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What’s the value of a prize?

BAKE Chairman Kennedy Kachwanya with Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi at the signing ceremony

BAKE Chairman Kennedy Kachwanya and Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi trying to figure the right gift to appease Biko

The Short version

The value of an award is not the value of the prizes that come with it. If Bikozulu decides that the little gifts are the reason folks are attending an award ceremony then he doesn’t get the whole point. You’re better than this Biko. Seriously.

The Long version

I was one of the many folks who attended the Bake Awards that was hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel the other weekend. I went to these awards because I always attend these events; this is the third year of the awards and I am yet to miss one. This year I had an added incentive. This blog NairobiLiving.com had been nominated in the Lifestyle/Entertainment category; this was the first time it was up for an award.

So let’s talk about the Bloggers Awards. It’s now in its third year; in the first year it was in a small room at the Southern Sun in Parklands before last year it made the triumphant entry to the Intercontinental. The awards are evolving before my very eyes from not existing to being a serious awards evening.

So what is the point of the awards anyway? The blog scene in Kenya has blown up in the last few years. Now there are thousands of blogs putting out Kenyan content out there; we are punching above our weight on the continent where this is concerned. With so many blogs we need a system to give a nod to the people doing a great job for our blogosphere; enter the Bake Bloggers Awards. These awards have been good for me for the last three years. It is because of them that I have discovered so many cool new blogs that I would otherwise never have heard of. For the consumers of blogs, the awards are an opportunity for you to find new content.

It’s not only the consumer like myself who benefits from these blogs. The bloggers get to know who are in their category and sometimes meet them for collaborations if needed. They also know that they are on the right track as someone has vetted and shortlisted them.

Then there are the people who in the recent past have cottoned onto the fact that there is something big happening online in recent times and they need to be a part of that narrative; corporations. They won’t necessarily want to work with the Bloggers Association but they will know what is considered to be a great blog when they are planning.

On the award ceremony day I was excited to be at the Intercont meeting folks that I only meet via their social media timelines. These are the folks who you keep planning to meet for coffee/beers/spliffs and as you merrily live your life realise that it’s been a year already since you last met them. So it was a hallos and hugs and all that and more as I met people like Steve Biko, Mr Majani, Mwirigi aka #PoleKwaMwirigi, Magunga, Dear Doris, Potentash… Actually bloggers if you use that sample have very weird names. I’m just saying.

Then there was the nomination for the awards. What was very cool as far as I was concerned was that I was up against Ghalfa.co.ke in my category so I wasn’t too worried about winning it. Ghafla is the big bruiser in the Kenyan entertainment scene when blogging is concerned. These guys came to a scene that was owned by the legacy media and caused a revolution with pithy posts filled with innuendo and girls with big booty. The model has been so successful that it has inspired a string of copycat blogs that have enriched the Kenyan blogosphere with their “ratchetness.” I am quite happy with this state of affairs as for many years the only content that we would get from Kenya was very prim and proper politics, business and sport. We were inundated with what editors in newsrooms thought was important and not what the people might have wanted.

I wasn’t even sure why I was in the category with them but I knew that I would not be winning this it. All I hoped was that I was not beaten so bad that I wouldn’t be able to show my face in public again. Ghalfa.co.ke won; of course. I came a respectable third behind another showbiz site.

At one point as I was drinking copious amounts of Tusker at the event bar, Bake official James Wamathai came by and said to me as I complimented him and the team on another successful event, “thanks. But sorry about the awards in your category, we’ll try and do something better next year.”

That struck me as odd. We are at an award ceremony, why would be concerned about the extras given IF I was to win the big gong when that was not part of the program announced in advance. After the awards a blog post was written by the winner in the creative category Biko Zulu (told you they have weird names) with the title I got the Shirt. In it the usually hilarious Biko gives the middle finger to the people who organized the awards for giving him the following prizes; a cheap phone, a T-shirt (wrong size), a notebook and a pen. You could read from the text that this was a man who was pissed off at being handed such worthless baubles. Many of the people who commented supported his charge that they need to give more. Predictably.

