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With over 60,000 entries annually, the Addy Awards are the world’s largest and perhaps toughest advertising competition recognizing all forms of advertising, creative in all sizes and entrants from anywhere in the world. Addies are awarded by the 200 members of the American Advertising Federation and are the only awards administered by the advertising industry for the industry. Judged by a jury of renowned creative directors, awards are given to both single and campaign executions, distinguished by product, service or technique. For more information, go to http://www.aaf.org/default.asp?id=27
The Health Improvement Institute holds an annual award for excellence dedicated to health issues. They are given to producers of health-related radio and TV PSAs and websites. Judges choose one PSA and website to receive the top prize - an elegant engraved brass plaque. All winners of the award receive a certificate and a logo to use in publicity materials. Visit http://www.hii.org/400aesc.htm.
The Apex Awards are given to recognize excellence in graphic design, editoral content and overall communications effectiveness in 130 different categories, ranging from newsletters and electronic media to writing and design. The awards are sponsored by Writing that Works:The Business Communications Report. For more information, go to http://www.ApexAwards.com
The Aurora Awards is a international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. It specifically targets products, programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level, by focusing on non-national commercials, regional or special interest entertainment and corporate sponsored film and video. Competitors come from the independent, corporate, and freelance production groups, advertising agencies, broadcast stations, large and small, from across the U.S. and abroad. Winners may be awarded a "Platinum Best of Show" or a "Gold Award". The Best of show is the highest honor given. Only about one in ten receive this honor, while about two out of ten receive the Gold Award. Go to: http://www.auroraawards.com.
Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards
Contact the National Association of Government Communicators for
their annual awards program which includes their Blue Pencil Awards
for outstanding print materials, and the Gold Screen Awards for exceptional
videos, including a category for PSAs. Call 703-538-1787.
Cause Marketing Halo Awards
The Cause Marketing Halo Awards are cause marketing's highest honor -- and the subject of an annual special section in Advertising Age. Submissions should include organization positioning, competitive and target consumer description and nonprofit objectives (see more details at the website below). Print, radio or video creative, website, packaging, photographs of events or displays, premiums, research, clippings and other documentation of program impact can be used to document an entry. Visit their website at http://www.causemarketingforum.com/page.asp?ID=79
Probably the best known advertising award in the country, the television related awards are even shown in some broadcast markets. The site now has a searchable database of Clio Award winners from 1960 to the present in all five categories: television, radio, print/poster, design, and interactive. Visit their website: http://www.clioawards.com.
CINE Golden Eagle Awards
The CINE Golden Eagle awards do not compete against each other; rather they are judged against a high standard of excellence. Judging criteria include: presentation, writing, sound, editing, creativity, visuals, insights, effective communication to the intended audience, and overall excellence. How well a production measures up to the standards it sets for itself, described in the "purpose" section of the entry form, is especially important. Those who should enter include: professional filmmakers, video producers, students, independent filmmakers, networks, distributors,sponsors and individual craftspeople, such as directors, screenwriters, and editors. For more information, go to: http://www.cine.orgm.
The Effies award Ideas That Work - ideas that achieve real results and strategy that goes into creating them. It is one of the only awards programs that recognizes the most significant achievement in marketing communications effectiveness. visit their website at http://www.effie.org.
The Emmy® Awards are administered by three sister organizations which focus on various sectors of television programming: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (prime time), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (daytime, sports, news and documentary), and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (international). The awards recognize excellence within various areas of the television industry and are a symbol of peer recognition from over 15,000 members of the Academy. Each member casts a ballot for the category of competition in their field of expertise. cdn.emmys.tv/awards/index.php.
The Halo Awards presented by the Cause Marketing Forum honor the best cause marketing campaigns and are featured in an annual special section of Advertising Age. Outstanding companies and causes will compete in the following categories: Best Transactional Campaign; Best Message-Focused Campaign; Best Health-Related Campaign; Best Environmental or Animal Campaign; Best Social Service or Education Campaign; Best Digital Marketing Campaign; Best Event Marketing Campaign; Best Video Creative; and Best Print Creative. www.causemarketingforum.com.
