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 are listed below and were recognized at NRECA's CONNECT Conference.

Application Process and Timeline

The 2020 Call for Entries is now open. The deadline for receiving entries is Dec. 6, 2019. Any further updates or information for the 2020 cycle will be posted on this page and shared through email and social media notifications.

Please review the 2020 Call for Entries (PDF) for an overview of the award and process, entry fees, co-op classification, award categories, instructions and other information to help you prepare.

Payments are made online here and must be completed before you can access the entry form, which will be sent in a confirmation email after payment is complete.

Additional Resources

These resources provide additional information to help with the entry process:

Please note subsequent Calls for Entries are subject to change.

2019 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. The 2019 listing of the winners is below along with samples of their work.

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 receives the highest score from three judges from nationally accredited universities and communication and marketing professionals in the private sector.

Watch the Video: 2019 Edgar F. Chesnutt Award Winner

2019 Winner: GreyStone Power Corp. Wins Chesnutt Award for ‘Making Life Better’

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.