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A crisis can cripple an organization, it can upend a community or destroy a reputation.
Ragan’s Crisis Communications Awards recognizes the campaigns, messaging, responses, people and teams that were instrumental in mitigating the damage caused by a crisis.
When a crisis strikes, organizations and clients turn to the people and teams who are the calm amid the storm. We want to hear how you and your team moved quickly and strategically to create an appropriate and effective response when it mattered most.
Winners in the program will be featured in special editorial programming across our websites and in our daily newsletters. They will also receive a crystal award, digital badges and more to tout their recognition as one of the best to respond to crises.
Crises are inevitable. Ragan’s Crisis Communications Awards is your opportunity to earn recognition for your impactful efforts to respond to and manage these difficult times.
CAMPAIGNS AND STRATEGY
Disinformation or Misinformation Response
Employee Communication Initiatives
Executive Thought Leadership During a Crisis
Media Relations Campaign
Natural Disaster Response
Post-Crisis Recovery Communications
Press Release or Statement
Public Affairs Campaign
Public Relations Campaign
Reputation Turnaround Campaign
Social Justice Campaign
Social Media Campaign
Use of Video
CRISIS RESPONSE BY INDUSTRY
Food and Beverage
Travel, Hospitality and Tourism
PEOPLE AND TEAMS
Agency of the Year
Communications Team of the Year
Crisis Leader of Year
HOW TO ENTER
On the entry form, be sure to include a thorough synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your entry. The synopsis should be 350 to 900 words and include the following sub-headings (when applicable):
- Strategy and tactics
- Evaluation: success, results or ROI
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, links, videos and URLs to your submission. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.
These awards are open to organizations and professionals in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Vendors may also submit their work or their client’s work. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your clients.
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 email him at email@example.com or call 312-960-4407.
This year’s program is open to any work executed between Nov. 1, 2021, and Dec. 9, 2022, 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. 9, 2022.
Do you have a campaign, project, person 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 Crisis Communications Awards program helps you measure the success of your work and prove the value of your contributions to your organization or clients. We will announce all finalists in the Spring of 2023. As a winner, you’ll earn publicity for your brand across our websites and social media audiences, a custom write-up about your campaign and a trophy.
Who can enter?Entries may be submitted by organizations worldwide. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English. The program is open to in-house, agency, independent communication practitioners and vendors in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors.
What does it take to be a winner?We look for top-quality work that shows clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit your business or client. Please provide metrics or results that back up your claims, and share creative collateral such as videos, visual design or websites that were a part of your project. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded. We encourage you to submit the same campaign to multiple categories, if you feel they are relevant. Doing so increases your chances of winning. You'll also save on multiple submissions of the same campaign or project.
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 the Spring of 2023, with the winners being announced about 4 weeks after the finalist announcement.
If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please call Brendan Gannon at 312-960-4407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in sponsoring one of Ragan Communications’ award programs, please contact Hannah Lavelle at 312-960-4628 or email email@example.com.
Ragan Communications is not responsible for international shipping fees related to trophies or certificates.