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Offline Griff Grof

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National Geocaching Awards
« on: February 01, 2016, 08:20:26 am »
Simply Paul posted this on the NGA group on Facebook, decided to share here.

The Awards will be handed out at the Geolympix Mega.

Announcing the first National Geocaching Awards categories

Firstly, thank you to everyone who suggested categories for the first British and Irish National Geocaching Awards. The following list, which we’re asking you to nominate cachers, caches, organisations, etc. against, has been created from your ideas, with a few tweaks from the Geolympix team.
We received several suggestions for names for the awards being given at the NGA’s, but we decided on The Golden Smilies as it seems to fit awards designed to reflect the best in British and Irish Caching, Cachers and Caches!

A note on geography: Ireland includes the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland plus Irish islands off the mainland (the same way Groundspeak categorises Ireland). Britain includes England, Wales, Scotland, the off-islands of Scotland, England and Wales (Including Shetland, Flat Holm, IoW, Scillies, etc.) and the non-UK islands of Britain, including the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Jersey, Sark, Herm and Alderney, plus their off-islands. Basically the NGAs cover anything east of Rockall, west of Ness Point, Lowestoft, south of Out Stack, Shetland and north of The Minkies, CIs – that isn’t France. The NGAs exclude other British/Irish/UK territories, such as Gibraltar, Bermuda and the Falklands. A ‘British or Irish Cacher’ would be someone living the majority of their time in Britain or Ireland. Voting will be limited to them too.
Also note: Best means, most innovative, most enjoyable, coolest location, concept and/or container, cleverest, the one that made you smile widest… You know, Best!

Caches:
1) Best Cache (must have been live at the end 2015. For archived caches, see ‘Gone but not Forgotten’, below.)
2) Best New Cache (as above, but published in 2015.)
3) Best Cache Listing (most beautiful, clever, funny, helpful or educational cache page.)
4) Best Night Cache (specifically designed to be done at night.)
5) Best Non-Physical Cache (includes Virtuals, Webcams and Earthcaches, excludes Events – see below)
6) Best Event (includes all British and Irish Megas, CITOs & regular events – inc flashmobs – but be clear which incarnation of recurring events you mean please!)
7) The Gone But Not Forgotten Award for Best Archived Cache (can only be won by a cache once. Must have been archived in 2015 or before.)
8 ) Most Extreme Cache (can only be won by a cache once)
Cache Series:
9) Best Individual Series (could be ring/s, power trail, cluster or just a collection of caches on a theme, owned by one cacher or caching account or a small number in a ‘geographically discrete series’ such as a multi-owner ring.)
10) Best National Series (themed caches – often numbered – set by multiple hiders across a wide –national- area.)
Support:
11) Most Helpful Landowner/Organisation (who’s been a great support to British and Irish caching?)
12) Most Helpful Reviewer (They give a lot of time and effort to make caching in Britain and Ireland possible, but who’s gone above and beyond the call of duty?)
13) Best Supplier of Caching Goods (must be based in Britain or Ireland)
14) Best Caching Social-Mediaist (includes British/Irish geocaching blogs, vlogs, podcasts, twitter accounts, YouTube channels, Facebook groups/pages)
15) Best Caching Resource (could be international, includes stats websites, books, magazines, hints ‘n’ tips sites, vlogs, podcasts etc)
Others:
16) Best Online Cache Log (funniest, most inspiring, or pack of lies. DNF, Found, Notes- all log types included)
17) Best Log Photo (must relate to the cache it’s added to. Includes Webcam log pics.)
18 ) Funniest Cache Name (can only be won by a cache once)
19) Most Memorable Trackable (owned by a British or Irish cacher. Can be memorable for being an interesting item, having a cool mission, etc etc.)
20) Best New Coin (released in 2015)
Cachers:
21) Geocacher/s of the Year (could be the most dedicated cache owner, keenest cache maintainer, most inspiring or creative cache owner, most helpful event host, most committed -or should be- cacher who went the extra mile and more… Basically this could be called ‘Services to Geocaching’)
22) Newbie of the Year (must have begun caching in 2015)
23) Young Cacher of the Year (Junior cacher who’s added something to the game. Must have been under 18 at some point in 2015. So born after 1/1/1998)
24) Achievement Award (either a Lifetime Achievement award, or for someone who’s Overcome Adversity in the pursuit of Tupperware. Basically, an impressive, inspirational cacher.)

Please also nominate for the Hall of Fame – Cachers who contributed to the British/Irish game but are who are sadly no longer with us. This won’t be voted on (that would be inappropriate) but the Geolympix team will make a joint decision based on nominations.

Next stage: Nominations!
In order to make short-lists of finalists in each category, we’re now asking for your nominations. You can suggest a maximum of three people/caches/whatever in some categories, and one in others.
The best way to do that is copy the text below, replace the [bits in boxes] with info, and either paste it here if you don’t mind your nominations being public, or if you prefer (want to stay ‘anonymous’) you can email it to geocachingawards@gmail.com (Please don’t use this account for questions – it’s not being monitored until late April!)

Nomination FAQs – yes, you can nominate yourself or your caches/series/business, but unless some other people do too, you’re unlikely to make the shortlist!
We’ll award one point to third nominations, two to second and three to each main nomination on categories inviting you to pick three, and then add them up to see which cachers/caches/etc. are most deserving of joining the Finalists for each category.
There’s two (or more) of you who use the caching account and you’d both/all like to vote? No problem. Duplicate names will only be an issue if it’s clearly an attempt to skew nomination results unfairly. A team of six all nominating themselves as Cacher/s of the Year would only be counted once, for example.
What then?

