submitted material
  • Processing information for the jury
  • Processing information for the online gallery
  • Processing information for the Award Show
  • Processing information for other communication
Per case on nomination: 400,- Euro
Nomination comprises following services:
  • Entry in the Nominees Online Gallery
  • “Better Sound 2018” badge for own communication
  • Entry in the Yearbook
  • A copy of the Yearbook
  • Certificate “Better Sound 2018”
  • Two complimentary tickets for the Award Show and the exhibition
  • Mentioning in communication channels like press releases, newsletters, facebook, twitter, etc.
For the Awards (Winner or Grand Prix) per case and award:  300,- Euro
The honouring with an Award comprises following services:
  • Entry in the Winners Online Gallery
  • “Winner/Grand Prix” badge for own communication
  • The presentation of the trophy at the venue
  • Winner certificate
  • Professional winner photo at the venue
  • Mentioning in communication channels like press releases, newsletters, facebook, twitter, etc.
  • Applicants can book a stand at the venue to display their project on September 20th. Note: Limited numbers of stands available. Nominees have priority in booking a stand. Fee is 300,- Euro.
  • Nominees get the chance to present their project at the ‘ISA Sessions’ on September 19th. The  Sessions are part of the official Reeperbahn Festival Conference program. Fee for a presentation is 300,- Euro.

We give discounts on submission and winner fees for nonprofit organizations and mere student projects (only involving students). The submission fee is 100 Euro. In case of winning an award, 150 Euro will be charged. Fees for nomination are waived.


All fees are subject to VAT. Payment takes place on invoicing. Submissions are valid and admitted for judging after payment has been completed. Payments can be made by wire transfer or PayPal, credit cards are not accepted.

General requirements

  • Projects must have been put into practice
  • Category Research & Development: Studies should be substantially completed. Development should have reached prototype status with proof of concept
  • All submissions must be entered online
  • Submission material must be in English

Compulsory submission material

  • 350 characters incl. spaces
  • Essential project information in short
Detailed project description
  • 3,000 characters incl. spaces
  • This text should include relevant background information on the submitted work
    (e.g. outset – idea – concept – solution procedure – results)
  • The text will be presented to the jury
  • On nomination, both texts – abstract and detailed project description – will be published in the Yearbook and online
Presentation images
  • Format: .tif, .pdf or .psd
  • Dimensions: at least 2480 px * 3508 px (portrait) and 3508 px * 2480 px  (landscape)
  • The images should be representative for the submitted work and will be used for presentation purposes
Information on credits


Optional, but highly recommended
Case film (max. 120 seconds)

Format: 16:9, Full HD, MPEG4
The film should have a data rate of at least 15 kbit/sec. The film should elaborate on the project and will be presented to the jury and published online on nomination. 

Award video (max. 30 seconds)

Format: 16:9, Full HD, MPEG4
The film should have a data rate of at least 15 kbit/sec. The video will be shown at the Award Show.

Further supporting material

Format: GIF, JPEG, TIFF, PDF, mp3, MPEG4, QuickTime, AVI or MOV.

Please provide the complete material via data exchange. The material should not exceed 250 MB.



Judging procedure

All correctly and timely submitted applications will be presented to the jury. The jury consists of internationally known experts from the categories listed for the competition.
Overall criteria for the judges are: Smart, innovative and useful solutions that make the world sound better. The focus is on SOLUTIONS for all kinds of sound challenges, whereas SOUND is understood in a broad sense. Applicants will receive a written notice on the results from the jury. The jury’s decision is final.

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