In order for a creation to be eligible for an award, it must be labeled with a MOC card. If a creation has been at Brickworld previously, it will only be eligible for an award if it has undergone significant modification. Determination of whether modifications are significant is the sole responsibility of the judges. Brickworld listed collaborative displays are exempted from this eligibility restriction to encourage continued building in that theme. Brickworld Master can be awarded to an individual only once.
Best of Brickworld Chicago Film – Attendee
This award is for the film submitted to the Brickworld Film Festival will be awarded to the film submitted by a convention attendee that receives the most votes from the audience at the festival screening.
Best of Brickworld Chicago Film – International
This award is for the film submitted to the Brickworld Film Festival will be awarded to the film that receives the most votes from the audience at the festival screening.
Best of Brickworld Chicago Film – Judges' Choice
This award is for the film submitted to the Brickworld Film Festival will be awarded to the film submitted by a convention attendee that is the best combination of technical, visual, aural, and storytelling elements as deemed by the Cinema Coordinators.
This award refers to a creation with mechanical function that displays complex mechanics in motion or in moving an object. It may or may not be computerized. But, computer control of simple motion is not the same as a complex mechanical motion. Looks of the creation are a very minor consideration for judging and should be a minor consideration when placing your vote. This category is not about the best looking creation with movement. It is about being the most mechanically imaginative. This creation can be included as part of a layout and nominated separate from the layout.
Best GBC Module
Award for best Great Ball Machine (GBC) module that shows the most innovation, imagination and originality. Reliability and overall apparel are key factors. This can be awarded to a module that has previously been displayed at Brickworld Chicago.
Best Special Effects
Award for best train engine or car. This can be in any scale and does not have to be operational.
Best Youth Creation
Award for best creation built by a youth fan 12 years old or younger and can be any theme.
Best Teen Creation
Best Land Vehicle
Award for best land traversing vehicle creation, this can be in any scale and excludes trains.
Best Sea Vessel
Award for best water traversing vehicle creation, this can be in any scale and does not need to float.
Award for best outer space vehicle creation, this can be in any scale.
Best Air Ship
Award for best flying vehicle creation, this can be in any scale and does not need to actually fly.
Award for best (non-constraction) creature creation, this can be in any scale and can be a bust or complete creature.
Best Large Building
Award for best large building, non-medieval, creation. Large buildings are defined as any minifig-scale and larger builds, and any building with a large footprint, regardless of scale, will also be in this category.
Best Small Building
Award for best small building, non-medieval creation. Small buildings are defined as anything minifig-scale or smaller. Large footprint builds, regardless of scale, will be put under large building category.
Best Medieval Building
Award for best medieval building creation, this can be in any scale and any size, and includes castle and fantasy genres.
Award for best vignette creation, which captures a scene and can be in any scale, and should be smaller than a baseplate.
Award for best mecha creation, this should be an exoskeleton operated by a pilot.
Award for best non-mosaic artwork. Creations in this category will be judged based on both building technique and message/content of the work.
Award for best creation or recreation of a two-dimensional image.
Award for best humorous creation.
Award for best creation in 1:1 scale.
Previously known as Best Replica.
Best Pop Culture
Best Star Wars
Best Individual Large Layout
Award for best layout that is built by a single person. This Layout can be a singular large build, or a series of builds that add up to a single uniform layout. Large layout is generally 6 or more baseplates.
Best Individual Small Layout
Best Train Layout
Award for best Train layout, built either individually or by a group which features an operational train track. Given the evolutions of large train layouts, train layouts are eligible for awards if a previous iteration has been displayed and may win awards multiple years.
Best Large Group Layout
Award for best Group layout, built by a large group of builders that create the most impressive and/or striking group creation. Large group is generally 4 or more builders.
Previous known as Best Group Layout
Best Small Group Layout
Lifetime award to the individual that represents the finest of all builders at Brickworld. It represents their entire body of work at Brickworld and is not limited to a single year’s display or contributions but lifetime of work. This is about the combined artistic and creative innovations combined with greatest skill and execution and represents the Best of Brickworld.
Brickworld Master builder is also responsible for the Gugick trophies - a small build that will be placed on everyone's display the subsequent year. Individuals can only win Brickworld Masters once a lifetime.
Best In Show
Awarded for the creation/layout that is considered best display at the event. This takes into consideration both attendee and public interest and excitement.
Two awards are awarded to two creations that are awesome which do not fit into nominations. This judged award is determined after the nomination process.
Award for best creation that fits the yearly theme.
World of Lights Award
Award for best creation using lighting as seen during the world of lights. This award is judged and sponsored by Lifelites.
Awarded to the person/group that does the most to make a display accessible to widest variety of people, which may included viewing angles for people in a wheelchair or young children, playable features, visual impairment features etc. This award is as much about the person/people tending the display than the actual display.
The creation can be awarded multiple years.
Previously known as Inclusivity Award