Simply point your browser to the LGCnet website at http://www.emap.com/lgc - remembering to bookmark the address for easy return to the site - and click on the LGC Awards logo.
This will give you an introduction to the awards, criteria and entry forms for the 10 awards open to anyone working in local government.
LGC has sent information packs to 4,000 council leaders, chief executives and heads of finance, personnel, legal services, public relations, information technology and economic development.
The judges who will decide four finalists and one winner in each category are listed below.
Council of the Year
Rodney Bickerstaffe, general secretary, Unison; Brian Briscoe, chief executive, Local Government Association; Andrew Foster, controller of the Audit Commission since 1992; John Stewart, professor of local government, Inlogov, Birmingham University; Eddie White, assistant general manager, Zurich Municipal.
David Clark, chief executive, York District Council; Herman Ouseley, chair, Commission for Racial Equality; Keith Sonnet, Unison head of local government.
Alan Alexander, professor of local and public management, Strathclyde University; Malcolm Fowler, director, local government solutions, MDIS; John Serle, head of information technology at Lincolnshire CC since 1987.
Rod Aldridge, chairman and chief executive, Capita Group; Michael Lyons, chief executive, Birmingham City Council; David Taylor, chairman, Lancashire Enterprises.
Pamela Gordon, chief executive, Sheffield City Council; Judith Hunt, chief executive, Local Government Management Board; Douglas Sinclair, chief executive, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
Rob Hughes, chief executive, Kirklees MBC; Jim Pringle, general manager, local government and community development, BT; Heather Rabbatts, chief executive, Lambeth LBC.
David Adams, director designate, CIPFA; Bernard Harty, town clerk and chamberlain, Corporation of London; Adrian Slater, national director, Hays Accountancy Personnel public sector division.
Geoff Armstrong, director general, Institute of Personnel and Development; Richard Sullivan, director of group resources, Rank Xerox UK; Susan Thomas, director of personnel and administration, Lewisham LBC.
Tony Girling, president, Law Society; Malcolm Iley, senior partner, Bevan Ashford Solicitors; George Krawiec, town clerk and chief executive, Stafford BC.
Public Relations Team
Geoffrey Bowden,chairman, Westminster Public Relations; Carol Grant, director of communications and public affairs, Local Government Association; Beth Wagstaff, assistant chief executive, Hertfordshire CC.