About Us

Mission Statement

Our Guiding Principle: Celebrating Excellence

MerComm, Inc. is the world's only independent awards organization dedicated to defining the standards of excellence in the communications fields and to recognize the individuals whose work has made an outstanding contribution to their organization, corporation or client.

By way of advancing the multi-disciplines involved in professional communications, we are committed to: exercising fair play, maintaining independence, and acting with integrity. Our judging process is designed to ensure impartiality and objectivity. Neither judges nor MerComm have any stake in the outcome of the competition. We accept no advertising, there are no membership dues, we have no sponsors to which we owe fealty.

The MerComm Awards programs have achieved world-wide recognition for their integrity and fairness in their judging procedures. They are the only competitions in the communications fields which honor small and large organizations alike. Judging is carried out by peers in the profession, based not on budget, but on the values of creativity, clarity, effectiveness, and innovation.

The competitions have gained international prestige due to the overriding philosophy that directs MerComm's mission: to honor professionals who contribute to the advancement of the communications arts and sciences, and whose creativity and craft make a difference in the global marketplace.

These competitions draw entries from 60 countries world-wide: Afghanistan, Antigua West Indies, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Brasil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, France, French West Indies, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, and Zimbabwe.

The MerComm professional recognition programs celebrate individual and collective achievement within all areas of communications, featuring:

ARC Awards
The International ARC Awards, now in its twenty-sixth year, is the "Academy Awards of Annual Reports", according to the financial media. The ARC Awards is the most anticipated event of the year. The Awards are globally recognized, providing a platform for the highest standards in the annual report industry. It is the world's largest international competition honoring excellence in annual reports. The competition is open to corporations, small companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations and associations, as well as agencies and individuals involved in producing annual reports. Winning an ARC is one of the leading accolades in the IR industry.

Mercury Awards
Entering its twenty-sixth year, the International MERCURY Awards Competition honors the best in public relations, public affairs and corporate communications. The MERCURYs are based on the principle of celebrating creative professionals whose determination, innovation, originality and smart-thinking make the industry work. Major categories include Advertising, Annual Reports, Brochures, Custom Publications, Design, DVDs, Emerging Media, Employee Publications, Magazines, Publicity, Special Events, Special Projects, Websites and Writing as well as Campaigns for corporations, non-profits and pro bono work. The annual award is named for the Roman god who was the messenger of the other gods. The MERCURY Award symbolizes the spirit of the message communicated.

Astrid Awards
The twenty-second International ASTRID Awards honors outstanding achievement in corporate design. ASTRID - the name heralds the stellar qualities of creativity, recognizing the beauty of the heavens reflected on earth by the beauty of design. Categories include: Advertisements, Annual Reports, Brochures, Calendars, Campaigns, Cover Design, Custom Publications, Employee Publications, Graphic Design, Magazines, Promotion, Self-Promotion, Special Projects, Video Design and Websites. Our mission is formidable: We aim to promote design as a fundamental element of communications, a business imperative and a powerful tool for commercial success.

Galaxy Awards
In its twenty-third year, the International GALAXY Awards Competition honors outstanding achievement in product and service marketing. Eleven major categories include: Advertising, Brochures, Copywriting, Design, Marketing Campaigns, New Product Introduction, Promotion, Special Events and Websites. Nothing says "Marketing Success" more powerfully than a GALAXY Award winning project.

iNova Awards
The twelfth international competition honors overall excellence and innovation for corporate websites. The iNOVAs recognize the power and the creative force of the emerging media. Major categories include: Associations, Brand Image, Corporate Identity, Demos, Employment Opportunities, Government, Home Pages, Investor Relations, Marketing, Non-Profit Organizations, On-line Annual Reports, Public Relations, Redesigns, Self-Promotion and Social Networks. The iNOVA prize endorses all the hard work put into a site's creation and development.

Questar Awards
The International QUESTAR Awards just marked its twenty-first year. The festival recognizes outstanding achievement in Corporate Video. Major categories include: Advertisements, Broadcast Campaigns, Documentaries, Employee Information, Government Communications, Health and Safety, Meeting Modules, Non-Profit Organizations, Public Service Announcements, Recruitment and Tourism. The QUESTAR Awards are given to those professionals who have transformed their creative energy, skill and craftsmanship into outstanding vehicles for corporate visual communications.