The Best Booth Awards recognize the exceptional exhibitors who have gone above and beyond in creating extraordinary displays that set new standards for innovation. Judged by an independent group of trade show industry professionals with no affiliation to the automotive aftermarket, all AAPEX exhibitors are eligible to win. Finalists and winners will be notified by an AAPEX representative on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Winners will be announced later that day at 2 p.m. during the Best Booth Awards presentation at the AAPEX Stage.


Categories are mostly designated by booth size and configuration (linear, peninsula, and island). Below is the list of our standard categories:

  • Best 10×10 
  • Best Linear (200 sq. ft. or more) 
  • Best Small Peninsula (Less than 800 sq. ft.) 
  • Best Large Peninsula (800 sq. ft. or more) 
  • Best Small Island (Less than 800 sq. ft.) 
  • Best Large Island (800 sq. ft. or more) 
  • Best Pavilion 
  • Best in Show: 10×10 or Linear 
  • Best in Show: Peninsula or Island 


Booths in the above categories will be judged on the following:

Creative, Attention-Grabbing Techniques 

  • Attractive imagery and graphics 
  • Unique exhibit property 
  • Attractive in-booth promotions 

Effective Visual Communications 

  • Crystal clear value propositions and messaging 
  • Thoughtful brand integration 
  • Smart use of signage 

Smart Exhibit Access & Attendee Navigation 

  • Effective crowd management  
  • Effective and efficient wayfinding 
  • Creative navigation methods 

Engaging & Informative Presentations & Demonstrations 

  • Visual support of key messages 
  • Cool stations and kiosks 
  • Unique ways of providing takeaway information for visitors 

Effective Staffing Practices 

  • Easy-to-recognize staff apparel or identification 
  • Cool and creative staff apparel 
  • Impressive staff behaviors 

Exhibitors participating in the AAPEX Exhibitor Sustainability Pledge are also eligible to win the new Sustainability award. Booths in this category will be judged on a combination of information provided in their pledge and sustainability efforts within their booth.

Take a look at the winners from 2022.