Award Submissions for 2017 have closed as of August 13. Thank you for participating! Subscribe to the SAC Newsletter for notifications when 2018 submissions are open.

Award Categories

The Best in Class awards for each of these categories will qualify to be considered for the Award of Excellence. The Reger Smith Cutting Edge Award is also selected from the Best in Class award recipients. Each category will include a Student award based on student excellence.

Design

+ Print

The award for print design is given for the best individual print project. Submissions are judged by quality of design, which includes an effective use of design principles, as well as on the use of the print medium, which can include paper choice, print quality, and specialty printing techniques. Awarded to designers, art directors, and/or creative directors.

+ Websites

The award for website design is given for the best website. Submissions are judged by quality of design, which includes an effective use of design principles, as well as the use of the digital medium, which can include UX, interactions, animations, and transitions. Awarded to designers, developers, art directors, and/or creative directors.

+ Interactive

The award for interactive design is given for the best non-website, interactive project, which can include apps, software, VR experiences, or other new media and interactive projects. Submissions are judged by the quality of experience design, which will be evaluated against similar projects in the industry, and on the use of the particular medium. Awarded to designers, developers, engineers, art directors, and/or creative directors.

+ Comprehensive

The award for comprehensive design is given for the best comprehensive design system, spanning print and/or digital pieces. Submissions are judged on the quality of design as well as on creative yet consistent extensions of the design system across applications, as well as on the use of the included mediums. Awarded to designers, art directors, and/or creative directors.

Writing

+ News

News article entries should reflect use of effective reporting and will be judged according to quality of writing, clarity, design, construction and originality. Stories must be well defined and framed clearly. Published in print or online. Awarded to writers.

+ Feature (longform - magazines, newsletters, blogs)

Long feature piece or collection of pieces, will be judged according to the quality of writing as well as clarity, design, construction and originality. Long feature piece should effectively represent organization as well as convey organizational messages. Published in print or online. Awarded to writers, editors.

+ Feature (shortform - 500 words or less)

Short feature piece that is 500 words or less will be judged according to quality of writing and reporting as well as clarity, design, construction and originality. Published in print or online. Awarded to writers.

+ Micro-Copy (ad copy, social media)

Contextualized phrase or short sentences that makes an impact to a targeted audience and moves/inspires them to action. Published online. Awarded to writers.

Video

+ Broadcast

Entries will be judged according to their effectiveness to communicate through the use of broadcast television to the viewer through the skillful use of writing, photography, editing, music (if any) and broadcast technical standards. Entry must meet current FCC standards If intended for broadcast in the United States. Content must be original, with appropriate broadcast licenses for the use of any copyrighted, or trademarked material. Awarded to producers, showrunners, directors, editors, photographers, and production teams that had significant creative input in the program.

+ Web

Entries will be judged according to their effectiveness to communicate with the website user through the skillful use of writing, photography, editing, music (if any) and IP technical standards. Content must be original, with appropriate Internet licenses for the use of any copyrighted, or trademarked material. Awarded to producers, showrunners, directors, editors, photographers, and production teams that had significant creative input in the program.

+ Short-film

Entries will be judged according to their effectiveness to communicate through short-film (40 minutes or less) through the skillful use of writing, photography, editing, music (if any) and generally accepted high technical standards. Content must be original, with appropriate short film licenses for the use of any copyrighted, or trademarked material. Awarded to producers, screenwriters, showrunners, cinematographers, editors, and film crews that had significant creative input in the program.

Spoken Word

+ Radio

Entries will be judged according to their effectiveness to communicate to the radio listener through the skillful use of writing, editing, music (if any) natural effects (if any) and high technical standards. Entry must meet current FCC standards If intended for broadcast in the United States. Content must be original, with appropriate licenses for the use of any copyrighted, or trademarked material. Awarded to producers, hosts, writers, editors, sound designers, and radio crews that had significant creative input in the program.

+ Podcast

Entries will be judged according to their effectiveness to communicate to the listener through the skillful use of writing, editing, music (if any) natural effects (if any) and high technical standards. Content must be original, with appropriate licenses for the use of any copyrighted, or trademarked material. Awarded to producers, hosts, writers, editors, sound designers, and crews that had significant creative input in the program.

Campaign

+ Campaign

A campaign is a collection of communication or marketing pieces with a cohesive visuals and messaging, created for the purpose of branding, advertising, or promotion. Campaigns may include or consist of postcards, posters, brochures, magazines, as well as other print pieces; they may include or consist of websites, emails, social media posts, and other digital pieces; and they may include or consist of spoken word, video, or other time-based mediums.

Submissions are judged by messaging, strategy, management of resources, and creative direction. Awarded to directors, communication managers, web managers, and/or social media managers.

 

Professional Recognition Awards

Nomination Guidelines (for Student, Young Professional & Lifetime Achievement:
The nominees will be judged on their work experience and contributions to the field of communication. Nominations should be emailed with required information to danweber@nadadventist.org. 

+ Student award

The student award is designed to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence not only in the classroom, but on-the-job as well. Nominees should not only have an exemplary academic record, but seek involvement in professional organizations, extracurricular activities, internships and on-the-job training.

The Student Award nomination should include:

  • Name of nominee
  • Name of nominator
  • Nominator’s connection to the nominee
  • Nominee’s college or university
  • Year in school
  • Academic accomplishments (notable outcomes)
  • Work experience highlights (notable outcomes)
  • Personal qualities and volunteer service
  • Why the nominee is deserving of the award

+ Young Professional Award

The Young Professional award recognizes young talent in the communication field. Nominees should be 35 years old or younger and have not only demonstrated strong communication skills, but made significant contributions to the field.

The Young Professional Award nomination should include the following:

  • Name of nominee
  • Name of nominator
  • Nominator’s connection to the nominee
  • Age of nominee
  • Education background (if possible include dates, institutions and degrees or certification conferred)
  • Work experience (where, when and what)
  • Professional accomplishments (notable outcomes)
  • Personal qualities
  • Community involvement and service (applicable committee work, church positions, volunteer service, etc.)

+ Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is designed for a professional who has worked in communication for at least 25 years and has made a substantial contribution to the field.

The Lifetime Achievement Award nomination should include the following:

  • Name of nominee
  • Name of nominator
  • Nominator’s connection to the nominee
  • Education background (if possible include dates, institutions and degrees or certification conferred)
  • Work experience (where, when and what)
  • Professional accomplishments (notable outcomes)
  • Personal qualities
  • Community involvement and service (applicable committee work, church positions, volunteer service, etc.)
  • Significant contributions to the realm of communication to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
 
 

Submissions

 

2017 Submission deadline: August 13, 2017