PRCA MENA Celebrates Outstanding Public Relations Campaigns Across the Region at Its Sixth Awards Ceremony

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates:– In recognition of the most outstanding public relations campaigns and the contribution of talent to the industry, the sixth edition of the coveted PRCA MENA Awards celebrated the best teams, campaigns and individuals with 28 awards yesterday evening. The ceremony took place at Rixos Premium Dubai JBR and was sponsored by 3Gem.

Being the leading industry benchmarking event showcasing the influence of public relations, the evening saw leading practitioners and activists from the Middle East and North Africa region representing innovation and quality work. The awards were a huge success with over 100 entries than last year.

The judging panel was judged by an esteemed panel of 38 industry leaders from around the world and members of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), the world’s largest professional public relations body.

In addition to the 28 winner’s awards, the judges recognized a total of 32 highly recommended entries for excellence in work across different categories.

The big winners of the evening were Weber Shandwick MENAT who won the Grand Council of the Year award and the Public Relations Leader of the Year award went to Natasha Hatherall-Shawe, TishTash Marketing and Public Relations while Ziad Ashkar of Gambit Communicationnew talents inducted into the industry were encouraged as the rising star of the year.

Hayley Clements MPRCAManaging Director, PRCA MENA, said, “It has been an incredible year as the industry continues to deliver compelling campaigns in an era that is still returning to normal. The agencies, campaigns and professionals who delivered messages impactful and engaging deliverables throughout the year are in the limelight today.Proving the value of your contribution is essential and winning a PRCA award is a testament to your hard work and innovation.

We would like to sincerely thank our host for the evening Katie Jensen – International broadcast journalist and communications coach – and to our illustrious panel of judges whose work selected the best talent from a talent stream and selected this year’s finalists.

The full list of winners can be viewed below.

  1. Best Public Relations Campaign: B2B – Weber Shandwick MENAT for Mastercard – Collaborating to Innovate
  2. Best PR Campaign: B2C – Gambit Communications for The Pocket Rocket takes center stage
  3. Best Integrated Campaign – ASDA’A BCW for Arab Youth Survey
  4. Best Public Relations Campaign: Media Relations – Gambit Communications for The Trust Equation
  5. Best Public Relations Campaign: Influencer Relations (Small/Medium Agency) – Performance Communication for MG Motor
  6. Best PR Campaign: Influencer Relations (Large Agency) – Weber Shandwick MENAT for The Google Cook-Off
  7. Best Public Relations Campaign: Digital – Gambit Communications for the introduction of the Portofino M in the Middle East
  8. Best Public Relations Campaign: Crisis Communications – Matrix PR for their client Kaya
  9. Results on a budget – DJAZ- Takeda for World IBD Day
  10. Regional PR Campaign of the Year – Edelman for the launch of THE LINE (NEOM) Reinventing Urban Living
  11. International Campaign Award – Weber Shandwick MENAT for Mastercard – Empowering Every Business
  12. Best Health and Wellness Campaign – APCO Worldwide for G42 Healthcare
  13. Strategic Communication Campaign – W7 Worldwide Marketing Communication Communication Consulting Agency for a Changing World
  14. Best Digital and New Media Campaign – Weber Shandwick MENAT for Shave Goodbye to Bad Razors
  15. Best PR Campaign: Game Changer – Matrix PR for Acronis
  16. Employee Engagement Award – DJAZ Apollo Training Program
  17. Best Corporate Social Responsibility Campaign (Small/Medium Agency) – Performance Communications for BUCKLE UP! Road safety campaign
  18. Best Corporate Social Responsibility Campaign (Large Agency) – Cicero & Bernay Public Relations for DC’s Ramadan Heroes
  19. Best Travel & Lifestyle Campaign – Weber Shandwick MENAT for Official Action SUV: All-New Chevrolet Tahoe
  20. Launching Event of the Year – Seventh Media Middle East for National Founder’s Office Day
  21. Best Student Campaign – Murdoch University for OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND, BUT STILL OUR PROBLEM – Gazala Parker, Aishani Zafar, Micah Aguilar and Sai Kemkar
  22. Intern of the Year – Qulsoum Zaidi of TishTash Marketing and Public Relations
  23. Rising Star of the Year – Ziad Ashkar of Gambit Communications
  24. Public Relations Manager – Natasha Hatherall-Shawe of TishTash Marketing and PR
  25. In-House Team of the Year – Mastercard – The Priceless Team
  26. Small Consulting Firm of the Year – Brazen MENA
  27. Average Board of the Year – Gambit Communications
  28. Large consulting firm of the year – Weber Shandwick MENAT

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About PRCA MENA

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is the largest professional public relations body in the world.

We represent more than 35,000 public relations professionals in 70 countries around the world. With offices in London, Singapore, Dubai and Buenos Aires, we are a global advocate for excellence in public relations.

Our mission is to create a more professional, ethical and prosperous public relations industry. We uphold – and enforce – professional standards around the world through our Professional Charter and Code of Conduct. The Code requires members to adhere to the highest standards of ethical practice.

We offer exceptional education, authoritative industry data, and global networking and development opportunities. We also manage the International Communications Consultancy Organization (ICCO), the umbrella organization for 40 public relations associations around the world.

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