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.

2021 Spotlight Winners

Congratulations to our 2021 Spotlight on Excellence Awards recipients! Click here to view the full list of winners.

Edgar F. Chesnutt Award for Best Total Communication Program

A highlight of the annual Spotlight on Excellence Awards is the presentation of the Edgar F. Chesnutt Award for Best Total Communication Program.

The 2021 Edgar F. Chesnutt Award winner will be announced during the Connect Conference in June.

View information about previous Edgar F. Chesnutt Award winners.

Library of Leading Practices

Winning spotlight entries represent co-op communication at its best. Learn from previous winners by exploring our Library of Leading practices and find inspiration for your next Spotlight entry!

View Past Winner Information


For general questions about the Spotlight on Excellence Awards program, please contact Alexis Dunnum at or 703-907-5714.

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.