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8 Agency Awards Opportunities You Shouldn’t Miss

PRweek-AwardWorking at an agency means you have the opportunity to learn about (and work with) companies in a variety of different industries. The tradeoff, however, is the extensive elbow grease that goes into every project.

That’s why you deserve some recognition after a successful campaign. Not just a happy email from the client or a high-five from your boss—but a real pat on the back. Seriously, you deserve to feel like Jennifer Lawrence accepting her Oscar (minus the falling-up-the-stairs part).

Yes, award nominations can be a bit pricey, and yes, it sometimes takes hard work and brainpower to pull off a winning entry. So what’s the point of submitting a nomination besides a potential glimpse of stardom, and extra publicity for your agency and client account?

Well, this exposure makes you a hot commodity. Clients want to work with you, and competitors want to be you. It also helps attract top talent. No one wants to leave their career to go work for Plain Jane and Associates (Sorry, Jane).

So, with all the available options to choose from, where should you focus your efforts? Glad you asked. There are hundreds of fantastic opportunities for agencies to win awards for their dynamic performances. To help narrow down your search, we’ve uncovered eight of our clients’ favorites. (Note: The below list is in no particular order).

Top Agency Award Opportunities

1. AdAge’s Small Agency Conference & Awards

  • About: Designed to honor small agencies in the creative industry. There are award winners in three employee size categories: 1-10, 11-75 and 76-150.
  • Who should enter: Agencies that are considered small-to-mid size may enter this competition. The conference is intended for marketing, advertising, design, media and brand professionals.
  • Cost per entry: TBD*
  • Deadline Date: TBD* 

2. The Caples Awards

  • About: These awards honor the best in direct and interactive marketing around the world. There are more than 25 categories to choose from.
  • Who should enter: Agencies are encouraged to nominate themselves or their clients for their courageous creative campaigns.
  • Cost per entry: Single nominations are $355, campaigns are $425 and the Courageous Client category is $180.
  • Deadline Date: September 5, 2014.
  • Link to submission process: Click here. 

3. Hermes Creative Awards

  • About: There are 195 categories to choose from, including the option to write your own category. Any given category can have one winner or even multiple winners.
  • Who should enter: Professionals in corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, graphic design studios, production companies, web and digital creators, and freelancers are all encouraged to submit nominations.
  • Cost per entry: There is a $65 fee per entry, or $150 fee per campaign or plan.
  • Deadline Date: TBD*
  • Link to submission process: Click here.

4. MarCom Awards

  • About: These awards honor the logistics and implementation of print, visual, audio and web promotional materials and programs. There is an average of 6,000 entries per year
  • Who should enter: Corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design studios, production companies and freelancers are all welcomed to submit nominations.
  • Cost per entry: There is a $65 fee per entry, or $150 fee per campaign or plan.
  • Deadline Date: September 12, 2014.
  • Link to submission process: Click here

5. PR Agency Elite Awards

  • About: All PR agencies around the world are eligible to win The PR Agency Elite Awards. There are three main categories that agencies can submit nominations: Practice Area (27 options), Internal Agency Promotions (7 options), and Agency Professional Recognition.
  • Who should enter: Freelancers, boutique agencies, small agencies, midsize agencies and large agencies.
  • Cost per entry: Each primary entry submitted is $350. Each additional submission is $225.
  • Deadline Date: TBD*

6. PRWeek Awards

  • About: With 35 trophies awarded each year, competition for each category is usually quite intense. According to PRWeek, the awards “celebrate the best of the best corporate, agency, nonprofit, and education teams, and the work they produced during the entry period.”
  • Who should enter: Corporate communications professionals, marketing teams, PR agencies, public affairs firms, IR agencies, publicists, nonprofits, PR educational professionals, government PR teams, freelance communications practitioners, outside contractors and vendors.
  • Cost per entry: Each primary entry submitted is $390 (Note: Business Awards-Agency is $440). Each additional submission is $230.
  • Deadline Date: October 3, 2014.
  • Link to submission process: Click here.

7. Ragan’s PR Daily Awards

  • About: There are 35 categories to choose from, and awards are available for individuals, teams and clients. Winners receive a feature article in a Special Edition of PR Daily, a trophy and complimentary registration to any upcoming Ragan event or conference.
  • Who should enter: Agencies in the corporate, private, nonprofit and public sectors are encouraged to submit nominations.
  • Cost per entry: Each entry is $245 per category.
  • Deadline Date: TBD*

8. SABRE Awards

  • About: These awards celebrate the best work produced by PR firms and PR departments, and attract roughly 2,000 nominations annually. There are 1,000 industry professionals who attend the annual SABRE Awards ceremony each year.
  • Who should enter: Anyone working in PR, advertising, digital and social media firms, marketing, corporate communications, investor relations, public affairs, employee communications or any other related fields.
  • Cost per entry: Each primary entry submitted is $325. Each additional submission is $50.
  • Deadline Date: TBD*

 * TBD was used when the next award date and cost per entry were not yet published.

Is your favorite agency award opportunity not included in this list? Tell us what it is, and we’ll add it!