ACI Awards

One of the most popular and successful ACI programs is the annual awards contest, which recognizes excellence and promotes craft improvement through competition. First, second, and third-place winners receive plaques. Professionals from the public and private sectors evaluate all entries and offer written constructive critiques.

Awards Contest Open


The 2023 ACI Awards Contest is now OPEN! Work submitted must have been completed in 2023.

There is a fee of $40 per entry which helps cover the cost of running the contest and supports ACI’s mission to further natural resource conservation and exchange. Entry fees will be invoiced at the end of the contest.

If you have any questions, please contact ACI Awards Co-chairs Chris Martin or Beth Quillian.

Important Dates


Entry deadline: Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PT

Judging opens: April 17, 2024

Judging closes: May 15, 2024

Judges Needed!


The awards contest would not be possible without the panels of judges who graciously volunteer their time to review and score entries. If you are interested in being a judge this year, please contact Awards Co-Chairs Chris Martin or Beth Quillian as soon as possible. Judges do not need to be members of ACI and we welcome professionals from the public and private sector. Feel free to share this with your colleagues! The judging round will open for four weeks, April 17 – May 15, 2024. All entries must be scored by the May 15 deadline.

Note: A judge may not participate in a category in which their agency or organization has submitted an entry. If you are interested in being a judge, please check with your agency to confirm that there is no conflict before volunteering to judge a category.