Let’s look at the prize thing. What is the value of some of the most famous prizes in the world? You win the Nobel Prize you go home with over one million US dollars. When you win an Oscar you go home with a gold plated trophy, no cash. When you win a Grammy you go home with a trophy, no cash.

Let’s come closer home. What are the prizes that you are eligible for? The richest one out there is the Mohammed Ibrahim Prize. If you are an African president and you run your country properly without stealing or burning it to the ground you get US$5 million when you retire.

For the literati, if you win the Caine Prize for African literature, a prize for a short story, you win 10,000 UK pounds. When you win the Etisalat Prize for African literature, a prize for a debut novel, you go home with US$15,000.

What is the value of the prize that was given to him and eighteen other categories? The fact that you are winning these prizes today doesn’t mean that you will keep winning them. Sharon Mundia came for a coronation as best Blogger and best fashion Blogger and was upstaged by someone very few who are not blogging had heard about. Bankelele who has won the last two years was upstaged by another newcomer. Winning previously doesn’t guarantee future winning in this game.

You rant about an award ceremony that YOU DIDN’T SEE THE VALUE OF ATTENDING. If it was not worth your time to leave your house and join other bloggers and see what prize you were winning then why would you complain at the prize on offer? Is the value of the award only the prize you get? Should the organisers tell you in future what is accompanying the prize and will they need your approval on what you might possibly get before entering your hallowed name? What if next year they decide that the winner gets vouchers for dinner for two at Nairobi West’s West Mall would you withdraw your blog if shortlisted? I think that the pork there is to die for but maybe you aren’t a fan. Would I as a nominee have to forfeit that tasty pork because you do not approve?

Here is the thing. These awards are a platform. If you feel that the prize is the goodies that you get alongside the recognition then you really don’t get the point. Your blog is happy to post a “Bloggers Award 2015 Winner” image because you know that people who aren’t in your high school gang know that there is value in it.

I am in the High School Gang for a reason; I agree with many of your opinions. I was with you on your blast at the British High Commission at denying you a visa. I was with you on those Mothers Union underthings. On this one I am squarely on the other side.

One on one with Njeri Mwangi: the woman behind the Canon Kenya Photography Awards

Njeri Mwangi

Njeri Mwangi

The Canon Kenya Photography Awards will be happening this Sunday at KICC in Nairobi and we shall be selecting the best photographers in the country. As we build to it we talk to the founder of the awards Njeri Mwangi. Mwangi is the Co-Founder PAWA254, Nairobi’s first unique social enterprise through which innovative creative professionals from diverse artistic fields exploit their creative genius to foster social change. A graduate of Daystar University with a degree in Public Relations, Njeri has experience in event planning and management, and organized the first Kenya Photography Awards in 2013.

Photography is an art that is slowly picking up in Kenya, tell me more about that?

With the wave of mobile phones with cameras, Kenyans have taken on to photography in a big way and have also come to appreciate it some more because with it they are capturing memorable moments. We are having more of exhibitions and Kenyans are also going to see these exposures. Others have even taken to it as a tool of communication/ information/empowerment. Better still it is a source of livelihood for many that are making it be for them.

What potential do you see in the art?

There is really no limit to photography as an art. Like I said we have taken to art as a tool of communication and you can use it to evoke all kinds of emotions and well done, it can arouse all the common senses.

Compared to other countries, how well are we doing in photography as a full time career?

Truly we are lagging behind in that area. Few of our photographers are making a decent living from photography (and I mean as freelancers without having to supplement their incomes). We have come along way as most of our photographers are self-taught and graduates of YouTube.

You started the Kenya Photography Awards in November 2013, how did that come about?

We did. Photographers are seen to deliver a service, something that people seem not to understand and as such they do not see why they need to pay well for this since it seems quite not quantifiable. Photography is also a medium that opens the world by way of taking us closer beyond the borders, sort of like books do. So we thought that we needed to acknowledge how much time, and trouble, and risk that photographer’s take to show us the things that we can only imagine. They give us a taste of reality in a dose that moves us to action on so many levels. We also really wanted to celebrate our own piece of work since it rarely happens. Other countries celebrate and acknowledge their creative and we want to encourage this culture here in Kenya.

