Maroon & Gold Awards are updated each year as a new awards committee is formed. Below are the types of awards to be given.
As the Communicators Forum’s highest honor, four Gold Awards are given for the best single entry into each of the Campaign/Series, Electronic Media, Print, and Writing categories.
Maroon Awards are given to entries deemed by the judges to be of exceptional merit.
One Green Award will be awarded for initiative in creating communications that reduce environmental impact and make strong statements of leadership in this area. Entries should outline steps taken in reduction (such as printing alternatives, reducing quantities and overages, etc.) and/or production (such as statements of recycled paper, soy inks, etc.)
One MARGO Award is bestowed for the most elegant solution within the means available (the most bang for your buck). The department responsible for producing the winning entry receives $500 for professional development of communications staff.
One MIKE Award is chosen by popular vote via online voting. The winner is announced during the Member Appreciation Event. The traveling trophy is engraved and presented for display in the department’s offices for one year.
One ILLUMINATE Award will be awarded for the best utilization of this year's "Driven to Discover" campaign theme: "Discovery Illuminates Everyone". Entries may consist of one or more of the following media: print, electronic, video, audio, social. Entries will be judged for consistent and excellent identity, message, and design; synergy and balance among all elements and between content and design; creative and original approach to clearly defined audience(s); technical execution; and distribution strategies.