The coveted People of the Year Awards showcase top talent, passionate professionals and budding comms leaders who are redefining the modern PR world. 

The prestigious honor of being named a People of the Year honoree has a profound impact on the lives of our honorees and their organizations—boosting morale, accelerating career growth, expanding professional networks and increasing company loyalty.


  • The Agency CEOs
    Innovative agency leaders who are driving indelible progress and growth for their firms—and the industry. 
  • The Agency Innovators
    Agency pros who have helped their firm grow in client base and/or revenue, expanded the scope of the agency's offerings, or spearheaded winning campaign(s) on behalf of a client.
  • The Brand Reputation Mavens
    Communicators who have worked around the clock to build, protect or restore an organization’s reputation.
  • The Chief Communicators
    Impressive in-house CCOs who not only advance their organization’s corporate reputation but also fight for their department’s seat at the table. 
  • The Crisis Managers
    Standout communicators who have led overall communications efforts during a crisis, have proven their ability to protect an organization's reputation and stay on message during a crisis.
  • The CSR & ESG Trailblazers

    Recognizing exceptional communicators who leads the charge in promoting corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives within their organization, driving positive impact both locally and globally.

  • The Data & Measurement Game-Changers
    The innovative minds going above and beyond to prove PR’s performance and its impact on business objectives.
  • The DEI Champions
    Professionals who have taken an active role in fostering a work environment of opportunity, equality, inclusivity and empowerment for all.
  • The Digital PR Disruptors
    The standout communicators who are innovating across multiple digital platforms to drive brand awareness, extend reach and increase their organization’s online presence.
  • The Educators
    PR specialists who have established themselves as highly sought-after trainers or teachers.
  • The Mentors
    Extraordinary leaders who guide and motivate those around them, and who had an outsized impact on the careers of their colleagues.
  • The Media Relations Titans
    Communicators who have worked tirelessly to build strong relationships with journalists and influencers through all channels, including social networks, or succeeded at repositioning a brand through media outreach.
  • The New Entrepreneurs on the Block
    PR dynamos who have launched an agency within the last 18 months and continue to work tirelessly toward their success. 
  • The Nonprofit PR Innovators
    Communicators whose efforts led to increased donations or membership, or secured major media coverage, resulting in increased awareness, for a nonprofit organization, association, government entity, or university.
  • The Ones to Watch
    Superstars on the rise, making their mark on the industry, even at the early stages of their careers with fewer than 7 years in the industry.
  • The Public Affairs Leaders
    PR pros who work tirelessly to influence and educate the public about social, economic, governmental and other issues.

Eligibility & Fees


Entry Deadline: June 28, 2024
Late Deadline: July 12, 2024
Extended Late Deadline: July 19

Entry Fees

Entry Fee: $450
Late Fee: $199
Extended Late Deadline Fee: $249

The price of each nomination is $450. A late fee of $249 will be applied to nominations submitted between July 13 and July 19. Payment in full must accompany the entry. Entry fees are not refundable.

*All nominations must be submitted by July 19, 2024. Honorees will be announced in August 2024.

The Gala

The Platinum and People of the Year Awards Gala
Tuesday, October 8, 2024
6:00 - 10:00pm (ET)

The Lighthouse
Pier 61 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011

All People of the Year honorees will be spotlighted at the coveted Platinum Awards Gala. This sophisticated event venue is located within New York’s iconic Chelsea Piers.

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Submission Requirements

People of the Year nominations will require the following:

JUSTIFICATIONOutline the reason why the individual should be named an honoree.

ROLE IN ORGANIZATIONPlease provide some details of the individual's role in the organization.

SUMMARY OF ACHIEVEMENTSPlease explain how your nominee has raised the bar on creativity, strategy and execution for the organization, or how they have gone above and beyond expectations.

SUPPORTING MATERIALSupporting Materials can include anything that best represents the success of your work. Examples include:

  • Websites
  • ROI Stats
  • Media Coverage
  • Press Materials
  • Testimonials
  • Research
  • Documents
  • Videos
  • Photos


Submission Questions

For questions regarding entry submissions, please contact:

Mary-Lou French
[email protected]


For sponsorship inquiries, contact:

Dara Brooks
[email protected]