PRNews Awards

PRNEWS Awards spotlight the people, organizations and brands challenging assumptions, pushing boundaries and embracing the seemingly impossible to create winning campaigns. PRNEWS Awards community is comprised of communicators and marketers from corporations, agencies and nonprofits worldwide.

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Awards Programs

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    Digital PR Awards

    PRNEWS’ Digital Awards honor the year’s most outstanding digital communicators and their campaigns.

    Entry Deadline: Feb. 19, 2021
    Late Deadline: Feb. 26, 2021

    View the 2020 Winners

    Categories include:


    • Branding Campaign
    • Content Marketing Campaign
    • Contest/Game
    • Crisis Management Campaign
    • Digital Marketing Campaign ($250k and Under)
    • Digital Marketing Campaign ($250k+)
    • Digital Newsroom
    • Digital PR Campaign
    • Employee Communications
    • Facebook Campaign
    • Game Changer Campaign
    • In-House Digital Marketing Campaign
    • In-House Digital PR Campaign
    • Instagram Campaign
    • Influencer Campaign
    • LinkedIn Campaign
    • Media Relations Campaign
    • Microsite/Custom Site
    • Mobile App
    • Pinterest Campaign
    • Product Launch
    • Site Launch
    • Site Redesign
    • Snapchat Campaign
    • Social Listening Campaign
    • Twitter Campaign
    • Video or Video Series
    • Viral Campaign


    • Digital Communicator of the Year
    • Digital Firm of the Year
    • Digital Team of the Year
  • Top Women in PR Awards

    PRNEWS’ Top Women in PR Awards celebrate the talented women in PR and communications that continually set the bar higher.

    Entry Deadline: May 7, 2021
    Late Deadline: May 14, 2021

    2021 Call for Entries will open March 15, 2021.

    See the 2020 honorees!

  • Platinum PR Awards

    Entry Deadline: Jul. 16, 2021
    Late Deadline: Jul. 23, 2021

    View the 2020 Platinum PR Winners

    Categories include:

    Top People of the Year
    CEO of the Year
    Corporate Spokesperson of the Year
    PR Professional of the Year

    Top Teams of the Year
    Marketing Team of the Year
    PR Team of the Year

    Top Agencies of the Year
    Boutique Agency (5 or fewer employees)
    Small PR Agency of the Year (6 to 25 employees)
    Medium PR Agency of the Year (25 to 100 employees)
    Large PR Agency of the Year (more than 100 employees)

    Top Campaigns of the Year
    24-Hour Campaign
    Activism Campaign
    Best Use of Artificial Intelligence
    Best Use of Augmented or Virtual Reality
    Best Use of Crowdsourcing
    Best Use of Data and Measurement
    Best Use of Influencers
    Company Turnaround
    Cause-Related Marketing
    Community Engagement
    Community Relations
    Content Marketing
    Crisis Management
    Digital Communications
    Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
    Global PR Campaign
    Integrated Communications, Marketing & PR
    Marketing Communications
    Media Relations: Agency
    Media Relations: Corporation
    Media Relations: Nonprofit
    Multicultural Campaign
    On a Shoestring Campaign
    Online Press Room/Media Center
    PESO Execution
    Pro Bono Campaign
    Product Launch, Consumer
    Product Launch, B2B
    Public Affairs
    Satellite Media Tours
    Social Good Campaign
    Social Good Campaign during a Global Crisis
    Social Listening
    Speech/Series of Speeches
    Visual Storytelling Campaign
    Website Launch or Redesign
    Viral Marketing
    GameChanger Award

    Campaign, Industry Vertical

    Campaign, Best Use of a Channel
    Social Media, Single Platform
    Social Media, Multi-Platform

    Corporate Communications
    Annual Report
    Customer Relations
    Employee Relations
    Global Crisis External Communications
    Global Crisis Internal Communications
    Government and Regulator Relations
    Investor Relations

    Event Initiatives
    Employee Event
    Event Marketing
    Live Streaming
    Media Event
    Online Event
    Trade Show/Event PR

    External Publication (print or online)
    Internal Publication (print or online)

  • The Diversity Awards

    The Diversity Awards strive to amplify the voices and talents of professionals from marginalized communities and serve as a celebration of the social efforts PR pros make every day to ensure an inclusive future for the industry.

    Entry Deadline: Dec. 10, 2020
    Late Deadline: Dec. 17, 2020

    Pioneer Awards

    • Black Pioneer Award
    • Latinx Pioneer Award
    • LGBTQIA2+ Pioneer Award
    • Asian/Asian Pacific Islander Pioneer Award
    • Indigenous Persons Pioneer Award
    • Persons with Disabilities Pioneer Award


    Individual/Team Awards

    • Ally Award
    • Mentor of the Year
    • Outstanding HBCU Comms/Media Student
    • Undergraduate Student of the Year
    • Graduate Student of the Year
    • Outstanding Educator of the Year
    • Outstanding HBCU Educator of the Year
    • Team of the Year


    Company Awards

    • Mentoring Program
    • Diversity & Inclusion Program


    Campaign Awards

    • Best Campaign by a Black-Owned Business
    • Best Campaign by a Latinx Owned Business
    • Best LGBTQIA2+ Centered Campaign
    • Most Impactful Response to Racial Injustice
    • Diversity & Inclusion Campaign
    • Best PR Diversity Initiative
    • Best In House Diversity Initiative
  • Social Media Awards

    The Social Media Awards are presented by PRNEWS’ sister brand, The Social Shake-Up and recognize the most innovative social media campaigns and the movers and shakers behind them.

