Davos Communications Awards celebrate excellent global PR

The Davos Communications Awards recognise exceptional professional work by public relations and communications professionals from around the globe. I’m honoured to be the chair of the jury and working with some excellent judges from the PR and communication community around the world.

I’ve spent the last few weeks developing the concept for the awards with Maxim Behar, president of the World Communications Forum Association and board members Clara Ly-Le and Saurabh Uboweja.

The Davos Communication Awards recognise exceptional professional work by public relations and communications professionals from all around the world. The awards are open to agencies, in-house teams and individuals from any sector to help celebrate and showcase professional excellence during a challenging year.

I’m excited that we’ve assembled an excellent team of professionals who’ve all volunteered to give up their time to join our jury to judge the awards. The judges bring a truly global perspective to ensure the awards genuinely represent the diversity of the public relations and communications profession. We look forward to seeing your entries and celebrating the contribution we all make to improving our environment, economy and society.

Davos Communications Awards categories

Some of the categories for the Davos Communications Awards are those you’d expect to see in an international awards programme. In the campaigns section we have awards for:

  • Best public relations campaign
  • Best marketing communications campaign
  • Best digital or social campaign

The Davos Communications Awards also have three categories that recognise some of the best public relations and communications work isn’t for campaigns but is for the year-on-year sustained effort to develop and deliver excellent public relations strategies that make a real impact on achieving corporate and organisational objectives.

  • Best corporate affairs
  • Best use of brand
  • Best CSR or ESG

For these three awards the judges will be looking for evidence of a long-term sustained approach to delivering public relations and communications, rather than simply the short-term creative campaigns which are the focus of many awards programmes.

The section for organisations and individuals has the expected categories for PR consultancy, marketing agency and digital agency of the year but also has some special categories.

Rising Star – for practitioners under the age of 30

This award is to recognise the achievements and performance of young professionals who are making a contribution to the success of their organisation and showing potential for future leadership.

Silver Star – for practitioners over the age of 50

This award recognises those who have made and continue to make significant contributions to public relations and communications practice. It celebrates those who share their knowledge and experience to help spread and develop best practice throughout the profession.

It is designed to challenge ageism and recognise that everyone, whatever their age or stage of their career, has an important role to play.

The jury will also grant the special Annual Davos Award for Global Communications Overall Achievement to an individual or organisation who has made a significant contribution to society or the economy through the use of outstanding communications. We seek nominations for this special award which could be an individual or an organisation. There is no fee for this special award so all you need to do is make your nomination and provide a short explanation of why you think they or it is a worthy recipient.

Davos Communications Awards judges

I’m honoured and humbled to be chairing a jury composed of such distinguished public relations and communications professionals from around the world. We have judges from Egypt, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Our judges are:

  • Stuart Bruce: Jury Chair; PR Futurist and Managing Consultant, Stuart Bruce Associates
  • Lorena Carreno: CEO; Marketing Q Strategies & Communications; Mexico
  • HS Chung: Founder and CEO; Hill+Knowlton Strategies; Republic of Korea
  • Andrea Cornelli: CIO and Board Member; SEC Newgate; Italy
  • Agnieszka Dziedzic: Managing Partner; Weber Shandwick; Poland
  • Serena Erlich: Director of Product Marketing; Business Wire; California, USA
  • Ella Minty: Issues, Crisis and Reputation Adviser; UK
  • Tom Murphy: VP of Corporate Communications; Ring Central; Washington, USA
  • Sujit Patil; VP and Head – Corporate Brand and Communications; Godrej Group; India
  • German Saa: Director; Kyodo PR; Japan
  • Victor Sibeko: CEO and Past President; Public Relations Institute of South Africa
  • Shelley Spector: Founder and Director; Museum of Public Relations; New York, USA
  • Kamal Taibi: Founder and CEO;  Stratëus Group; Morocco
  • Loula Zaklama: President; Rada Research & Public Relations Co; Egypt
  • Sergey Zverev: President and Chairman of the Board; CROS; Russia

Enter the Davos Communications Awards

The closing date to enter the Davos Communications Awards is 30 April 2021. The entry form and rules are available on the World Communication Forum website.