2018 Annual Awards Competition

Awards competition deadline is 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 4.

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About This Competition

The Oklahoma College Public Relations Association Awards Competition recognizes the best in contemporary communications from educational institutions -- both public and private -- throughout the State of Oklahoma.  This annual competition was created in 1992 by the OCPRA to reward achievement, recognize excellence and encourage a healthy competitive spirit by those who represent higher education to the public.  Materials are submitted by individuals who work in public relations, sports information, video, development or alumni affairs at any of the state’s higher education institutions. Entrants are not required to be members of OCPRA.

Contest Information

ELIGIBILITY - Any project produced or implemented by an Oklahoma institution of higher education, whether public or private, from June 2017 through May 2018. A single project can be entered in more than one category. The fee per entry is $30 for members and $40 for non-members.

JUDGING - Entries will be judged by panels of experts who are not current residents of Oklahoma and are not OCPRA members.

AWARDS - The judges will select, at their discretion, winners of the Grand, Excellence and Achievement Awards in each category. Awards will not necessarily be given in each category. In some cases, judges will grant Honorable Mention Awards. The names of the institution responsible for the winning entry and up to two individual names will appear on the awards certificate. Additional plaques can be ordered for $40 each from the awards chair.

USE OF ENTRY FEE - After the awards competition expenses have been paid (printing, awards, online submission platform), the income from the entry fees supports the work of the OCPRA.

DEADLINE - 11:59 p.m., Monday, June 4, 2018.

PAYMENT - Once you have submitted all entries, go to the top of the page and find the “my contest” tab and go to the “manage entries” link under this tab. On the right side of this page you will find a link that says, “Calculate entry fee.” Click on this link to calculate the total then send payment to the OCPRA Treasurer. Pay with a credit card via OCPRA’s PayPal account, mail a check or your institutional purchase order, payable to OCPRA Awards, to cover all your entries ($30 per entry for members / $40 per entry for non-members) to:

                OCPRA AWARDS
                Brian Adler, Public Relations and Marketing
                Southwestern Oklahoma State University
                100 Campus Drive
                Weatherford OK  73096-3098

Your invoice and purchase order may be submitted by FAX: 580-774-7117 or email: brian.adler@swosu.edu.

You may also pay by credit card, through our Paypal account. Simply click the link below and enter your total based on the number of awards entered. 

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Award Entries/Additional Plaque

  $30 - members | $40 - non-members  Step by Step Process   1. Find the “  Contestant Login  ” on the right side of home screen. This will take you to the contestant login page.  2. Select “contestant manager” on the left side of the page under the heading “1. Login As.”  3. On the right side of the page, under “2. Select a Contest,” select “2018 OCPRA Annual Awards Competition.”  4. Select your institution from the drop down menu under “3. Select Media Organization.”  5. If this is the first time you login, you will be required to set up your institutional profile before submitting any entries.   Special note: The initial login information and passwords were sent to each institution’s OCPRA voting member. If more than one person/group/division/ college at your institution provides OCPRA entries, please submit their name and title to the contest managers, and we will provide them a separate login.   6. Submit entries.  Special note: please include all requested information in the “comments” field of the entry form. Judges will use this information during their assessment of the entry. Entry that do not meet the entry guidelines will be disqualified.   7. Once you have submitted all entries, go to the top of the page and find the “My Contest” Tab. Select “manage entries.” On the right side of this page, select “Calculate Entry Fee.” Click on this link to calculate your total. Follow the instructions to submit your payment.

$30 - members | $40 - non-members

Step by Step Process

1. Find the “Contestant Login” on the right side of home screen. This will take you to the contestant login page.

2. Select “contestant manager” on the left side of the page under the heading “1. Login As.”

3. On the right side of the page, under “2. Select a Contest,” select “2018 OCPRA Annual Awards Competition.”

4. Select your institution from the drop down menu under “3. Select Media Organization.”

5. If this is the first time you login, you will be required to set up your institutional profile before submitting any entries.  Special note: The initial login information and passwords were sent to each institution’s OCPRA voting member. If more than one person/group/division/ college at your institution provides OCPRA entries, please submit their name and title to the contest managers, and we will provide them a separate login.

6. Submit entries. Special note: please include all requested information in the “comments” field of the entry form. Judges will use this information during their assessment of the entry. Entry that do not meet the entry guidelines will be disqualified.

7. Once you have submitted all entries, go to the top of the page and find the “My Contest” Tab. Select “manage entries.” On the right side of this page, select “Calculate Entry Fee.” Click on this link to calculate your total. Follow the instructions to submit your payment.


Questions?
Award Co-Chairs:
Amy Ford (580) 559-5725 or aford@ecok.edu
Adam Calaway (580) 224-6209 or jacalaway@noble.org

CATEGORIES -  1000 Poster Design (General) | 1001 Poster Design (Culture/Fine Arts) | 1002 Poster Design (Sports) | 1003 Small Brochure | 1004 Larger Brochure | 1005 Direct Mail Piece| 1006 Special Publications |1007 Magazine | 1008 Viewbook | 1009 Holiday Greetings | 1010 Before & After | 1011 Cover Design | 1012 Logo Design | 1013 T-shirt Design | 1014 Print Advertising | 1015 Digital Advertising  | 1016 Best Use of Social Media - Athletics | 1017 Best Use of Social Media - Admissions | 1018 Best Use of Social Media - Events/Student Life | 1019 Social Media Campaign | 1020 Web Design | 1021 Mobile App & Mobile Site | 1022 Video Featurette | 1023 Video Feature | 1024 Multimedia | 1025 Events/Promotion |1026 Traditional Photo | 1027 Traditional Sports Photo | 1028 Digitally Enhanced Photo | 1029 News Writing | 1030 Full Length Feature | 1031 Full Length Feature - Human Interest | 1032 Featurette | 1033 Blogs/Editorial/Column | 1034 Sports Writing | 1035 Newsletter | 1036 Best Headline | 1037 Bright Idea | 1038 Shoe String | 1039 Campaign | 1040 Square Peg | 1041 Promotional Item