Videos and visual design are the key to grabbing audience attention and compelling them to take action.
Virtual events are essential for delivering quality live experiences in a hybrid setting.
Ragan’s Video, Visual & Virtual Awards shines a spotlight on the visual designs and digital events that captivate audiences, elicit an emotional connection, deliver quality content (even when not meeting in-person) and more.
The award program will honor this past year’s best visual work and virtual events that succeeded in telling powerful stories, delivering beneficial and educational content, earning attention from their audiences and so much more.
If you’ve created impressive videos, visual designs or virtual events, this is the awards program for you. Grab your best work and enter any of our dozens of categories to showcase your work from the past year.
Winners will be recognized with a featured write-up in a special section of Ragan’s websites and in associated newsletters and social media. Winners will also receive an elegant trophy, a digital badge and other materials to help you tout your honor. .
GRAND PRIZE CATEGORIES
Best Overall Video
Video Team of the Year
Virtual Event of the Year
Virtual Events Team of the Year
Visual Design of the Year
Visual Design Team of the Year
Augmented or Virtual Reality Video
Beauty, Fashion or Lifestyle Video
Company Overview Video
Financial Services and Banking Video
Food & Beverage Video
Health Care Video
Internal Communications Video
Interview or Profile
Product or Service Video
Public Health Video
Public Relations Video
Public Service Video
Recruitment or Employer Branding Video
Science & Technology Video
Shoestring Video (Under $300)
Social Impact Video
Social Media Video
Sports or Outdoor Video
Travel, Hospitality or Tourism Video
Use of AI
Use of Celebrity or Influencer
VISUAL DESIGN CATEGORIES
Illustration or Animated Design
Internal Communications Design
Use of AI
VIRTUAL EVENT CATEGORIES
Virtual Customer Engagement Event
Virtual Educational Event
Virtual Employee Engagement Event
Virtual Employee Meeting
Virtual Employee Recognition Event
Virtual Executive Communication Event
Virtual Fundraising/Volunteering Program
Virtual Health and Wellbeing Event
Virtual Immersive Experience
Virtual Press Event
Virtual Product or Service Launch
Virtual Recruiting Event
Virtual Town Hall
Outstanding Virtual Event Host or Speaker
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.
The award program is open to in-house teams, agencies and individual practitioners 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 July 1, 2022, and July 21, 2023, inclusive.
The fee for this program is $475 per entry into standard categories, and $550 per entry into Grand Prize categories.
A late fee of $250 per entry will be added to all entries received after 11:59 p.m. Central time, July 21, 2023.
Do you have a campaign, project or team you'd like to enter into multiple categories? Pay the original entry fee, and then only $250 for each additional category!
All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should you apply?
Our Video, Visual & Virtual Awards help you measure the success of your work and prove the value of your contributions to your organization or clients. 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?We try to announce a list of finalists six to eight weeks after the close of the program. The announcement of the winners comes about four weeks after the announcement of the finalists. Each announcement will be made with a headline on our website, in our daily email newsletter and on our social media platforms. Emails notify entrants in advance 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 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.