In 2018 FAAS cancelled it's Publication Awards program due to lack of participation and because of the huge amount of work that went into the awards process.
As part of the FAAS reorganization FAAS Publication Awards contest will be going on permanent hiatus because it does not fit into the new direction of the organization.
FAAS is refining its mission to two specific areas.
1. Aquarium Club Support
2. Aquarium Hobby Activism (More on this coming soon.)
As part of club support FAAS will not be providing awards or recognition programs which are redundant with programs or contests clubs run (or should be running) for themselves.
Publishing is an important function of aquarium clubs. There are more effective ways that FAAS can support and foster club publications than a competition.
FAAS can more effectively support this activity by providing information on best practices for editing and producing club newsletters. This information will be made available on the "Best Practices" section of the site as well as the FAAS Newsletter.
Also FAAS can better assist it's member clubs by giving them access to content for their newsletters via an editor's exchange and or an online articles database similar to the old Aquarticles website..
FAAS will continue to recognize it's past winners of the publication awards in our new history section which will be rolled out shortly.
Materials regarding the process of the awards contest will be retooled for use by clubs who wish to run their own publications awards / recognition programs and will be moving to the "Best Practices" section of the site..
There will be allot of changes and information coming out regarding FAAS and our role in the aquarium hobby and more importantly what we can do for your aquarium club in the coming weeks and months so stay tuned!
- Bill Gill