- 2017 CAPIO Annual Conference
Excellence in Communications Awards
CAPIO Awards are presented annually by the California Association of Public Information Officials to honor outstanding public agency information and communications programs. The 2017 awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the Prado at Balboa Park (1549 El Prado, San Diego) during CAPIO’s Annual Conference being held April 3-6, 2017 in San Diego. Click here for directions to the Prado Free Parking available off of President's Way or Pan American Road. Or, valet parking is available for $12. Bus transportation will also be available from the DoubleTree Hotel departing the hotel at 5 pm and 5:30 pm
The 2017 Awards Deadlines are:
CAPIO has established our annual awards program to recognize and honor outstanding professional work and accomplishment. This work represents standards of excellence and creativity and stand as inspiration for those in our profession.
ENTRIES ARE CLOSED FOR 2017 AWARDS PROGRAM
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Entries will be judged on overall quality, effectiveness of message (with measurable results where possible), creativity, and appropriate use of budget, rather than actual budget (with the exception of the “Dollar-Stretcher” category). Thus, projects or entities with smaller budgets can compete effectively with entries that have larger budgets. Generally, awards will be presented for first, second and third place. Where submissions may be fewer than necessary to select these, or if judges deem the quality insufficient, awards of merit or, possibly no awards, may be presented.
Any public information professional representing a California city, county, school, special district or other public agency may participate. In addition, private firms may submit awards on behalf of a public agency; however, the entry must be in the name of the public agency.
All entries must be for work performed and or executed in calendar year 2016. CAPIO membership is not a criteria for entry.
How to Enter
All entries are submitted online. To enter, you must complete and include all of the following items for each entry:
Materials should be submitted as a single PDF and cannot exceed a file size of 15 MB. If you are submitting near the deadline and paying by check, please emailed a copy of the check and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For payment questions or issues submitting your entry, contact the CAPIO office at at email@example.com.
A single work may be entered in multiple categories and an entrant may submit multiple works in each category, as long as separate entry fees are paid for each entry. Entry fees must accompany entries. All entries must be for work completed in 2016. Multi-year entries can be submitted within the appropriate category.
Requirements & Judging
Entries will be judged based on:
Entries in each category will be evaluated by a panel of judges with experience in a wide range of public information and communications practices. All awards will be made at the sole discretion of the judges and are final. Entries will not be returned and become the property of CAPIO.
Finalists will be notified by email in late March 2017 and will also be posted on the CAPIO website. From these finalists, the Award of Excellence winners / placements will be announced on April 5 at the CAPIO Awards of Excellence Ceremony in San Diego at the Prado at Balboa Park.
Award finalists are encouraged to bring a display if possible to show at the Annual conference. Displays can include marketing promotional items, a binder or folder with program collateral, an image poster (on foam core backing if possible), or other creative display form. If finalists cannot attend the conference, the display can be sent to the CAPIO office or the conference hotel for display at the conference.
Entries are for work performed and or executed in calendar year 2016. There is a multi-year category for work that began in 2015 and continued through 2016, but was completed in 2016. If your project continues into 2017, we typically recommend that you wait until the project is fully complete so you can report on the metrics from the program. However, you may elect to submit on a portion of the program - such as the development or planning process. A single work may be entered in multiple entry categories and an entrant may submit multiple works in each entry category, as long as separate entry fees are paid for each submittal.
COMMUNICATION AND MARKETING TOOLS (PRINT, ELECTRONIC AND VIDEO) - MAIN CATEGORY
1. Publications (Sub-Category)
2. Digital/Interactive (Sub-Category)
3. Video Production (Sub-Category)
MARKETING GRAPHIC DESIGN AND PHOTOGRAPHY (MAIN CATEGORY)
1. Graphic Design and Photography (Includes Custom Photography, Illustrations, Logos, Maps/Guides, Posters, etc.) (Entry Category) Entries in this category should demonstrate unique creativity, command the target audience's attention, and effectively communicate a specific message or theme, whether it is a call-to-action, an issue campaign, or an overview of an event or certain agency/organization. Includes designs and photos for print and electronic purposes, color and black-and-white. Be sure to include examples of the artwork created along with links, if applicable.
3. Most Effective Data Visualization/Infographics (Entry-Category) An effective and creative graphical and educational display of complex or comprehensive information, data, or call-to-action for internal or external audiences.
COMMUNICATION AND MARKETING PROCESSES AND CAMPAIGNS (MAIN CATEGORY)
1. Go Green / Environmental / Conservation Programs (Entry Category) Effective communication programs encouraging water and energy conservation, waste reduction/recycling, and resource efficiencies.
2. Special Events and / or Media Press Conferences (Sub Category) Marketing tools and special activities to promote celebrations, dedications, ribbon cuttings and other programs. Focuses on events which resulted in increased constituent engagement and raising the profile of the government or government activity program, event, service, product or other government-related information.
4. Marketing Plans and Branding/Targeted Campaigns (Entry Category) Effective communications plans and/or branding targeted marketing campaigns designed to achieve a particular result, e.g., voter registration, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, major infrastructure improvements, promoting new service, reinforcing or establishing identity/brand of agency or community, etc.
5. Most Creative Activity with Least Dollars Spent - "The Dollar Stretcher Award" (Entry Category) Programs and materials that generate big impact with few resources expended. Entries in all categories complete with limited funding that display creative use of funds to produce a quality product and achieve the intended goal. "Produced with nothing but your shoelaces." Must specify budget, additional resources and specific methods used to evaluate results.
6. Most Innovative Communications (Entry Category) Recognizes a local government communications activity that pushes the limits of innovation, creativity or technology to reach an intended audience.
7. Crisis Communications/Public Safety Campaign (Entry Category) Includes ongoing/general preparedness or specific crisis, man-made or natural disaster.