Welcome! This is your entrance to ACI's annual awards contest. Judging for the 2016 contest is underway and no more entries are being accepted at this time.

We are the only nationwide competition exclusively for education, information and public relations professionals who specialize in conservation. Our members work at state and federal agencies and conservation organizations. This contest recognizes excellence in 28 categories and promotes craft improvement through competition. Winners are announced at the annual summer conference.

To enter, your agency or organization must be a member in good standing, which means your dues must be paid by Dec. 31, 2016. Check with Treasurer Judy Stokes if you have any question about whether your agency is a member in good standing.

To eliminate the cost and hassle of mailing entries — and take advantage of the latest technology — ACI's contest moved to this online platform for the 2016 contest year. All entries must be submitted in electronic format. Learn more about ACI or find the results of past contests at ACI-net.org/awards.

What else is new?

  • To ensure that ACI can cover the cost of an online contest, the membership agreed to raise the entry fee from $30 to $40 per entry. The payment process has not changed.
  • Instead of the traditional category chairs (one per category), we have a six-person support team ready to help you with the new process. Each "group chair" is responsible for a group of categories (for example, the Magazine Group chair is now responsible for the five magazine categories).
  • All entries and winners will be available for viewing online after winners are announced.
  • We have reactivated the Video PSA category.
  • We've split the Graphics category into two; one for advertising/display, the other for layout. The advertising/display category is for graphics with few elements, in which text is not dominant (for example, a logo or billboard). The layout category is for designs with many elements, in which text plays a major role (for example, a sign or magazine article).

How do I get started?

  • Before you can enter the contest, you'll need to register. Just click the "Register" button and provide the requested information, and you're on your way!
  • Helpful tip: Save your work often. If you experience problems, click "save," then logout or quit and login again. Please report ongoing problems to me immediately. This is our first year running the contest online, and I am committed to solving the inevitable issues as they arise.

At any time, if you have question about this contest, please contact me. I'm happy to help!

~Julie Hammonds, Awards Committee Chair, Arizona
(623) 236-7228 or jhammonds@azgfd.gov