It’s now over one year since you started the initiative, what changes or achievements have you seen over time?

We have seen photographers’ come together to realize what they can do and they have become even more aware of their trade. They have taken into sharpening their skills and have invested in getting better and learning from each other. They also have also learnt to package themselves and do business in a way that they do not need side hustles to make ends meet- and this is work in progress. They are getting better pay and are starting to put themselves out there to be acknowledged for what they are doing.

Njeri Mwangi with guest as they launch the 2015 edition of the Canon Kenya Photography Awards

Njeri Mwangi (R) with guests as they launch the 2015 edition of the Canon Kenya Photography Awards

You will be recognizing top photographers in the country on Saturday, tell me more about that?

So, we recently completed the 2015 competition. We got a total of 1166 entries, 34 short of the first competition. This time we had fewer ladies participating and even worse is that we got only one lady making it to the shortlist. I hope that the lady photographers can come forth boldly and take their place in this space. We will be recognizing top photographers in the country on May 10th, 2015 at the Kenyatta International Conference and through this we hope to inspire young photographers to take the space.

What categories are there under the rewards model?
This year we had 9 categories namely News, Daily Life, Sports, Nature, Portraiture, Creative, Most Promising Young Photographer, People’s Choice and The special category courtesy of Alliance Françoise, of a theme chosen to converge with the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris in December 2015.
We are seeing more and more young people in the country venturing into full time photography? What do you think has led to this?

I like to believe is because people have become more aware of Photography being a skilled art. Even though there are so many cameras around us, people are still looking for professionals to get some jobs done and this is where these young people have found relevance. It is also an adventure and a risk to find something that you love to do and go for it. They say do something you love to do and you will never work a day in your life.

What is your advice to young photographers as you prepare to crown top photographers in the country?

We have just scratched the surface with photography. We know Kenyans who are making a decent living out of Photography. If this is something you want to do, then take time and learn all there is to learn. Invest your time in shooting and working closely with those that do what you would like to do. Take classes. Invest in good equipment. A website, or a blog and go all out. You are young, you have time on your side so take your chances and go for it! You can change your world with that camera in your hand.

What is the future of photography in the country?

At the rate we are going, I hope to see Kenyan corporates supporting Kenyan photographers’ by giving them work and paying them well. It takes two to tango and there is great and amazing talent here at home. I hope we can also support and participate in local competitions and make room for local exhibitions so that we can empower both the aspiring photographer and the public on the power of a single camera. A single shot.

Are you working with any partners for the upcoming awards night?
We are very fortunate to have Canon (a leading brand of cameras) as the main sponsor this year round. This is a show of how serious they take photography and are keen on putting even Kenyans on the international scene of photography. We also have the Swiss embassy as supporting sponsors and the support of the Kenya International Conference Centre. Besides that we have Lightbox Production’s, Let’s Talk Kenya and Pinkfoot Consult.

CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards open

CNNJournos2015CNN International and MultiChoice this week officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards, welcoming entries from all African nationals based in Africa and creating content for an African audience.

“It’s with immense pride that we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards. Twenty years of encouraging excellence in journalism across the continent has made these the very best awards honouring the journalistic profession in Africa. I’ve witnessed first-hand the tremendous growth in stature and prestige of the competition, and 2015 promises to deliver another year of outstanding work,” said CNN international executive vice president and managing director Tony Maddox.

MultiChoice Africa chief executive officer Tim Jacobs added that they continue to be amazed by the extraordinary talent of the continent’s journalists and remain committed to contributing to the development of media in Africa.

“These awards have reached the remarkable milestone and are recognised as the most prestigious media awards on the continent; this celebration parallels our own celebration of 20 years of MultiChoice operations in many countries. We look forward to another year of great stories which showcase journalistic excellence,” Jacobs said.

