NoVAGO Members in the Spotlight

NoVAGO Members have been going above and beyond representing our hobby over the last few months.

On June 9, 2018 Hooclass2002, Sassyinmyheart, and PlatoAddict along with others were honored for their participation in the Find Your Chesapeake Geotour Kickoff Event in Pennsylvania.  Both Sassy (Pictured above) and Hooclass placed geocaches in Virginia for the geotour, while Plato was recognized for her contributions by staffing the FYC Table at Geowoodstock 2018 in Ohio.

On May 6, 2018 DePhogration (Pictured above) and PlatoAddict were also both speakers at Geowoodstock 2018.  Set on the Land of Oz stage at Coney Island, Plato gave a Cachetur.no demonstration and DePho gave his presentation “Geocaching & Avoiding the Bomb Squad.”

On May 18th Platoaddict (Pictured above) was a guest on the GeoGearHeads Podcast episode #333 titled cachetour.no I.  This episode was broadcast and recorded live on YOUTUBE. Podcasters ChrisOfTheNorthWest and DarrylW4 talked with her about Cachetur.no.

Geocaching was one of the topics of the day on the The Kojo Nnamdi Show on May, 15 2018.  Awesnap (Pictured above) was live in the Washington DC based Studio with Kojo on an episode called “To Find Local (Literally) Hidden Gems, Try Geocaching” on WAMU 88.5.

May 2018 Photo of the Month Winner

Congratulations to Hooclass2002 for his winning photo titled “DeFIREgration” of DePhogration prepping the grill at the May 6, 2018 NoVAGO Spring Picnic and Awards Event. We also offer a big thank you to everybody who participated in the May 2018 photo of the month contest.

Next month’s Contest is now open.  Please post your entries for the June 2018 Photo of the Month Contest forum.

Remember that at the end of the year all of the monthly winning photos will battle it out for the NoVAGO 2018 Photograph of the Year title.  That winning photographer will be awarded a NoVAGO Cache Awards Geocoin at our annual Spring Event & NoVAGO Cache Awards presentation.

Find Your Chesapeake Geotour Launches in June

The Find Your Chesapeake Geotour Kick Off Event has been published. The event will be held at the Zimmerman Center near Wrightsville, PA on June 9th, 2018 from 10am-Noon.  NoVAGO members joined the MGS, the Chesapeake Conservancy, the National Park Service, and Susquehanna Heritage to place caches for this huge endeavor.

This geotour will have over 60 caches within Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. A trackable geocoin will be awarded to the first 300 geocachers who find 20 geocaches on the trail, while supplies last. You will need to find 20 geocaches on the trail, gather the code word, to earn one of the 300 geocoins.

For more information on the Find Your Chesapeake Geotour please visit the information thread in our NoVAGO forums.

April 2018 Photo of the Month Winner

Congratulations to Serrabou for his winning photo titled “Rhododendron Rock” of Roo visiting an earthcache on Mount Rogers. We also offer a big thank you to everybody who participated in the April 2018 photo of the month contest.

Next month’s Contest is now open.  Please post your entries for the May 2018 Photo of the Month Contest forum.

Remember that at the end of the year all of the monthly winning photos will battle it out for the NoVAGO 2018 Photograph of the Year title.  That winning photographer will be awarded a NoVAGO Cache Awards Geocoin at our annual Spring Event & NoVAGO Cache Awards presentation.

2018 Cache Awards: Call for Nominations

Update (February 15, 2019): Nominations are closed. Stay tuned for your nominees!
Update (February 19, 2019): View your nominated caches and cachers here

😎 👏 NoVAGO’s 2018 Geocache Awards 👾 🥰

Each year NoVAGO honors some of the best caches that were placed in Northern Virginia. Cache nominations and awards are a chance for you to recognize the efforts of fellow NoVAGO cachers who have placed hides that you have enjoyed. Please consider sending in nominations, we need your input 🙏

This year, we’re starting early. From now until February 15, 2019 we will be taking nominations for the categories below (see this post for a description of categories). After the nomination period ends, the list of nominated caches and cachers will be consolidated into a ballot and be voted on by all NoVAGO members. That’s right, even if you didn’t submit nominations, you are encouraged to come vote. Winners will be announced at NoVAGO’s 2019 Spring Event, date TBD.

