Broward County's Port Everglades Department won the top prize for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) 50th annual Communications Awards, which will be presented at the organization's 105th Annual Convention and Expo in New Orleans, which runs Oct. 23-26. Port Everglades' entry featured the communications roll-out for the port's upcoming deepening and widening harbor project.
The recipients of the 2016 Overall Award of Communications Excellence trophies - the top awards in AAPA's Communications Awards Program - are Port Everglades in Florida (Category 3); St. John's Port Authority in Newfoundland and Labrador (Category 2); and the Port of Grays Harbor in Washington (Category 1). Each of the three categories of ports is based on the size of the port's public relations/advertising/marketing budget.
The 2016 AAPA Communications Awards Program, which had a May 1 deadline for entries, utilized 48 professional public relations practitioners from the Washington, D.C. area who cumulatively spent nearly 200 hours over three weeks judging the 15 classifications of entries, ranging from advertisements and periodicals to videos and websites.
Based on the number of points awarded each entry by the judges, three entries earned an Overall Award of Communications Excellence, 31 entries earned an Award of Excellence, while 46 entries scored an Award of Distinction, and 26 entries received an Award of Merit.
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