2016 Publication Awards Posted

We've posted the 2016 Winners of the FAAS Publication Awards!

Congratulations to "Author of the Year" Greg Steeves and the Kitchener-Waterloo Aquarium Society who won "Publication of the Year (more than six issues)" for their newsletter Fins and Tails and the Aquatic Gardener Society which won "Publication of the Year (six or fewer issues).

We'd like to thank all the clubs who submitted entries this year. There were 192 total entries this year from six different clubs. Entries were down significantly over years past.

More notes on the process after the break.

Observation for the 2016 Awards

What do the judges look for in an article?

  • Does the article have a good introduction that grabs the reader?
  • Does the article show effort in research? 
  • Does the article break new ground? Is it a new topic?
  • Will other aquarists be interested in the topc?
  • Does the article fit the category? Generally articles that only loosely fit the category do not win.
  • All other things being equal, is the layout stronger in one article than the other?
  • Do pictures accompany the article? If so, do they support the article?

What else did we observe?

  • 2016 was a good year for Junior entries, the most we have had in some years. The quality of the Junior entries was terrific.
  • This year, the hotly contested category was "All Other Categories" which is a catch-all for articles that don't fit a defined category. We had a lot of entries in this category and it was tough to only pick the ones which placed.