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Image Awards

2019 FPRA Pensacola Image Awards

It is time to start planning your entries for our chapter's Image Awards competition! Image Awards and, at the state level, Golden Image Awards celebrate excellence in public relations. Started in 1957, today’s Golden Image Awards have become a standard of public relations excellence and demonstrate the very best examples of innovation, planning and design. At the local chapter level, the competition is known as Image Awards.


Important Dates:

Local submission deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

Image Awards Luncheon: April 11, 2019 at the Pensacola Yacht Club

State level competition – Gold Image Awards 2019: Early bird entries due Friday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m. Final deadline to submit (with a late fee) is Monday, May 20 at 11:59 p.m.

FPRA 81st Annual Conference: August 4-7, 2019 at Tampa Marriott Waterside.

Golden Image Gala: Tampa Marriott Waterside, Tuesday, Aug. 6


Image Awards competition includes four divisions of categories:

A. Public Relations Programs (contains 12 categories)
B. Printed Tools of Public Relations (contains 8 categories)
C. Digital Tools of Public Relations (Contains 10 categories)
D. Student Projects in Public Relations (Contains 6 categories, and students may also enter Division A, B or C)


Awards given at the local chapter level are:

  • Award of Distinction: Presented to entries that meet the standard of excellence set by a panel of judges.
  • Image Award: May be presented to the top-scoring entry in each category if the entry meets predetermined criteria of excellence set by the judges.
  • Judges’ Award: Presented by judges for an outstanding entry that achieves maximum results while using a minimum amount of money.
  • Grand Image Award: Presented to the best Image Award-winning entry in Divisions B, C and D.
  • Grand All Image Award: Presented to the best Image Award-winning entry in Division A.
Online Resources:

The website, fpraimage.org has a vast amount of information and a long list of FAQs answered.


Pensacola FPRA Image Awards Information
Image Judging Information

It is important to remember that the Image Awards program is a public relations competition. As such, it is the public relations aspect of the entry that will receive the greatest scrutiny by the judges. To this end, the judges first read and evaluate the summary accompanying the entry. Seventy percent of the scoring is based on the summary that sets out the reason and need for the development of the public relations program or tool, how it was implemented and the results. The judges then review the support materials for professionalism, innovation and design to score the remaining 30 percent of the entry.


The judging method allows the judges to concentrate on the following criteria required in each summary:

1. Research/Situation Analysis - Summarize the situation and any information gathered (through formal and/or informal research methods) that helped identify the problem or issue, target audiences and develop a strategy for addressing the problem or issue.

2. Objectives - Clearly state the specific, measurable objectives (qualitative and/or quantitative) that the program or tool was designed to achieve.

3. Implementation - Outline the steps used to achieve the stated objectives.

4. Evaluation - Explain how the success of the program or tool was measured. Report how well it achieved its objectives.

5. Budget - Explain the financial outlay required for development, implementation and evaluation of this program or tool. (Reporting staff time agency/corporation/non-profit/government should be expressed in a total dollar amount for the entire number of hours. Hourly rates, salaries or total number of hours are not necessary.) Explain how these expenses relate to the project’s success.


Division A

Public Relations Programs – A public relations program is defined as a broad-based communications endeavor using two or more public relations tools.

  • Community Relations – any program that improves the organization’s image in the community through support of charitable or service activities. The program can be limited to specific segments of the community and usually is aimed at improving specific aspects of community life. Basically, this includes community “good neighbor” or community betterment programs.
  • Public Service – any program developed to inform about issues of public concern. These programs often deal with larger issues that require public knowledge and action. Public service programs usually are aimed at educating the public and solving public problems.
  • Institutional – any program that creates a public image for the organization. Typically designed to generate support for and awareness of the organization’s mission, values, programs, plans or activities.
  • Public Information – any program developed solely to inform or influence target audiences through use of the news media. This could include news conferences, special tours or informational programs.
  • Crisis Communication – any program developed to handle a disaster or emergency situation. Show potential effects of the problem, as well as plans, materials and budgets allocated to develop, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of the plan.
  • Internal – any program developed to communicate with internal publics such as employees, shareholders, association members, etc.
  • Promotional/Marketing – any program developed to promote, publicize, introduce or create an identity for a specific product, service or idea. These programs are generally developed within a marketing framework and often include a purchase or user acceptance of a specific product or service among their objectives.
  • Public Affairs – any program directed toward government action or activities such as legislative activities, political campaigns, or relations with public bodies or regulatory agencies. In the broadest sense, this category includes everything meant by “lobbying” plus direct political activities.
  • Integrated Marketing – any program incorporating public relations strategies and tactics as part of an integrated campaign and demonstrating effective integration with other marketing/communications disaplines.
  • Reputation Management – any program or strategy developed to enhance or improve the reputation of an organization with its publics, either proactively or in response to an issue or event.
  • Special Events – any program developed to commemorate a special event, observance or one-time activity. These could include anniversary celebrations, open houses, dedications or parties and receptions.
  • Other – any program that is not included in the above-listed categories.


Division B

Printed Tools of Public Relations – A printed tool is any printed material used for a public relations purpose, either standing alone or as part of a public relations program. It includes written material and specialty items. In the case of regularly produced printed materials, such as newsletters or magazines, one to three issues should be included in the support material.

