Inverness Festival Association owns or cares for 90 shields, trophies and cups. If all classes that award trophies etc. are entered, then 88 of these are awarded each year. There are also 6 levels of certificate – Fair, Moderate, Merit, Commended, Distinction, and Outstanding. The competitive element of the Festival culminates with the prestigious Premier Competitions.

Trophies may be withheld at the discretion of the adjudicator. Persons awarded trophies are expected to arrange for and meet the cost of engraving by the authorised festival engraver and sign a letter of undertaking for its safekeeping and return. Trophies must be returned as instructed not later than 4 weeks before the start of the festival.