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NAI Awards Programs

Interpretive Media Awards

Deadline for submissions - 2024 Information Coming Soon!

Here's how to submit a project to the Media Awards Competition.

  1. Download complete information here.
  2. Pay for your entry.
  3. Fill out the form.

Have you created an outstanding piece of nonpersonal interpretive media--a video, publication, exhibit, or something else? Earn it the recognition it deserves through the NAI Interpretive Media Competition! Entrants will be evaluated by a panel of experts, who provide valuable feedback, and award recipients will be recognized during our brand-new "Awards Week" on the NAI website and social media outlets.

The Interpretive Media Awards promote 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.


 If Your NAI Member Type Is*  1st Entry  Additional Entries
 Commercial Plus  Free  $25 each
 Commercial Standard  $25  $25 each
 Consultant  $75  $75 each
 Institutional  $75  $75 each 
 Professional**  $100  $100 each
 *NAI membership is required to submit an entry.
 **Professional members must have been an active participant in some portion of the project.

2022 Awards

Pandemic Pivot

For projects that demonstrated quick action in the face of COVID-19

1st Place
Journey of the Salmon
Lesley McClintock, USACE Park Ranger and Bonneville Lock and Dam Volunteers

2nd Place
A Summer of Learning and Fun  - Learning Channel
Huron-Clinton Metroparks

3rd Place
Mini Virtual Science Field Trips
Alex Doumbia, FCPA Hidden Oaks

Digital Media

1st Place
Smokey Bear 2.0 Mission
Agents of Discovery

2nd Place
Hotel del Coronado - self guided audio tour
Lantern Audio and Hotel del Coronado

3rd Place
Environment Learning Center Virtual Tour
The Montgomery County Environmental Learning Center, Trivium Interactive



Interior Exhibit

1st Place
American Prairie National Discovery Center
American Prairie

2nd Place
Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center
Moey, Inc.
Open Space Institute(OSI)
NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation(NYSOPRH)

3rd Place
Great Lakes Aquarium
Great Lakes Aquarium
Ursa Studio
Sheldon Print and Design

Outdoor Exhibit

1st Place
Wendy Park: Connecting People to a River Recovery
Cleveland Metroparks

2nd Place
Flying Cloud Drive Interpretive Plaza
Hennepin County
106 Group
Gwen Westerman
Glenn Wasicuna
Blue Rhino Studio

3rd Place
Expedition Blue
Cambridge Seven


1st Place
A Window Into the Past
National Park Service 
Harpers Ferry Center

2nd Place
Outcomes of Park Interpretation - Support for Interpreters
Raj Patel(Orange Fountain) and Glen Hvenegaard(University of Alberta)

3rd Place
Outcomes of Park Interpretation - Support for Visitors
Raj Patel(Orange Fountain) and Glen Hvenegaard(University of Alberta)

Site Publications

1st Place
Natural Areas Explorer
City of Fort Collins Natural Areas
Awesomesauce Production

2nd Place
Centennial Tour Brochure
Summit Metro Parks

3rd Place
Montana Naturalist Magazine, Spring/Summer 2021
Montana Natural History Center

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