More than 350 of the upstream oil and gas industry’s brightest minds gathered Thursday to find out, and celebrate, the winners of the 2019 World Oil Awards. The awards ceremony, now in its 18th year, seeks to recognize and honor the upstream oil and gas industry’s top innovations and innovators.

Honorees took home awards in 18 categories—encompassing the full breadth of the upstream industry—from the gala event in Houston, Texas. Today’s innovations, many of which would have seemed far-fetched a generation ago, are enabling operators to find and produce hydrocarbons more safely, economically and efficiently.

This year, more than 260 nominations were submitted from over 90 companies in more than a dozen countries around the world. Two new categories were introduced: Best Water Management Technology and Best Oilfield Fluids and Chemicals Award (combined from last year). Ninety-four finalists were selected, and the award winners were hand-picked by the World Oil Awards advisory board as this year’s most groundbreaking industry developments.