For now, the Best Other category will be used to collect Letterbox Hybrids, Earthcaches, Whereigos, and Events. If warranted, a separate category may be created on the ballot if any of those types receives an excess of nominations.

Email your suggestions to the following address: awards@novago.org. Please include your NoVAGO username with your nominations. Alternatively, you can use ➡️ this form to enter nominations. 🌐

The Categories:

  • Cache of the Year
  • Best Theme/Series* (three or more caches in a series or that share a common theme)
  • Best Kids’ Cache
  • Most Outstanding Location/Scenery
  • Most Creative Cache
  • Most Physically Challenging-to-Find Cache
  • Best Historical/Educational Cache
  • Best Camouflage
  • Best Multi-Stage
  • Best Mystery/Puzzle
  • Best Traditional
  • Best Other (Letterbox Hybrid, Earthcache, Whereigo, Event)*
  • Best CITO*
  • Best Log on a Cache
  • Rookie of the Year (any cacher that found their first cache after August 1st, 2017)
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Cacher of the Year

*Series, Events, and CITOs sponsored directly by NoVAGO are not eligible for nominations. (Individual caches that are part of a NoVAGO series are eligible.)

Cache Eligibility:

1. Cache must have been published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, and still active as of early 2019.
2. As many nominations per category will be accepted, however try to keep it to 5 or under per category. (Many emails/form entries are fine, and you don’t need to have a nomination for each category with each email)
3. Caches must be within Northern Virginia, (NoVa will be defined as Alexandria (city), Arlington (county), Clarke (county), Fairfax (county), Fairfax (city), Falls Church (city), Fauquier (county), Frederick (county), Loudoun (county), Manassas (city), Manassas Park (city), Prince William (county), Stafford (county), Warren (county), Winchester (city))
4. We will compile the nomination submissions and you will be voting on the top nominees in each category. So the more nominations we get, the easier it will be to discern the best of the best. You do not need to have found a cache to nominate it.

You will get a confirmation email when you submit nominations via email.

Thanks!

And the 2017 Cache Awards Winners are…

NoVAGO members flocked to Sundays CITO at Glencarlyn Park and NoVAGO Spring Picnic and Awards events.  Thanks to everyone who helped out and attended to make this Spring event a success.  We look forward to seeing everyone again in the fall!

HERE ARE THE 2017 NoVAGO CACHE AWARD WINNERS:

Best Theme/Series

The Line by Awesnap (6 caches)

Best Kids Cache

Toad’s Missing Buttons by CWillyPngn

Most Outstanding Location/Scenery

The Ghost Deer Tale by freddiecrs

Most Creative Cache

M.I.L.L. Race: Spaceship by Serrabou

Most Physically Challenging to Find

M.I.L.L. Race: Spaceship by Serrabou

Best Historical/Educational Cache

Ghost Lake (FSf#1) by rlobecker

Best Camouflage

TMNT ROCKS! by nycjoyce & Taparent

Best Multi-Stage Cache

The Ghost Deer Tale by freddiecrs

Best Mystery/Puzzle Cache

End of the Line by Awesnap

Best Traditional

Pumpkin King’s Cliff by sassyinmyheart

Best Other (Earthcache, Whereigo, Event)

Barrett Branch Library Wherigo Adventure by Awesnap

Best Letterbox

M.I.L.L. Race: Ignition Sequence by Serrabou

Best CITO

4th Annual Occoquan Bay Refuge CITO by DePhogration

Best Photo

Caching Bandits – CaveMinion

Best Log in 2017 on a Cache

Yoda wasn’t amused | at TRIBUTES17 : Dork-O-Naut 2 : Legend | by TheUnstealthy Monkey

Rookie of the Year

Q4minions

Best Volunteer

Sassyinmyheart

Cacher of the Year

Awesnap

Cache of the Year

M.I.L.L. Race: Spaceship by Serrabou

WINNERS CAN ADD THIS HTML IMAGE TO YOUR CACHE OR PROFILE PAGES:

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