This program is now closed.
Learn more about current programs here.
Crises are inevitable.
We want to recognize your work navigating these difficult times.
Ragan’s Crisis Communications Awards will showcase the campaigns, responses, people and teams that helped their organizations or clients weather the storm.
Communicators play an essential role in delivering powerful messages of support and action, and in protecting their organization’s or client’s reputations. Tell us about your tactful crisis responses, strategies and more that were instrumental in identifying and addressing issues impacting your organization or clients.
This awards program is open to organizations worldwide and will be judged by a panel of industry experts. Winners will receive an award trophy, editorial coverage, exposure through press releases, social media and digital marketing.
You helped your organization or clients when they needed it the most. Enter Ragan’s Crisis Communications Awards to earn the recognition for your impactful crisis communications efforts!
CAMPAIGNS AND STRATEGY
Change Management Campaign
Corporate Values/Purpose Campaign
Employee Wellness Campaign
Global Response Campaign
Media Monitoring Strategy
Media Relations Campaign
Public Relations Campaign
Reputation Turnaround Campaign
Social Justice Campaign
Social Media Response
Use of Intranet
CRISIS RESPONSE BY INDUSTRY
Food and Beverage
Travel, Hospitality and Tourism
PEOPLE AND TEAMS
CEO “Grace Under Pressure” Award
Company of the Year
Communications Team of the Year
Crisis Agency of the Year
Crisis Communicator the Year
Technology Partner of the Year
HOW TO ENTER
Campaigns, Content or Strategy Entry
On the entry form, please include a thorough synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your entry. Tell us why your crisis communications campaign, content or strategy should be selected as the winner. We ask that the synopsis is a minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 1,000 words and includes the following sub-headings (when applicable).
- Strategy and tactics
- Evaluation: success, results or ROI
People or Teams Entry
If submitting a nomination on behalf of yourself, your team, or another individual, tell us in 300 to 1,000 words about the nominee’s or team's crisis communications work in the previous 12 months. Please include examples of projects or initiatives that have proved beneficial to their organization and have distinguished them among their peers. When applicable, please include the following sub-headings:
- Strategy and tactics
- Evaluation: success, results or ROI
You also may include other information that you feel strengthens your entry.
Be sure to follow the guidelines laid out in the category descriptions, as the judges will look for those elements when they select the winners.
You will be able to upload additional documents to your submission. We encourage you to include press releases, design concepts, videos, analytics, testimonials and anything else you feel will give us a better sense of your project. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.
Supporting documents that can’t be uploaded to the system should be mailed to:
10 S. LaSalle St., Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60603
These awards are open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your client.
Companies from around the world are welcome to enter as long as the entry is submitted in English.
Contact Brendan Gannon to find the perfect category for your campaign or project. You can call 312-960-4407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s program is open to any work executed between Dec. 1, 2020, and Dec. 1, 2021, inclusive.
The fee for this program is $425 per entry.
A late fee of $199 per entry will be added to all entries received after 11:59 p.m. Central time, Dec. 10, 2021.
Do you have a campaign, initiative, individual or team you'd like to enter into multiple categories? Pay the original entry fee, and then only $199 for each additional category!
All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should you apply?Our award programs help you measure the success of your work and prove the value of your contributions to your organization or clients. You can set yourself apart in the industry as an expert, which will open doors throughout your career. As a winner, you’ll earn publicity across our websites and social media audiences, a custom write-up about your success and a trophy.
Who can enter?Global organizations are welcomed—this awards program recognizes companies, individuals and teams, worldwide, as long as the entry is submitted in English. These awards are open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your client.
What does it take to be a winner?We are looking for top-quality initiatives, campaigns, individuals or teams that show clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit their business or client. Please provide metrics and results that back up your claims, and share creative collateral such as photos, videos, testimonials of your work. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded. We encourage you to submit the same program, initiative, individual or team into multiple categories, if you feel they are relevant. Doing so increases your chances of winning.
What are the entry requirements?Tell us in 300-1,000 words about crisis communications work in the previous 12 months. See the How To Enter section for further information. You may also include supporting materials you believe will help our judges evaluate your nomination.
Why are some deadlines extended?We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
When will I find out results?Finalists will be announced in spring 2022, with a winners' announcement one month after the finalist announcement. Announcements will be made with a headline on our website, in our daily email newsletter and on our social media platforms. Emails notify entrants of these announcements. As deadlines are extended, so are expected announcement dates.
If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please call Brendan Gannon at 312-960-4407 or email email@example.com.
If you are interested in sponsoring one of Ragan Communications’ award programs, please contact Hannah Lavelle at 312-960-4628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ragan Communications is not responsible for international shipping fees related to trophies or certificates.