The Spotlight on Excellence Awards program recognizes a body of outstanding work produced by electric cooperative communication and marketing professionals from across the country. The 16 categories reflect the wide scope and valuable contributions of co-op communicators today. Entrants are judged against their peers, and have the option to receive judges' comments.
The 2019 Spotlight winners will be notified in early March and recognized at
NRECA's CONNECT Conference in May.
Application Process and Timeline
The 2019 awards cycle is closed.
The next Call for Entries will open in mid-September and close on the first Friday of December. Specific information for the next cycle will be posted on this page and shared through email and social media notifications.
Please review the
2019 Call for Entries (PDF) for an overview of the award and process, entry fees, co-op classification, award categories, FAQs and other information to help you prepare. Please note subsequent Calls for Entries are subject to change.
2018 Spotlight Winners
NRECA showcases winning Spotlight entries to provide co-op communicators with an inspiring collection of leading practices and winning strategies to adopt in their own co-op. Access these samples below, and take a stroll through the photo gallery.
A highlight of the annual awards cycle is the presentation of the
Edgar F. Chesnutt Award for Best Total Communication Program. The award is presented to the co-op whose entry earns receives the highest score from three judges from nationally accredited universities and communication and marketing professionals in the private sector.
Watch the Video: 2018 Edgar F. Chesnutt Award Winner
Press Release: Blue Ridge Energy Wins 2018 Chesnutt Award
Ready for more inspiration as you consider your Spotlight award application? Take a look through these links for information on recent Spotlight and Chesnutt winners, and the photo galleries from recent years.
For questions regarding entries, eligibility, individual categories, etc., contact Carol Crabtree, the Spotlight on Excellence administrator, at
For questions regarding registration or payments, contact the Accounts Receivable Department at 703-907-6875 or by email at
The Spotlight on Excellence Awards are sponsored by the Certified Cooperative Communicator Program and the Council of Rural Electric Communicators.
See the Awards & Recognition page to learn about other communications awards programs.