Lamplighter Awards

Recognize outstanding healthcare marketing and public relations.

With more than 20 major categories and hundreds of entries each year, the Lamplighter Awards truly recognizes the best of the best.

Those who earn an award, or the coveted Best in New England Lamp, can count themselves among the region’s best public relations and marketing professionals.

2018 Lamplighter Awards


The competition is open to all public relations and marketing professionals employed by New England healthcare institutions, health plans and agencies. Eligible entries must have been produced and/or completed – including measured results – between October 1, 2016 and January 31, 2018.


Early Bird Deadline Monday, January 29 at 11:59 p.m.
Members: $85 Non-Members: $115

Deadline Monday, February 5 at 11:59 p.m.
Members: $110 Non-Members: $140

Final Deadline Monday, February 12 at 11:59 p.m.
Members: $135 Non-Members: $165

The competition will close on Friday, February 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm with no exceptions. All entries must be completed electronically through the NESHCo Lamplighters system by that time. 

Produced In House vs. Agency Produced

The major distinction between in-house and agency-produced entries is where the creative direction for an entry resides. 

When an advertising, design or PR agency is hired/directed by a client to create and produce a brochure, publication, ad or campaign, and the agency is responsible for the creative concept and execution, the entry should be considered AGENCY-PRODUCED. 

If a hospital marketing or PR staff member or team conceptualizes a brochure, ad or campaign, creates its content and coordinates its production/execution (even if freelance copywriters, freelance graphic designers, printers and/or mailing houses are hired to execute portions of it), this type of entry is considered PRODUCED IN-HOUSE. 


Entries that do not include the required information will be disqualified without notification. 


Each entry is reviewed by two judges who reside outside of New England and who are acknowledged leaders within their field.  The same two judges will complete the entire category. Judges are assigned categories based on their professional experience and expertise.

A separate group of five senior-level judges will determine the winner of the Best In New England award.

Member vs. Non-Member

NESHCo reserves the right to bill any non-member who paid the member rate. If you are questioning your membership status, please contact us at 401-443-2364 or  

Payment is expected at the time of entry. Online, secure credit card processing is available and you may pay for all your entries in one payment. 

NESHCo does accept checks, mailed with your summary of entries email receipt within two weeks of the deadline date. If checks are not received, it may result in disqualification. Please print your invoice at the completion of your entry processing.

Entries become the property of NESHCo and will not be returned.

2017 Lamp Gallery

Check out the 2017 Lamplighter Award winners! Search by category or organization.

2017 Lamp Winner Book

Download a digital copy featuring our Lamplighter Award winners.

2018 Call for Entries / Categories

Download a digital guide containing all the rules, regulations, categories pricing and deadline info.

Entry Platform Tutorial

A step-by-step guide to how to use the on-line Lamplighter Entry platform, Award Force.

How to Produce a Winning Lamplighter Entry

 Presented by Vanessa Stafford, Director, Communications, New Hampshire Hospital Association 

Make Your Lamplighter Entry Shine

 Presented by Vanessa Stafford, Director, Communications, New Hampshire Hospital Association