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Award Yourself: Awards Programs for Public Relations Pros

We all know the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Grammys. But there are plenty of other awards ceremonies taking place this year. Various organizations run annual awards programs recognizing the work of public relations firms. Winning these awards can bring additional visibility to your business, help you win and retain clients, and bolster the enthusiasm of your workforce. For the individual, being part of an award-winning team or campaign can help you earn a promotion and more money. I’ve put together a list of some of the more notable public relations awards programs.

You should check web sites for updated information about deadlines and entry fees. A number of local and regional organizations, as well as industry-specific organizations (automotive, healthcare, technology, etc.), also offer awards programs, so be sure to be on the lookout for those as well.

Institute for Public Relations Awards
http://www.instituteforpr.org/awards

Various awards programs recognizing academics, individuals, organizations, and campaigns in general and specific fields. Some awards are presented by the IPA, while others involve an entry process and fee. Cash grants and awards, and internships also awarded. Deadlines vary.

International Association of Business Communications
http://www.iabc.com/awards/gq

Gold Quill awards programs recognize excellence in business communications, including media relations, government relations, crisis communications, and customer communications, among other areas. Open to members and non-members.

International Public Relations Associaton
http://www.ipra.org/detail.asp?articleid=331

Awards program recognizing excellence in public relations by individual and organizations around the world. Open to members and non-members. London-based organization.

League of American Communications Professionals Awards
http://www.lacp.com/competition.htm

Various awards programs recognizing excellence in communications campaigns, including annual reports and internal employee communications.  Open to the public.

Mercury Awards
http://www.mercommawards.com/mercury.htm

Recognizes excellence in professional communications (i.e., materials such as press kits, websites, brochures, etc). Open to the public.

PRNews Awards
http://www.prnewsonline.com/awards

Various awards programs recognizing individuals, organizations, and campaigns in general and specific fields, including non-profit and legal. Open to the public.

PRSA Awards
http://www.prsa.org/awards/index.html?WT.ac=AwardsTopNav

Various awards programs recognizing individuals, organizations, and campaigns in general and specific fields offered by The Public Relations Society of America. Silver Anvil Awards the best-known of the awards programs. Open to members and non-members. Local PRSA chapters also run awards program. Please check with your local chapter for additional information.

PRWeek Awards
http://www.prweekus.com/PRWeek-Awards/section/174

Various awards programs recognizing individuals, organizations, and campaigns in general and specific fields.

SABRE Awards
http://www.holmesreport.com/about/sabre_info.cfm

Recognizes excellence in marketing and communications. Various categories including product media relations and publicity stunts, among others. Presented by The Holmes Report.

This article, written by Ben Silverman, originally appeared in PR Fuel (http://www.ereleases.com/prfuel), a free weekly newsletter from eReleases (http://www.ereleases.com), the online leader in affordable press release distribution. To subscribe to PR Fuel, visit: http://www.ereleases.com/prfuel/subscribe/.

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