DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE: AAPA’s 2020 Communications Competition

In these fun photos, get a glimpse at the personalities that make for award-winning communications teams at American Association of Port Authorities member ports that earned recognition in AAPA’s 54th annual Communications Awards Program. Also, all winning entries are included on the Communications Awards Program web page.

The recipients of the 2020 Award of Overall Communications Excellence trophies — the top awards in AAPA’s Communications Awards Program — are: Port of Long Beach for its Desmond Bridge Replacement Project Mobile App entry (Category 3); Port of Everett for its Next 100 Campaign entry (Category 2) and; Port of Redwood City for its Website Modernization entry (Category 1). Each of the three Overall Award winners represent a different category of port, based on the size of its public relations, advertising and marketing budget.

“The Communications Awards Program judges told us they were very impressed with the quality of this year’s winning entries, especially considering the extreme budget restrictions imposed on most ports by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Chris Connor, AAPA’s president and CEO. “This competition helps our member ports by rewarding strategic communications through peer-reviewed analyses of their programs and projects, and by showcasing best practices and lessons learned.”

The 2020 AAPA Communications Awards Program utilized 37 professional public relations practitioners from the Washington, D.C. area who cumulatively spent more than 180 hours over two weeks judging the 14 classifications of entries, ranging from advertisements, periodicals, videos and websites, to social media and overall campaigns.

All winning entries in AAPA’s 54th Annual Communications Awards Program are included on the 2020 AAPA Communications Awards Program web page at Previous years’ award-winners are at

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