The competition, which has grown in size since its inception in 2005, saw Kenyan journalist Joseph Methenge walk away with the top prize for 2014 for work ‘Images of Terror’, which appeared in Kenyan daily The Standard, selected from entries from 38 nations across the African continent.
‘Images of Terror’ documented the moments of terror experienced by Westgate Mall shoppers in Kenya, when the mall was attacked by unidentified gunmen in September 2013.

This year’s competition, open to all journalists working in any medium, will recognise excellence in a list of categories. An independent judging panel will then choose an overall CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 winner.

The categories are:
Culture Award, Dow Technology & Innovation Reporting Award, Economics & Business Award, Features Award, Francophone General News Award, GE Energy & Infrastructure Award, Mohamed Amin Photographic Award, MSD Health & Medical Award, Portuguese Language General News Award, Press, Freedom Award, Sport Reporting Award, The African Development Bank Environment Award, The Coca-Cola Company News Impact Award.

Finalists in the 2015 competition will participate in a finalists’ programme that will include a media forum and networking opportunities with senior journalists, editors, business leaders and media owners from across the continent, culminating in a gala awards ceremony later in the year.

The overall winner of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 award will have the opportunity to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta.

Submissions for this year can be done via the entry form on the website africa.cnnjournalistaward.com.

Airtel Kenya are gold sponsors of the Kenya Blogger Awards 2015

BAKE Chairman Kennedy Kachwanya with Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi at the signing ceremony

BAKE Chairman Kennedy Kachwanya with Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi at the signing ceremony

Kenya is said to have the third highest number of blogs in Africa with an estimated 15,000 created Kenyan blogs. The biggest aggregation of them is the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) with over 7,000 registered blogs. This association has bagged the gold sponsor for the 2015 edition of their showcase event the Bloggers Awards in May; Airtel Kenya.

Its been quite the journey for the folks at the Bloggers Awards of Kenya and this year looks to be the biggest one of them all. The association of people who deal with blogs in the country has fought its way to the centre of the online narrative slowly but surely. Initially they were more of a fluff organisation with little talks being given about blogging and its general habits. We have been seeing them going around the country spreading this message.

In recent times, the offering from Bake seems to have shifted slightly. They recently hosted a meet and greet for bloggers with officials of the Communications Authority over the most talked about topic of them all last month Digital Migration. Then they also did a discussion on Twitter on The Law & Internet in Kenya which was appreciated as it helps to know if you have been following the rules. And you won’t be going to court because you tweeted about a private developer who turns out to have actually been a big fan of the “private” part of their name.

Even with these things happening, the biggest event by Bake every year is the Blogger Awards which have happened every year since 2012. The event fetes the best bloggers in the country in a night of glory that is rarely seen again until the next year.

This year the awards themed “Content is King” will bring together various online content creators including corporate organizations, celebrities, SMEs, county governments, and national government agencies for an evening to celebrate the growth of the Kenya blogging space.

Want your favourite blogs to win? Then go to the blogawards.co.ke/vote and have at it.

Disclosure: This blog Nairobiliving.com has been nominated in the Entertainment /Lifestyle category. Please vote for me.

Kenya Photography Awards 2015 now in judging phase

Kenya-Photo-Awards-2015-homepageThe Kenya Photography Awards is an annual event organized by the Photographers’ Association of Kenya and PAWA254 to recognize skill, talent and hard work among professionals and rising photographers in Kenya.

