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Call for entries

Early Bird : March 10 · Final Deadline : March 24

2017 APEX Call for Entries

ApexApex Awards are presented for peak performances in professional communication. Winners are at the top of their game in marketing, public relations, design, digital media and more.

Enter your most fantastic marketing work into the 2017 Apex awards! Entries must have been created between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

Mark your calendar for May 18 and trek to Mooreland Mansion at Lakeland Community College to celebrate the 2017 APEX winners with a heart-pounding adventure-themed program.

Be sure to submit before Friday, March 10 to get our early bird discount at just $30 per entry for members. Entry fee increases to $40 on March 11 until the final deadline of Friday, March 24.

Communication in Lake County has never been better. Or more thrilling!

Award Eligibility

APEX Awards recognize professionals in the communications industry affiliated with Lake Communicators and Lake County, Ohio. Eligibility is extended to companies, organizations, freelancers and individuals who live in, work in and/or provide services to clients in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. Entries must have been produced between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 to be considered.

Multiple Categories for Entries

Entries can be placed in several categories. Entry fee required for each category submitted. Examples: A publication, or part of a publication, can be entered into both Mixed Media and Print Materials. Photographs from any project can also be entered as photographs in the Individual Photography category.

How to Enter

All Entries must be made online using our online registration form. Complete the appropriate information and pay either with PayPal or by check. The entries themselves may be brought to Lake Communicators' lunch meetings or dropped off at either:

  • Laketran (Julia Schick)
    555 Lakeshore Blvd., Painesville, OH 44077
  • YMCA Painesville (Dave Saifman)
    933 Mentor Avenue, Painesville, OH 44077
  • Fine Arts Association (Wanda Wareham)
    38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, OH 44094

NOTE- Every APEX Awards entry must include a link to or uploaded digital image of the entry when submitted. Printed entries (hard copies) still need to be submitted for the entry to be judged. The images are only for award presentation purposes.

Entries do not have to be mounted. Please advise if entries need to be returned. If entering in multiple categories, please enter one sample per category, if possible.

Entry Deadlines

There are two deadlines: the Early Bird is Friday, March 10, 2017; and the final deadline is March 24, 2017. Save $10 on each Early Bird entry.

Ceremony, Judging, Fees

Awards Recognition

Winning entries for each category may receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award. Because of judging criteria, not every category is guaranteed to have a Gold, Silver or Bronze winner.

Awards Ceremony

Award recipients will be recognized at the Lake Communicators 12th APEX Awards evening ceremony on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Mooreland Mansion at Lakeland Community College.


APEX Awards judges are seasoned communications professionals from Northeast Ohio and are not affiliated with Lake Communicators. Judging is independent of Lake Communicators.

Entry Fees

Lake Communicators members Early Bird Entries received by March 10, 2017: $30
Entries received by March 24, 2017: $40

Fees for multiple entries: $10 for each of the second, etc., or part of an entry, entered into a different category.

Non-members Early Bird entries received by March 10, 2017: $40
Entries received by March 24, 2017: $50

Fees for Multiple entries: $10 for each of the second, etc., or part of an entry, entered into a different category.



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