The Awards Committee has recently expanded the eligibility criteria for the awards. Rather than solely focusing on 2022 vessels, we are pleased to announce that vessels built and delivered between 2020 and 2022 will now be included.

The global pandemic has had a significant impact on various industries, including the superyacht sector. Despite these extraordinary circumstances, yacht builders, designers, and industry professionals have demonstrated admirable resilience and creativity. It is essential that we acknowledge and recognize the exceptional vessels that have been created during this challenging period.

Yacht registrations for the Design Awards are open for all custom yachts, first hull of a series or refit projects launched and delivered between January 2020 and December 31, 2022.

Last year, a committee of builders and designers revamped the ISS Design Awards, replacing the previous feet/meters categories with new tonnage categories that now include:

Best in Sail <500 GT (above 24m), Best in Sail 500 + GT, Best in Motor <500 GT (above 24m), Best in Motor 500 <1500 GT, Best in Motor 1500<3000 GT, Best in Motor 3000<5000 GT, Best in Motor 5000 + GT and Refit

We are excited to announce the launch of the new design award format, which provides us with an opportunity to host and recognize the very best in the industry. The award ceremony will take place at The Ritz-Carlton on Fort Lauderdale beach on Thursday, October 26, 2023.

To participate, the designated vessel administrator will be required to complete the following steps:

  • Appoint one dedicated person to be the vessel administrator and create an account here. You will receive a notification email once your request is approved and then you can proceed with the next steps (check your spam inbox if you do not receive).
  • The vessel administrator will need to complete a portfolio, which will be uploaded to a private section on the ISS website that is exclusively dedicated to voting and judging. This area will not be visible to the public at any time.
  • Each vessel administrator must obtain written permission from the yacht owner to participate in the awards process.
  • The portfolio must include an image gallery of the vessel that showcases specific areas, such as the exterior, interior, and technologically advanced special features.
  • The portfolio should include a description of the vessel’s distinctive features and the reasons why it is exceptional compared to other yachts in terms of design, practicality, performance, and craftsmanship. Additionally, any new advancements in yacht design, such as environmental innovations or noteworthy inventions, should be highlighted.
  • Upload a general arrangement plan.

After the judges evaluate the entries, the finalists will be informed in advance and requested to submit additional materials for the awards ceremony. All finalists are advised to have a representative present at the gala to accept the award if they are announced as the winner.

By submitting images for the awards, you are acknowledging that you have the necessary rights to use the images and that you have obtained any necessary permissions from copyright owners of the images.

We look forward to receiving your nominations. Please contact Vanessa Stuart at if you have any questions.