Awards of Excellence

The National Association of County Information Officers was formed in 1966 to bring together communications professionals who wanted to share and exchange information with county public information officers from across the United States.

Each year, NACIO hosts its Awards of Excellence in Communications contest to recognize the best works of county public information officers and state association of counties communications staff. Awards of Excellence winners demonstrate the highest level of proficiency in their work and display best practices for peers nationwide.

Best of Show and Best of Class awards are presented in a special ceremony held during the annual conference of the National Association of Counties (NACo), in which county elected leaders and administrators are invited to receive the honors.

Award Types

  • Best of Show: Awarded to the most outstanding single entry in the entire competition.
  • Best of Class: Best overall entry for the entire category.
  • Superior: Exceptional work among peers.
  • Excellence: Exceeds industry standards.
  • Meritorious: Good Work

Award Categories

  • Annual Reports
  • Brochures, Multiple-page Booklets
    • One-page brochure (bi-fold or tri-fold)
    • Multiple page booklets
  • Publications (Published regularly and for internal use or external distribution)
    • Internal Publication
    • External Publication
  • Writing
    • News Writing
    • Feature Writing or Columns
    • News Releases
    • Speeches
  • Graphic Design
    • Logos, Themes and Letterheads
    • Graphics for Brochures and Publications
    • Special Graphics (including posters, t-shirts, etc.)
  • Photographs (You may submit original photographs, reproductions, or published copies)
    • Single Color or Black & White Print or Series of Photographs
  • Audiovisual Production (Please note playtime on DVDs)
    • One time Video Programming
    • Video Series
    • Podcasts or audio programming (e.g. PSA)
  • Special Projects
    • Ceremonies or Community Events
    • Public Education Campaign/Event
  • Electronic Communications
    • Websites (please include URL address)
    • Best Facebook Page
    • Best Twitter Feed
    • Email Newsletter to citizens

Entry Guidelines

The National Association of County Information Officers is seeking entries for the 2017 Awards of Excellence. This contest recognizes and awards outstanding public relations and public information work being done in counties across the nation.


This contest is open to counties eligible to join the National Association of Counties, or any staff of an eligible state counties association. Entrants are not required to be current members of NACo or NACIO.

All entries must have been produced by the contestant with outside assistance strictly limited to support functions (typesetting, printing, technical and production services.) Projects contracted to outside individuals, studios, ad agencies, and public relations firms are not eligible.

Entries must have been created between January 1 and December 31, 2016.


Submit by April 28, 2017: $35 per entry per catagory for NACIO members.

$50 per entry per for non-NACIO members.

Submit between April 28  - May 5: $50 per entry per catagory for NACIO members

$65 per entry per catagory for non-NACIO members.

*Pay online through PayPal with your submission entry


The deadline to submit is May 5, 2017

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