NoVAGO’s 2019 Geocache Awards: Call for Nominations

😎 👏 NoVAGO’s 2019 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 (date to be announced) 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 2020 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: 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, 2018)
  • 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, 2019 and December 31, 2019, and still active as of early 2020.
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.


Caching the Capital Region and Beyond Adventure Lab

Since 2006 the Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization has had “Caching the Capital Region and Beyond” in our crest. NoVAGO was recently awarded 10 new Adventure Labs and has opted to place them around the District of Columbia. With this latest Adventure Lab we strive to take cachers into the District to show off a few things they may have missed during past visits.

During a test run of these we found that grabbing most of these easily done by those red DC Bikeshare bicycles.  None of these 10 labs require admission fees, security check points, or to go inside any buildings.  Only three of these are not available 24/7 and you can find those posted hours on the lab pages.

NoVAGO want’s our community to cache with confidence and has permission for all virtual placements. On 11JUL19 the National Mall and Memorial Parks supervisors noted: “As long as nothing is physically left in the park, like a traditional geocache, and participants can access these clues from public areas then that shouldn’t be a problem!” Enjoy these lesser known highlights of DC.

Here We Admit a Wrong – N 38° 53.671 W 77° 00.629

Taxation Without Representation – N 38° 53.723 W 77° 01.867

Ashes to Answers – N 38° 53.829 W 77° 01.149

Let Her Works Praise Her! – N 38° 53.387 W 76° 59.349

Freedom Riders – N 38° 53.345 W 77° 01.479

I have not yet begun to fight – N 38° 53.295 W 77° 02.370

The Great Liberator – N 38° 53.586 W 77° 02.522

Adventure, Labor, and Vision – N 38° 53.200 W 77° 03.011

Ugliness is so Grimm – N 38° 52.718 W 77° 03.080

Waves and Gulls – N 38° 52.575 W 77° 02.839

May 2019 Photo of the Month Winners

Its a TIE! Congratulations to both Rufnredy for his photo titled “Taking a Family Walk” and Topazfae for her entry titled “Light at the End of the Tunnel.”

Remember that at the end of the year all of the monthly winning photos will battle it out for the NoVAGO 2019 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.

April 2019 Photo of the Month Winner

Congratulations to DePhogration for his photo titled “Cement Ghosts.”

Remember that at the end of the year all of the monthly winning photos will battle it out for the NoVAGO 2019 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.

Photos of the Month: April, May, and June!

Calling all NoVAGO members! Head on over to our Photo of the Month page to vote for your favorite photo for April and May and to submit photos for June.

  • April’s poll will be open through tomorrow evening (as we only had 3 votes as of today).
  • May’s poll will be open until June 10th.

Remember that each month’s winner will compete for Photo of the Year honors.

The current competition (as of the first quarter):

Serrabou – Post Flood River Icicles – Jan2019

Mrs Seadog – Luray Rainbow – Feb 2019

ZippyFinn – Puddles – Mar2019

DePhogration – Iced Over – Mar2019