The MarCom, Ava and Hermes Awards are sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals and given to those professionals who create outstanding marketing and communication programs using print, visual and audio materials. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. For additional information, visit http://www.amcpros.com/awards.php.
Honors outstanding TV, radio, print and package design. The competition provides an international forum through which advertising agencies, producers, art directors and designers can attain recognition for creative endeavors. go to: http://www.mobiusawards.com.
The OBIE Award is one of the oldest and most prestigious honors for creative excellence in outdoor advertising, given by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. The OBIE is named after the Egyptian obelisk, a tall stone structure that was used to publicize laws and treaties thousands of years ago, and is considered by historians to be the first true form of advertising. For more information, go to: http://www.oaaa.org/obieawards.aspx..
The O'Toole Awards, sponsored by the American Association of Advertising Agencies, honor creative work of member agencies in seven different categories produced during a current calendar year, with two specifically designated for public service – print and broadcast. For additional information on deadlines and how to enter, go to: http://www.otooleawards.com/#/home.
The intent of the Peabody Awards is to recognize outstanding achievement in electronic media, including radio, television and cable. The competition is open to entries produced for alternative means of electronic distribution, including corporate video, educational media, home-video release, World Wide Web and CD-ROM. Programs produced and intended for general theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for a Peabody Award. All program entries must be for programs originally broadcast, cablecast or released for non-broadcast distribution during the previous calendar year. For more information: http://www.peabody.uga.edu..
Created vy video professionals for their peers, this award recognizes exemplary work being produced by non-broadcast professionals, typically underserved by video and film competitions. Categories include Corporate Communications, Education, Government, Commercials, Medical and Special Event. Visit their website at http://www.pegasusawards.com.
The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) annually presents the PRISM Awards, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), FX Network, and News Corporation, for outstanding accomplishments in the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction, as well as mental health issues, in film, television, interactive, comic book, music, and DVD entertainment. PRISM Award winners are selected through a submission and review process by members of the creative community and scientific experts. They are selected for their entertainment value, accessibility of their message, and scientific accuracy. The production in each category that best exemplifies these three objectives is presented with an award. For more information go to: www.prismawards.com.
The Annual Reggie Awards honor the “best of the best” in promotion marketing and are awarded by the Promotion Marketing Association. Gold, Silver, and Bronze trophies may be awarded in 14 different categories and the Super Reggie is given for the best promotion of the year. The Awards are dedicated to recognizing superior promotional thinking, creativity, and execution across the full spectrum of promotional marketing, including public service ad campaigns. For more information, go to: www.pmalink.org.
Silver Anvil Award
The Silver Anvil, awarded by the Public Relations Society of America, symbolizing the forging of public opinion, is awarded annually to organizations that have successfully addressed a contemporary issue with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness. The public relations profession’s most prestigious honor, the Silver Anvil Award acknowledges the very highest level of achievement and is the established icon of the “best of the best” public relations practices. In the 60-plus-year history of the Silver Anvils, more than 1,000 organizations have been recognized, including solo practitioners, agencies of all sizes, large and small businesses, top corporations, nonprofits, associations and government agencies. One-third of all award winners have a program budget of less than $100,000. Additionally, the 16 categories and various subcategories reflect the wide scope and valuable contribution of public relations today. Silver Anvils recognize complete public relations programs incorporating measurable and sound research, planning, execution and evaluation. These four areas represent the solid criteria by which senior practitioners judge each entry to ensure it meets the highest standards of performance in the profession. For more information, go to: www.www.prsa.org/awards/silveranvil.
The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as outstanding video/film productions, and work created for the Web. Since 1978, its purpose has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. Go to: http://www.telly.com
The Communicator Awards
A national competition honoring excellence in all forms of mass communications
including Print, Video, Intereactive, Audio, Marketing Effectiveness and Integrated Campaigns.
The awards competition receives over 9,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes,
for 26 different categories.