Sometimes giving out awards is taken as a job to just get done. The event needs awards so go get something and move to the next thing. I'd like to give a few suggestions that you may not have thought about. The award you give is a reflection of the group or event that is giving it. A modern artistic award is much more likely to be prominently displayed where it will be seen. Besides the recipient appreciating something nice, a displayed piece gets your event, logo or sponsors logo displayed, too. A lot of the older more traditional awards, besides looking dated, do not have a good area for artwork. Our artwork is over the top and when put on the appropriate award will give lasting value to your event.
Make your award stand out among a wall of lookalikes and your event and organization will stand out as well. The best part is that it does not have to be expensive to do.