Cooperative Communicators Association accepting annual-contest submissions

Jan. 16, 2023 – The nationwide Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) is accepting writing, photography, video, projects, and publication submissions for their annual cooperative-communication contest, featuring more than 50 categories.
“The contest provides an opportunity for cooperative communicators to demonstrate knowledge, expertise, and skills among a very talented and respected group of cooperative peers,” said contest chairperson, Michelle Geans, Baldwin EMC, Summerdale, Ala. “Industry professionals are hired to critique entries and select winners in a blind-judging process. We encourage our judges to provide valuable feedback, so the contest has an education feature, in addition to recognition.”

CCA’s contest is open to both members and non-members, but entries must have been created, produced, or published for the benefit of a cooperative organization between Feb. 1, 2022, and Jan. 31, 2023. Winning entries will be recognized during the annual CCA Institute in Portland, Maine, June 4-6, 2023, and are also displayed online through the “Winners Showcase” at
CCA partners with the online program, Award Force, to make the submission process as easy as possible. Review contest categories and rules at Brochures and checklists detail guidelines, recommendations, fees, etc. The early-bird deadline is Jan. 30, 2023, and the final entry date is Feb. 6, 2023.

CCA exists to improve the effectiveness of all cooperative communicators; advance professional standards and exchange facts, research, techniques, and opinions among cooperative communicators; and conduct an annual institute and other programs suitable to meeting the purpose of the association. Board members for the 2022-2023 business year, and their home cooperatives: Candace Croft, president, West Florida Electric Co-op Association, Inc., Graceville, Fla.; Michelle Geans, vice president, Baldwin EMC, Summerdale, Ala.; Cliff Dolbeare, secretary-treasurer, GROWMARK, Inc., Bloomington, Ill.; Adam Buckallew, MFA Oil Company, Columbia, Mo.; Kelly Jimenez, Carroll Electric Membership Corporation, Carrollton, Ga.; Jennie Lacey, Flint Energies, Warner Robins, Ga.; Dori Lichty, CentralStar Cooperative, Waupun, Wis.; and Anne Moore, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, Green Bay, Wis. Visit for more information.

Photo: The CCA business office, represented by Denise Ott, left, and CCA Communication Contest Chairperson Michelle Geans, right, are now accepting submissions for the annual competition.

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