NAI Awards Programs

The submission and nomination process for NAI's awards is open early March through the end of May. Click on the links under the programs below for further information.

Professional Awards

Through its awards program, NAI recognizes outstanding achievements and showcases the successes of NAI members and others working to advance the profession of interpretation. NAI members are exposed to outstanding and inspiring programs and professionals. Please nominate someone you know and respect.

Deadline: June 3, 2022
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Interpretive Media Award Competition

The Interpretive Media Awards Competition promotes excellence in the delivery of natural, cultural, and historical nonpersonal interpretive services. Through the exchange of ideas we increase the level of excellence in our profession.

Deadline: August 5, 2022
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NAI Shining Star Award

Recognize an Interpretive Star! Have you witnessed a fellow interpreter going above and beyond the call of duty? We are looking to recognize NAI members with these qualities on a monthly basis. The NAI Shining Star Award is meant to highlight the amazing interpretive work being done by members, like you, all across NAI. This award is will highlight winners' efforts to the NAI interpretive community as well as the winners' supervisors and coworkers.

To nominate someone for the NAI Shining Star Award email our membership department at with the following information:
  • Contact information of the nominee (Name, title, site, work address, work email, and work phone)
  • Example(s) of how the nominee went above and beyond their routine duties.
  • Example(s) of how the nominee's action made a positive impact on visitors, resources, or NAI.

These awards are independent of the NAI Professional Awards.