Landmarks of Excellence

2017 Landmarks of Excellence Awards: Early Bird Registration Now Open!


PRSA Bluegrass and IABC Louisville Invite Louisville-area communications professionals to submit their work to the 2017 Annual Landmarks of Excellence Awards competition.

Since their beginning in 1982, the Landmarks of Excellence Awards have recognized the very best in professional communications, acknowledging distinctive creative planning and the successful execution of communications programs and projects, as well as individual practitioners in the region.

Winning entries will be recognized during the 35th annual awards celebration, which will take place Thursday, October 12 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

Entry Fees

PRSA and IABC Members:
Early Bird Rates (June 15 – 30)
First Entry: $55 each
Additional Entries: $35 each

Regular Rates (July 1 – August 12)
First Entry: $65 each
Additional Entries: $45 each

Early Bird Rates (June 15 – 30)
First Entry: $65 each
Additional Entries: $45 each

Regular Rates (July 1 – August 12)
First Entry: $75 each
Additional Entries: $55 each

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/Louisville) and the Public Relations Society of America (Bluegrass PRSA) are proud to present the 2017 Landmarks of Excellence, honoring the outstanding achievements of the public relations discipline. This year’s event will be held Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, honoring individuals who have exhibited outstanding communication abilities in the community and workplace through the Communicator of the Year award, induction into the Communicator Hall of Fame, and recognition of the next generation of Rising Stars.

The Communicator of the Year award recognizes a Louisville Metro area individual whose communications skills have had a positive influence on the community and/or significantly raised awareness of an issue. The Hall of Fame honors communications professionals who have made a lasting difference in the fields of public relations and communications. The Rising Star award recognizes emerging leaders – age 32 or younger — whose work reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in contributing to the fields of public relations or communications.

Please nominate worthy recipients by 5 p.m. on August 19.

Nomination forms are available at and Please submit nominations to IABC Louisville President CJ Parrish via email ( or mail (c/o Stoll Keenon Ogden, 2000 PNC Plaza, 500 W. Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY 40202).

2017 COY Nomination Form

2017 HOF Nomination Form

2017 RS Nomination Form

Landmarks Submissions:

To enter projects for 2017 Landmarks of Excellence awards and reserve tickets for the awards event on October 26, please click here.

General overview:

Each year in mid-October, the Louisville chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/Louisville), in conjunction with the Public Relations Society of America’s Bluegrass Chapter (Bluegrass PRSA), hosts the Landmarks of Excellence Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in the public relations arena. The Landmarks of Excellence ceremony has become one of the region’s best showcases of communications talent.

While the awards program focuses on recognizing participants for excellence in the planning, creativity and execution of projects from the past year, a member is annually inducted into the Communicators Hall of Fame, and special honors are also bestowed upon a non-public-relations-practicing Communicator of the Year.

History of the Hall of Fame

History of Communicator of the Year



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