Professional communicators face a challenging time. Our work is evolving. It may not be easy, but it is essential to the health of our profession.
The 2020 Big Apple Awards will identify our industry's best work done by many of our brightest leaders. The difficult work that solves problems and creates opportunities. The bold work that captures a unique kind of value for clients and colleagues. The innovative work that confronts conventional challenges in new ways.
By recognizing and honoring excellence and innovation, the Big Apple Awards helps change the communications landscape.
We welcome all types of nominations, from large-scale campaigns to specific projects from every industry vertical.
The 15 Under 35 Awards
The 15 Under 35 Awards were created in 2016 by PRSA-NY to help identify, honor and further the professional development of the New York metropolitan area’s foremost rising talent in communications, ages 35 and under.
Entries close August 7, 2020. Enter for FREE below by self-nomination or by nominating a deserving colleague, mentor or friend.
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The Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Awards
Big Apple's Leadership in Diversity Award honors exceptional companies, public relations agencies, and individuals who are leading initiatives that foster diversity in the workplace and champion underrepresented groups and their advancement across the full spectrum of private enterprise.
Entries will be accepted through September 11, 2020.
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2020 CAMPAIGN ENTRY PLATFORM HAS CLOSED
Our 2020 program recognizes the best work of 2019 submitted by in-house (association, corporate and government) communications teams, agencies of all sizes, and independent practitioners across the New York metro area.
The 2020 Big Apple Awards are providing the greatest platform yet to do so in the history of PRSA-NY. Enter now for your chance to be part of the 2020 award winners’ class.
MORE THAN 100 AWARD CATEGORIES
The scopes of our 100+ award categories were all carefully reviewed, defined, and expanded to better represent the work of communications professionals across the Tri-State region.
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IMPROVED ONLINE ENTRY PROCESS
Our 100% online entry portal is aligned with the PRSA Silver Anvil Awards, so it's easy to submit your entries in both programs!
IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING BUDGET INFO
- Budget information is no longer required in the two-page summary reports that are submitted during the entry process. Confidential information should be excluded from those two-page reports.
- Though budget information IS required in the online form, it will automatically be considered “CONFIDENTIAL” for review only by the Big Apple judges.
Entrants may also provide supplemental information – text, charts, graphics, presentations, research, or other assets – that may give your entry a competitive edge.
TIPS ON HOW TO "WIN A BIG APPLE AWARD "
Industry experts, former judges, and recent award winners have shared their favorite tips for writing an award-winning entry (and mistakes to avoid along the way).
Emmanuel Tchividjian, PRSA-NY’s chief ethics officer, compiled their guidance into a great “How To” presentation that will help entrants communicate program goals, describe tactics, highlight measureable results and maximize your chances of winning one of the most prestigious awards in the communications industry.
[VIEW THE 2020 'HOW TO WIN' PRESENTATION]
LEARN FROM THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY WON
Review the top award-winning entries from 2019 … you may be able to pick up a few insights from their presentations:
The PRSA-NY Big Apple Awards are the gold standard of excellence for PR practitioners in the New York metro area and celebrate the tremendous work of PR agencies, companies, governmental bodies, and not-for-profit organizations implemented during the prior year. Multiple exclusive and non-exclusive sponsorship packages are available to position your company or brand in front of the nation’s largest and most influential workforce of professional communicators.
[VIEW 2020 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES]
- Applications for Interested Judges
Closed on July 24, 2020
- Final Deadline (Extended due to postponement)
Closed on Friday, July 24th, at 11:59 pm (EDT)
- Finalist Notification: Mid-August
- 2020 Big Apple Gala: Wednesday, September 30th
[VIEW 2020 CALENDAR AND ENTRY PRICING]
- For questions about the Big Apple Awards
ABOUT THE BIG APPLE AWARDS
The New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America established the Big Apple Awards program in 1988 to encourage excellence in public relations. The program has evolved to keep pace with a rapidly changing industry and continues celebrate the exciting and innovative successes of talented professionals working in the heart of the communications universe. Today, a Big Apple Award is recognized as one of the highest honors bestowed in public relations.