Awards



PRSA-NY Big Apple Awards - Entries Are Now Closed - Thank You for Submitting!

The Big Apple Awards are the gold standard of excellence for PR practitioners in the New York area. 

Celebrate the tremendous work you, your company, agency or non-profit organization implemented in 2014. Enter your PR programs and key program elements today.

Our entry system is completely online (no more binders!)

QUESTIONS?

Technical & Online Support - contact the PRSA-NY office at 212-228-7228 or email BigAppleAwards@prsany.org or info@prsany.org.

Entry Requirements & Judging Criteria - contact the 2015 Big Apple Awards Committee Chair, Bill Doescher, at 914-722-4040 or doeschergroup@earthlink.net.


 ABOUT THE PRSA-NY BIG APPLE AWARDS

PURPOSE

The New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America established the Big Apple Awards program in 1988 to encourage excellence in public relations. Today, a Big Apple Award is recognized as one of the highest honors in public relations. Over the years, more than 1,000 winning programs have solved problems, changed opinions and created business opportunities.

The 2015 Big Apple Awards competition is open to all public relations professionals in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for programs created in 2014 and implemented anywhere in the world. Most or all of the strategic work on the programs should have been performed by professionals in the tri-state area. Professionals located outside the tri-state area are eligible to submit programs, if, and only if, their program was implemented primarily in the tri-state area. 

CRITERIA

Entries will be judged on the basis of research, planning, execution and results. Bonus points will be awarded for entries that not only have impressive media results, but also clearly can point to direct business or other campaign outcomes.  A panel of judges, representing a broad range of disciplines and expertise, will be selected from the most senior-level and experienced representatives of the public relations industry. The judges may award multiple winners as they see fit. However, they will not designate a winner in a category they feel contains no entries of award-winning caliber.

Finalists in each category will be notified following the judging of the Big Apple entries. From these finalists, the Big Apple Award winners and runners-up (if selected) will be announced on May 28, 2015 at the Big Apple Awards presentation.

BEST OF THE BEST

Big Apple Award winners in each campaign category will be considered for a special “Best of the Best Big Apple Award” presenting the best program in 2014, also announced at the May 28 awards presentation.

BEST USE OF RESEARCH

The Institute for Public Relations, an independent foundation dedicated to The Science Beneath the Art of Public Relations™, will present a “Best Use of Research, Measurement and Evaluation Award.”  Big Apple Award winners in each campaign category will be eligible for this additional award.

BEST BUSINESS/CAMPAIGN OUTCOMES

Perhaps your program helped secure a new customer or business lead, increased sales or met another broad goal? Bonus points will be awarded for entries that not only have impressive media results, but also clearly can point to direct business or other campaign outcomes.    

SUBCATEGORY FOR CAMPAIGNS WITH BUDGETS OF $100,000 OR LESS

All entrants can now choose to enter a campaign with a budget of $100,000 or less in any one of the Campaign Divisions where subcategories are listed.   These entries will also be judged on the additional criteria of creative use of a limited budget. As with the other categories, judges will not be obligated to award a Big Apple in the “budget of $100,000 or less” subcategory where they do not deem the entry/entries deserving of the award. 


 
CRITERIA FOR 2015 PRSA-NY CHAPTER AWARDS FOR INDIVIDUALS

John W. Hill Award - To be considered for this award you must meet the following criteria:          

  • Leadership in the development of the practice of public relations
  • Demonstration of the highest standards of integrity
  • Fostering and promoting understanding among people
  • Service to the public beyond the scope of the nominee's regular public relations duties
  • Promoting communications and understanding through education and the exchange of people and ideas


Nominees may not be the current PRSA-NY president or a recipient within the past 10 years of the PRSA Gold Anvil or similar award.

Philip Dorf Award - To be considered for this award, the candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Leadership in guiding and inspiring the careers of entry level and other young PR professionals.
  • Demonstration of the highest standards of the profession in a selfless role as a mentor.
  • Service to young professionals beyond the scope of the nominee's professional duties.


Nominees may not be the current PRSA-NY president or a recipient within the past 10 years of the PRSA Gold Anvil or similar award.

PRSA-NY President’s Award - Established in 2003, this award honors the contributions of public relations practitioners to PRSA-NY itself. To be considered, each year’s candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Past or current membership in PRSA-NY
  • Adherence to the highest standards of ethical conduct
  • Service to PRSA generally and the New York Chapter in particular.
  • Nominated by a PRSA member
     

The President's Award is selected by the chapter president.

Click here to complete the 2015 nomination form.  All nominations must be submitted by Friday, April 24, 2015.

The decision of the awards committee, with the approval of the PRSA-NY executive committee, is final.  Winners will be notified directly in advance of the 2015 Big Apple Awards Gala on May 28, 2015. Winners must be present to accept their awards.

For questions on the chapter awards for individuals, please contact the PRSA-NY chapter office at info@prsany.org.


 PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS

Hill Award

2014     Bill Doescher
2013     Paul J. Gennaro
2012     Margi Booth
2011     E. Ronald Culp
2010     James E. Lukaszewski
2009     Valerie Di Maria
2008     James E. Murphy
2007     Kenneth D. Makovsky
2006     David Finn
2005     Howard J. Rubenstein
2004     Richard Edelman
2003     Thomas Hoog
2002     Art Stevens
2001     Joan Capelin
2000     Philip G. Ryan
1999     Helen I. Ostrowski
1998     Jeannette Paladino
1997     David Drobis
1996     P. Michael McDermott
1995     David M. Bicofsky
1994     Denny Griswold
1993     Harold Burson
1992     Jerry Danzig
1991     John Sattler
1990     Phyllis H. Berlowe
1989     Joel Strasser    
1988     Charlotte Klein
1987     Bert Hochman
1986     Barbara W. Hunter
1985     Sid Gross
1984     Richard Weiner
1983     Lloyd N. Newman
1982     John H. Paluszek
1981     Sondra K. Gorney
1980     Chester Burger
1979     Lee Bieringer    
1978     Elaine Pitts
1977     George Hammond

 
Dorf Award

2014     Harry R. Zlokower
2013     David M. Grant   
2012     Maria P. Russell
2011     Leslie E. Gottlieb
2010     Deborah Radman
2009     William F. Doescher
2008     Roberta Elins
2007     Emmanuel Tchividjian
2006     John L. Paluszek
2005     Bob Stone
2004     Alex Stanton
2003     Helio Fred Garcia
2002     Don Bates
2001     Michael Greece
2000     Edward J. Menninger
1999     Lynn Appelbaum
1998     Robert M. Weintraub
1997     Art Stevens
1996     Anthony J. Russo
1995     Terrie Williams


President’s Award

2014     Deborah Radman
2013     Emmanuel Tchividjian
2012     Barri Rafferty
2011     Karen J. Arthur
2010     Grace T. Leong
2009     Sandra Fathi
2008     Michael P. Rinaldo
2007     Jeanne M. Salvatore
2006     Linda Krebs
2005     Liz Beck
2004     Christopher Guidette
2003     Don Bates