    Entry Deadline: Dec. 4, 2020
    Late Deadline: Dec. 11, 2020

    View the 2019 Winners

    Categories Include:

    People and Teams

    • Best Social Media Team
    • Digital Leader of the Year



    • Cross-Platform Marketing/Multichannel Marketing
    • Social Media Crisis Management or Response


    Best Use of Specific Platforms


    • B2B Application
    • Community Engagement
    • Contest or Game
    • Facebook Ads
    • Facebook Live Campaign
    • Facebook Story
    • Original Content
    • Promoted Post
    • PSA
    • Retargeting Campaign
    • Social Good Campaign
    • Storytelling
    • Use of Influencer Marketing
    • Use of Humor
    • Use of Video


    • Community Engagement
    • Contest or Game
    • IGTV or Instagram Live
    • Marketing or PR Campaign
    • Use of Influencer Marketing
    • Use of Instagram Stories
    • Use of a Photo


    • Community Engagement
    • Company Page
    • Marketing or PR Campaign
    • Original Content
    • PSA
    • Retargeting Campaign
    • Use of Video


    • Best Marketing or PR Campaign
    • Best Original Content


    • Contest or Game
    • Marketing or PR Campaign
    • Original Content
    • Use of AR Filters
    • Use of Influencer Marketing


    • B2B Application
    • Contest or Challenge
    • PSA
    • Social Good Campaign
    • Storytelling
    • Use of Influencer Marketing
    • Use of Humor


    • Advocacy Campaign
    • Campaign to Increase Followers
    • Community Engagement
    • Customer Service
    • Marketing or PR Campaign
    • Original Content
    • Social Good Campaign


    • Channel
    • Marketing or PR Campaign
    • Individual Video
  • CSR & Nonprofit Awards

    PRNEWS’ CSR & Nonprofit Awards honor the most talented communicators that work hard to make the world a better place via corporate social responsibility and nonprofit initiatives.

    Entry Deadline: Nov. 6, 2020
    Late Deadline: Nov. 13, 2020

    View 2020 Winners

    Categories include:

    Organizational Mission

    • Community Affairs
    • Corporate Partnership
    • Corporate CSR Program
    • Employee Relations
    • Employee Volunteer Program
    • Scholarship Program (Internal)
    • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Sustainability/CSR Report 

    Communications and Campaigns

    • Annual Publication or Brochure
    • Annual Report
    • Cause Branding Campaign
    • CSR Event
    • Crisis Management
    • Digital PR and Marketing
    • Green/Sustainability Campaign
    • Media Relations
    • Philanthropic Communications
    • Shoestring Budget
    • Social Media Campaign
    • Video Storytelling

    Social Meaning

    • Advocacy Campaign and Lobbying Efforts
    • Diversity Initiative
    • Environmental Stewardship
    • Scholarship Program (External)
    • Social Good/Responsibility Campaign

    People and Teams

    • Agency CSR A-List
    • Professional of the Year
    • Nonprofit Team of the Year
  • Education A-List

    Our first-ever editorial roster will recognize the best institutions of higher education for career advancement in PR and marketing communications. Colleges and Universities are invited to apply, free of charge.

    Entry Deadline: Oct. 30, 2020
  • PR People Awards

    PRNEWS’ PR People Awards highlight the top talent whose work is making an impact in the field of communications.

    Entry Deadline: Jul. 11, 2020
    Late Deadline: Jul. 17, 2020

    View the 2020 PR People & Rising Star Honorees

    • Categories of the Year:Student of the Year
    • PR Intern of the Year
    • Account Director or Supervisor of the Year
    • Agency Account Manager of the Year
    • Community Relations Professional of the Year
    • Corporate Social Responsibility Leader of the Year
    • Crisis Manager of the Year
    • Digital Communications Leader of the Year
    • Event Marketer of the Year
    • Financial Communications Professional of the Year
    • Government Communicator of the Year
    • Internal Communicator of the Year
    • MARCOM Professional of the Year
    • Marketer of the Year
    • Measurement Expert of the Year
    • Media Relations Professional of the Year
    • Publicist of the Year
    • Public Affairs Professional of the Year
    • Social Media Professional of the Year
    • Spokesperson of the Year
    • Volunteer of the Year

    Rising Stars and People of the Year

    • Corporate
      • Executive of the Year
      • Rising Star 30 & Under
    • Nonprofit/Association
      • Executive of the Year
      • Rising Star 30 & Under
    • Agency
      • Executive of the Year
      • Rising Star 30 & Under
  • Agency Elite Top 100

    PRNEWS’ Agency Elite Top 100 recognizes the top communications, marketing, and digital agencies. PR and comms agencies are invited to enter, free of charge, into this summer’s most exclusive club…THE AGENCY ELITE.

    Entry Deadline: May 22, 2020
    Late Deadline: Jun. 5, 2020