Once we have sort-lists of finalists, in May and June we’ll invite cachers to vote on them via a secure, cheat-blocking polling website (such as SurveyMonkey).
In the meantime, please Copy, Paste and Edit and Post/Send the below:

In the meantime, please Copy, Paste and Edit and Post/Send the below:
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Nominations by [your geocaching name]
Caches:
1) Best Cache (must have been live at the end 2015. For archived caches, see ‘Gone but not Forgotten’, below.)
[Nomination 1: Name – GC number
Nomination 2: Name – GC number
Nomination 3: Name – GC number ]
2) Best New Cache (as above, but published in 2015.)
[Nomination: Name – GC number]
3) Best Cache Listing (most beautiful, clever, funny, helpful or educational cache page.)
[Nomination: Name – GC number]
4) Best Night Cache (specifically designed to be done at night.)
[Nomination: Name – GC number]
5) Best Non-Physical Cache (includes Virtuals, Webcams and Earthcaches, excludes Events – see below)
[Nomination: Name – GC number]
6) Best Event (includes all British and Irish Megas, CITOs & regular events – inc flashmobs – but be clear which incarnation of recurring events you mean please!)
[Nomination 1: Name – GC number
Nomination 2: Name – GC number
Nomination 3: Name – GC number ]
7) The Gone But Not Forgotten Award for Best Archived Cache (can only be won by a cache once. Must have been archived in 2015 or before.)
[Nomination: Name – GC number]
8) Most Extreme Cache (can only be won by a cache once)
[Nomination: Name – GC number]
Cache Series:
9) Best Individual Series (could be ring/s, power trail, cluster or just a collection of caches on a theme, owned by one cacher or caching account, or small group if a ‘geographically discrete series’ such as a multi-owner loop.)
[Nomination 1: Series Name – GC number for one of them
Nomination 2: Series Name – GC number for one of them
Nomination 3: Series Name – GC number for one of them ]
10) Best National Series (themed caches – often numbered – set by multiple hiders across a wide –national- area.)
[Nomination 1: Series Name
Nomination 2: Series Name
Nomination 3: Series Name ]
Support:
11) Most Helpful Landowner/Organisation (who’s been a great support to British and Irish caching?)
[Nomination: ]
12) Most Helpful Reviewer (They give a lot of time and effort to make caching in Britain and Ireland possible, but who’s gone above and beyond the call of duty?)
[Nomination: Reviewing Account Name]
13) Best Supplier of Caching Goods (must be based in Britain or Ireland)
[Nomination: Name – URL]
14) Best Caching Social Mediaist (includes British/Irish geocaching blogs, vlogs, podcasts, twitter accounts, YouTube channels, Facebook groups/pages)
[Nomination 1: Name – URL
Nomination 2: Name – URL
Nomination 3: Name - URL ]
15) Best Caching Resource (could be international, includes stats websites, books, magazines, hints ‘n’ tips sites, vlogs, podcasts etc)
[Nomination 1: Name – URL
Nomination 2: Name – URL
Nomination 3: Name - URL ]
Others:
16) Best Online Cache Log (funniest, most inspiring, or pack of lies. DNF, Found, Notes- all log types included)
[Nomination: Log URL]
17) Best Log Photo (must relate to the cache it’s added to. Includes Webcam log pics.)
[Nomination: Log URL]
18) Funniest Cache Name (can only be won by a cache once)
[Nomination: Name – GC number]
19) Most Memorable Trackable (owned by a British or Irish cacher. Can be memorable for being an interesting item, having a cool mission, etc etc.)
[Nomination: Name – Ref code (not tracking number!)]
20) Best New Coin (released in 2015)
[Nomination: Name/version]
Cachers:
21) Geocacher/s of the Year (could be the most dedicated cache owner, keenest cache maintainer, most inspiring or creative cache owner, most helpful event host, most committed -or should be- cacher who went the extra mile and more… Basically this could be called ‘Services to Geocaching’)
[Nomination: Caching Name and reason]
22) Newbie of the Year (must have begun caching in 2015)
[Nomination: Caching Name and reason]
23) Young Cacher of the Year (Junior cacher who’s added something to the game. Must have been under 18 at some point in 2015. So born after 1/1/1998 )- [Griff Grof: think this is a mistake, should be 1997 to be 18 at some point in 2015)
[Nomination: Caching Name and reason]
24) Achievement Award (either a Lifetime Achievement award, or for someone who’s Overcome Adversity in the pursuit of Tupperware. Basically, an impressive cacher)
[Nomination: Caching Name and reason]
Please also nominate for the Hall of Fame – Cachers who contributed to the British/Irish game but are who are sadly no longer with us. This won’t be voted on (that would be inappropriate) but the Geolympix team will make a joint decision based on nominations.
[Nomination: Caching Name and reason]
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Thanks again for getting involved. The more cachers who respond to this call for nominations, the more the NGAs will truly reflect the opinions of British and Irish cachers. We want them to be meaningful and relevant, and that needs your help.
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Offline Griff Grof

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Re: National Geocaching Awards
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2016, 09:19:45 am »
Has anyone emailed their nominations to geocachingawards@gmail.com?

Maybe next time they'll do it as an online form as I think that'd be easier to nominate from.

I haven't got round to it yet but I hope to do so before the deadline of April 24th!  :)
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