  • Annual Report – internal and external reports are included in this category.
  • Brochure – any folder or bound publication produced for a single specific purpose.
  • Magazine – any periodical or regular publication, which may include articles of one page in length or longer. Publication is usually 8.5” x 11” and 16 or more pages in length.
  • Newsletter – any regular publication that normally carries brief articles less than one page in length. Publication is typically less than 16 pages.
  • Poster and Calendar – any poster or calendar used to achieve a public relations objective.
  • News Release – any document prepared and released to the media as a news item, article or feature story on behalf of a sponsoring person or organization.
  • Specialty Item – any gift, premium, novelty or physical token used to convey an impression, make a point, establish an image or achieve a public relations objective. Submit a photograph to represent perishable items.
  • Other – any printed public relations tool that does not fit into the above-listed categories.


Division C

Digital Tools of Public Relations – This division includes any online, audio or audio/visual presentation or program that serves a public relations objective. Audio, video or electronic presentations should be submitted with a copy of the script or storyboard, if available.

  • Online Audience Engagement – two-way communication that engages audiences and invite conversation with a program or brand such as blogging or micro blogging through social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.
  • Online Promotion – edited, finished-product display tools such as: social media news releases, online media kits, email marketing and e-promotions
  • Online Newsletter – any online newsletter that is produced, published and sent electronically on a regular basis
  • Video – Internal – any video that presents information to an organization’s internal audience. Examples include orientation programs, meeting openers, news shows, etc.
  • Video – Public Service – any video, which is presented to inform or educate an organization’s external audiences on all issues of public concern.
  • Video – Institutional – any video used to support the public image of an organization. This tool typically is designed to generate awareness and support of the organization’s mission, values, programs, plans or activities.
  • Video – Promotional/Marketing – any video shown to promote, publicize, introduce or create an identity for a specific product, service or idea. These tools generally are developed within a marketing framework and often include a purchase or user acceptance of a specific product or service among their objectives.
  • Video News Release – any video prepared and released to the media as a news item, article or feature story on behalf of a sponsoring organization.
  • Website – any external or internal website created to achieve a public relations objective. Include a hard copy of the first page of the website in the entry notebook.
  • Other – any digital tool that is not included in the above-listed categories.


Division D

Student Projects in Public Relations – This division is restricted to entries submitted by full- or part-time students enrolled at an accredited Florida university or college. Student projects in public relations include printed material and campaigns created for a public relations purpose, whether assigned for a course or completed outside the classroom. A photocopy of the entrant’s valid student ID must be attached to the entry from.

  • Written Speech – the typewritten or printed text of a speech given to achieve a public relations objective or assignment. Entry must include a one-sentence statement of purpose and indicate the intended audience. Limited to 500-750 words.
  • News Releases – any document prepared and released to the media such as a news article or feature story on behalf of a sponsoring person or organization.
  • Public Service Announcement – any spot one minute or less in length designed for video or audio presentation that is presented to inform or educate an organization’s external audiences on an issue or event. Script must be included.
  • Position Paper – any written paper designed to inform or influence a targeted audience on a specific topic or issue. Limited to 250-300 words.
  • Public Relations Campaign – any broad-based communications endeavor that uses two or more public relations tools. Campaigns can improve or create an organization’s image, inform the public on issues of concern, handle disaster situations or communicate with internal audiences. Entry should include statement of purpose and audiences.
  • Digtial Communication – any audio, video or other electronic tool used to achieve a public relations objective. Can include e-mail, website, PowerPoint, etc.
Rules for Entry
  • Entries must be submitted in the most appropriate division and category.
  • Entries for the same project may not be entered in more than one category in the same year; however, pieces from an entry may be entered into other categories. Entries that win Image Awards may not be re-entered in subsequent years unless there has been substantial change in the entry.
  • Some part of the entry must have taken place between January 1, 2018 and February 27, 2019.
  • Entries must be submitted electronically in four separate files (Two-Page Summary and Organizational Overview .pdf, Support Material .pdf, 50-Word Summary .pdf, and one .jpg). The titles of all files should include the name of the entry, division and category.
  • Total file size must not exceed 20mb. If your files exceed this, please save PDFs as Reduce File Size in Acrobat. This will drastically reduce your file size.


  • The judges reserve the right to reclassify entries if deemed necessary.
  • Entries that do not follow all of the Rules for Entry may be disqualified.
  • No part of the entry may be submitted after the deadline.
  • Fees for disqualified entries will not be refunded.


For complete information on submissions and required materials, visit fpraimage.org.



❏ Entry name, division and category are noted as the titles of your .pdfs and .jpg.

❏ Rule #2 for entering project has been adhered to.

❏ Some part of entry took place between January 1, 2018 and March 1, 2019. 

❏ Entry form is first page of the “Entry” .pdf.

❏ Two-Page Summary follows the entry form in the “Entry” .pdf document, and is no longer than two pages and is double-spaced with a one-inch margin around each page. Font used in Summary is Times New Roman, minimum type size 10 pt.

❏ The final page of the “Entry” .pdf is a brief organizational overview that immediately follows the two page summary.

❏ The “Support” .pdf contains all support materials related to your entry. The first page of the “Support” .pdf is a table of contents page.

❏ 50-word summary is included as the third. pdf document

❏ If this is an entry in the Audio-Visual Division, additional electronic files are submitted including the entry name, division and category.

 ❏ Payment for entry fee(s) has been made online at www.fpraimage.org or by contacting Michelle Salzman.

❏ A digital image representing the entry is included as the last file.

The Image Awards competition was designed to award those at the local level for their work in these four divisions: Public Relations Programs, Printed Tools of Public Relations, Audio/Visual/Online Tools of Public Relations and Student Projects in Public Relations. 


For more information, contact Pensacola Chapter's VP of Image Awards, Michelle Salzman.