Photographers will submit their work in nine main categories, selected to cover diverse areas of interest, from which one shall be crowned the Photographer of the Year 2015. They include;

1. Creative
2. News
3. Sports
4. Nature
5. Portraiture
6. Daily Life
7. Young Photographer of the Year
8. Special Category – Climate Change
9. People’s Choice (online vote)

The awards which closed receiving entries on Saturday February 28th is now in the judging phase. The winners shall be awarded in a swanky gala on Sunday, May 10th 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Bloggers Awards 2015: list of nominees out

blogawardsThe list of nominees for those in the running for the Blog Awards to be announced later in the year have been unveiled by the Bloggers Association of Kenya. You can vote for them here. Without further ado here they are

1. Best Technology Blog

a. http://techmoran.com/

b. http://tommakau.com/

c. http://www.droid254.com/

d. https://olooesqr.wordpress.com/

e. http://techtrendske.co.ke/

2. Best Photography Blog

a. http://mutuamatheka.co.ke/blog/

b. http://www.victorpeace.com/blog-4/

c. http://buoart.com/

d. http://benkiruthi.com/blog3/

e. http://mwarv.click.co.ke/

3. Best Creative Writing Blog

a. http://bikozulu.co.ke/

b. http://crazynairobian.com/

c. http://www.mydeardoris.com/

d. http://www.magunga.com/

e. https://wordedveil.wordpress.com/

4. Best Business Blog

a. http://www.sunwords.com/

b. http://bankelele.co.ke/

c. http://kenyabusinessideas.com/

d. http://liliankaivilu.com/

e. http://moneyacademy.co.ke/

5. Best Food Blog

a. http://pikachakula.com/

b. http://pendolamama.co.ke/

c. http://leotunapika.com/

d. https://healthylivingkenya.wordpress.com/

e. http://thewineandfoodreview.com/

6. Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog

a. https://dannyfarm.wordpress.com/

b. http://www.farmingafrika.com/

c. http://graduatefarmer.co.ke/

d. https://conservationatheart.wordpress.com/

7. Best Fashion/Beauty/Hair/Style Blog

a. http://www.thisisess.com/

b. http://mskibati.com/

c. http://stylesketches.com/

d. http://silvianjoki.com/

e. http://ourstylekenya.com/

8. Best Politics Blog

a. http://info.mzalendo.com/

b. https://kanalispeaks.wordpress.com/

c. http://www.brainstorm.co.ke/

d. http://gathara.blogspot.com/

e. http://agachiri.blogspot.com/

9. Best New Blog

a. http://pendotalk.co.ke/

b. https://chanyado.wordpress.com/

c. http://building.co.ke/

d. http://nyatichiy.com/

e. http://kenyabusinessideas.com/

10. Best Corporate Blog

a. http://community.ihub.co.ke/blogs/

b. http://chasestories.chasebankkenya.co.ke/

c. http://blog.batakenya.com/

d. https://storymojaafrica.wordpress.com/

e. http://www.pivoteast.com/blog/

11. Best Topical Blog

a. https://inkedbiker.wordpress.com/

b. http://www.oilnewskenya.com/

c. http://owaahh.com/

d. http://www.lizlenjo.com/

e. http://www.kenyaweddings.co.ke/blog

12. Best Sports Blog

a. http://www.futaa.com/

b. http://www.michezoafrika.com/

c. http://superfoota.co.ke/

d. http://www.osbke.com/

e. http://www.ragahouse.com/

13. Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog

a. http://www.ghafla.co.ke/

b. http://www.v3rcity.com/

c. http://www.nairobiliving.com/

d. http://www.jaytakeapic.com/

e. http://www.africacelebritynews.com/

14. Best Education Blog

a. https://cipitlawstrath.wordpress.com/

b. https://okachformusungu.wordpress.com/

c. http://francophonie-at-daystar.blogspot.com/

15. Best Travel Blog

a. http://nyatichiy.com/

b. http://www.safari254.com/

c. http://www.travelstart.co.ke/blog/

d. http://zurukenya.com/

e. http://adventure254.com/

16. Best Health Blog

a. http://healthkenya.co.ke/

b. http://ask-thenutritionist.com/

c. http://sitawa.blogspot.com/

d. http://janemukami.com/

17. Best County Blog

a. http://kakamega411.com/

b. http://county-411.com/baringonews/

c. https://uasingishudecides.wordpress.com/

d. http://northriftpolitics.com/

e. http://www.nepjournal.com/

18. Kenyan Blog of the Year

a. http://www.mydeardoris.com/

b. http://silvianjoki.com/

c. http://www.thisisess.com/

d. http://zurukenya.com/

e. http://pikachakula.com/

A call for Media Council Journalism Excellence Awards 2015

Scene from last years awards.

