Hi, again! Just so you all know, there is another all-encompassing sugar arts awards program (in addition to the Cake Masters' one) that's running for the first time this year. It's called the EAGA (Edible Artists Global Awards), and you can find more info here.
Unlike the Cake Masters' program, they do no have a cookie category per se, but they do have a royal icing category for which a couple of cookie artists (most notably, our very own contributor @Dolce Sentire - Aixa Zunino) have already been nominated.
The EAGA are accepting self-nominations (yes, only you can nominate yourself) through September 15, 2016, so if you think you are eligible for any of the categories, please consider going for it. I don't know much about these awards other than what I read on the site, including: (1) a $70 USD fee must accompany your self-nomination, (2) their panel of judges will select four finalists in each category, and (3) the ultimate winner in each category will be determined by online popular vote from October 15 to November 7, 2016.
Best of luck to all who enter!