Perhaps this is unique to my organization (public sector, 10,000+ people), but if you want to receive recognition for your work, you need to nominate yourself for awards. Supervisors won't nominate, or even sign a nomination package you've prepared. Colleagues won't nominate, because there's a "what's in it for me" culture here. I understand that you need to go after opportunities yourself in life, but going after opportunities to "toot your own horn" seems arrogant.
Before you judge, I have nominated several colleagues for various awards and recognition while working here because I strongly felt they deserved it. I was glad to do it because I wanted to let these people know that I appreciated them. Some were successful, others not.
I feel very uncomfortable nominating myself for anything. I was raised to believe that your work should speak for itself, and if your work isn't causing other people to want to nominate you for recognition or awards, you aren't working hard enough. Self-promotion is seen as prideful in my family.
I routinely outperform my peers, and both my supervisor and colleagues have said, "you could nominate yourself for X if you want to." They are basically saying, "I think what you are doing is great and you deserve recognition for it, but I'm not going to support you."
Should I start self-nominating for every award that is relevant to my work?