THE International Exposition Bureau will choose 33 top Expo pavilions based on appearances, exhibitions and presentation of the Expo theme from about 100 pavilions built by countries and international organizations.
Three awards -- gold, silver and bronze -- will be given to pavilions with the most innovative but easy to understand designs when awards are announced at the end of the Expo.
Prizes also will be given to those with the most comfortable environment and educatiional exhibitions.
Pavilions that show a deep understanding and clearly present the Expo theme of Better City, Better Life will also be rewarded.
A total of 33 awards will be shared between the 83 stand-alone pavilions and 11 joint pavilions.
A single pavilion can win multi-awards.
The result will be announced on October 30, the BIE Honor Day at the Expo.
A selection committee of nine members, including three top BIE officials and experts on architecture and urban planning, will visit each pavilion in July and October and decide the winners.
The corporate pavilions and Urban Best Practices Area pavilions also will be eligible for the competition.
The awards have been a tradition of World Expos since the first World Exposition in London in 1851. The competition stopped in 1985 at World Expo Brussels in Belgium and restarted in 2005 at World Expo Aichi in Japan.
The bureau aims to encourage pavilions to better present the Expo theme, said Vicente Loscertales, secretary-general of the Bureau of International Expositions and a member of the jury.
He said his major impression so far of Expo Shanghai was that the quality of pavilions exceeded that at previous Expos.
BIE President Jean-Pierre Lafon, also a jury member, praised the event by saying that, so far, everything is well organized at Expo 2010 Shanghai.