The 87th Academy Awards ceremony is just around the corner. As people across the globe share their predictions for this year's Oscar winners, I decided to celebrate our own laurels with a look back at some Aquatics International's articles that have garnered recognition from our business media professional peers.

Now in its 27th year, Aquatics International has served as the leading voice of the industry. And in recent years, the magazine has received a number of nods for its coverage of news, important issues and trends impacting the industry. Perhaps the most notable are The Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards, which have been called “the Pulitzer Prize of the business media.”  Even if you've already read the stories, I promise they all are worth revisiting.

Most recently, AI's former senior editor Kendra Kozen (who has since moved on to another role with Hanley Wood Media) earned two Neal awards in 2009 and 2011 for the articles "Infectious Fun?" and "The Enemy Within," respectively.

In "Infectious Fun?," Kozen explored how the threat a then-emerging trend of sprayparks could pose a risk to spreading recreational waterborne illnesses and what the industry could do to protect itself and facility's patrons.

With "The Enemy Within," Kozen again delves into a serious yet controversial issue with a look at the USA Swimming sex abuse scandal and how proper policies and procedures could prevent future incidents.

In 2007, AI took home a Neal award with "Who's Watching the Children," a special investigative piece that served to educate facilities on how to protect patrons against sexual predators.

Although published several years ago, all three articles remain relevant today. While it's been exciting to receive the nominations and win the awards for these stories, none of it would have been possible without the help of our readers. So of course, we extend a heartfelt thanks for continuing to turn to us for guidance as well as offer insight regarding issues that are of the utmost importance to you and your peers.