Communications Contest

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2017 CCA Institute

2017

We know you’ve all got them — hot projects and stories you completed over the past year. So why not show them off? That’s right, it’s time to submit your hottest examples of writing, photography, programs, projects and publications for the 2017 CCA Communications Contest.

The Cooperative Communicators Association Contest is one way you can expand your communication skills as well as demonstrate your knowledge and expertise. Outstanding communicators and their work will be recognized during the Communications Contest Awards Program in Baton Rouge, La., at the annual CCA Institute in June. Working professionals will critique your entries and select winners in a blind judging process. Contest participants receive valuable feedback and benefit from the chance to view their peer work in an online “Winners Showcase” on the CCA website and in person at the Institute.

Kick it up a notch

The 2016 CCA contest sent 71 different winners — representing 43 cooperatives —home with awards. Eight of those winners only submitted one entry. Enter a little or enter a lot, we’d love to see what hot ideas you’ve been kickin’ up all year long.

DEADLINES:

Early Bird: February 3, 2017

If you’d like to save your cooperative a little money, shoot for the discounted Early Bird Deadline of February 3. All entries must be received by February 3, not postmarked by that date, and should be mailed to the address listed in each category’s online brochure.
Please note that all entries must be received by February 10, 2017, not postmarked by that deadline date – and should be mailed to the address listed in the online brochures. An Early Bird Discount Fee applies to all entries received by February 3, 2017.

Regular: February 10, 2017

All entries must be received by February 10, not postmarked by that date, and should be mailed to the address listed in each category’s online brochure.

ENTRY FEES:

Early Bird:

An Early Bird discount of $5 off each entry applies to all entries received by February 3, 2017.

MCC:

Any CCA Member who has obtained their Master Cooperative Communicator certificate ALSO qualifies for a discount of $5 off each contest entry. (Yes, an MCC who submits entries by February 3 can apply both discounts.)

Review the categories and entry guidelines inside the online brochures, select your best work and get your entries prepared, packed and shipped.

Be sure to review the Tips & Checklist and video to ensure your entries are completed properly. Failure to do so could result in disqualification.

 
Contest Tips & Checklist 2017

Hot Ideas on the Bayou

Kick your contest entries up a notch!

Brochures

 
Writing Brochure 2017

Writing entries will be evaluated on writing clarity, impact, human interest or other value, focus on objectives, originality, and grammar/ mechanics. The committee reserves the right to reassign entries to different categories.

 
Publications Brochure 2017

Publication entries will be evaluated on writing clarity, effective design, aesthetic appeal, appropriateness for audience, originality, grammar/mechanics and focus on stated objectives. The committee reserves the right to reassign entries to different categories.

 
Programs & Projects Brochure 2017

Programs & Projects will be evaluated on overall concept, writing, design, editing, delivery phase and focus on stated goals. The committee reserves the right to reassign entries to different categories.

 
Photography Brochure 2017

Photography entries will be evaluated on composition, content, technical qualities and image quality. The committee reserves the right to reassign entries to different categories.

     
    Combined Contest Brochure 2017

    Are you submitting entries in all categories? Download all four category brochures in one easy click.

    Entry Forms

    Entry Form Instructions

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    1. Open the form on the Contest Web page by selecting “Download.”
    2. Once the file opens in the browser, select “Download” from the top right corner.
    3. Locate the downloaded file on your computer, right click and select “Open With.”
    4. Select “Adobe Reader” and the file will open to a fillable document.
    5. You may wish to make this your default setting to ensure all PDFs open in Adobe instead of in your browser.
     
    Writing Entry Form 2017

    Complete and Submit This Entry Form for Each Individual Entry

     
    Programs and Projects Entry Form 2017

    Complete and Submit This Entry Form for Each Individual Entry

     
    Photography Entry Form 2017

    Complete and Submit This Entry Form for Each Individual Entry

     
    Publications Entry Form 2017

    Complete and Submit This Entry Form for Each Individual Entry

      Payment Forms

      Payment Form Instructions

    • Open the form on the Contest Web page by selecting “Download.”
    • Once the file opens in the browser, select “Download” from the top right corner.
    • Locate the downloaded file on your computer, right click and select “Open With.”
    • Select “Adobe Reader” and the file will open to a fillable document.
    • You may wish to make this your default setting to ensure all PDFs open in Adobe instead of in your browser.
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      Contest Payment Form 2017

      For entries received February 4-10, 2017.

       
      MCC Contest Payment Form 2017

      For entries received February 4-10, 2017.