Scene from last years awards.

The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) will hold its Fourth Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) on 2nd May 2015 to coincide with the World Press Freedom Day held annually on 3rd May.

The awards ceremony is an annual event organised by the Council to recognise and uphold excellence and professional journalism in Kenya.

The Council invites all accredited journalists working in Kenya to submit work published or broadcast in local media within last year (March 2014), including and up to 8 th March 2015.

A. 2015 AWARDS CATEGORIES

i. ICT and Telecommunications’ Reporting Award

ii. Children and Youth affairs Reporting Award

iii. Gender Reporting Award

iv. Environment Reporting Award

v. Sports Reporting Award

vi. Tourism Reporting Award

vii. Health Reporting Award

viii. Arts and Culture Reporting Award

ix. Business Reporting Award

x. Good Governance Reporting Award

xi. Cartoonist of the year Award

xii. Photographer of the Year Award

xiii. Young Journalist of the Year Award

xiv. Cameraperson of the Year Award

xv. Free Press Kenya Award

xvi. Television and Radio News Bulletin Award

Submission deadline for entries is 8th March 2015. For more details and the application form visit: www.mediacouncil.or.ke or send an email to: awards@mediacouncil.or.ke

And then there were awards for Kenyan designers of all shades

Designers of marvels like this one for Konza now have their award

Designers of marvels like this one for Konza now have their award

There have been many award ceremonies in the recent past. My personal favourite are the Social Media Awards that are now in their third year. Then there are our Bloggies or Blogger of the year awards (you can still nominate me here folks) where the best blogs are feted.

Today information on one of the coolest award concepts was unveiled; the DXD- Disruption by Design award. These awards are aimed at rewarding innovative elements in Kenyan society like Architecture Design, Communications Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Interactive Design- focusing on web design, gaming and mobile interfaces, Tech Design, Product Design- useful human based designs that improve life, Green Design- Covering de­signs that improve or enhance the environment.

I think that the name kinda sucks, Design Awards Kenya are simpler and tell me what I am look for, but the execution so far is looking good. The guys doing the project are our friends from Up Magazine in association with Airtel Kenya.

If you want to know more about this upcoming gig for purposes of submitting something the I recommend you go to its official website at http://dxd.co.ke/ which tells you the deadline; 18th February.

The gala to celebrate the winners will be in November.

Good luck, my designer people.

Kenyan Blog Awards 2015 submissions now open

Sharon Mundia was a big winner in 2014

Sharon Mundia was a big winner in 2014

The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is a community organization that represents a group of Kenyan online content creators and that seeks to empower online content creation and improve the quality of content created on the web.

BAKE has today announced the launch of its fourth annual Kenyan Blog Awards. These awards recognize exceptional Kenyan bloggers that have great and useful content presented in a creative and innovative format.

The inaugural BAKE Blog Awards were held in 2012 on 5th May at a gala at the Nairobi Serena. The ceremony gave awards in 14 categories; best technology, photography, creative writing, business, food, agriculture, fashion, politics, sports, general and corporate blogs as well as giving out awards for the “tweeps” of the year. 300 blogs were submitted and 10,000 people voted.

The second edition of the awards were held in 2013 on 4th May 2013 at Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi and had 15 categories. The ‘Lifestyle/Entertainment’, ‘Blog of the Year’ & ‘Travel Blog’ were added as categories and the two Twitter categories i.e. Best Individual Tweep & Best Corporate Tweep. Over 500 blogs were submitted and 50,000 people voted.

Last year, the third edition of the awards were held at Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi and it had 17 categories. 2 new categories “Best County Blog’ and ‘Best Health Blog” were added. Over 800 blogs were submitted and more than 50,000 voted . The 2014 awards produced a tie on the Best Sports Blog category which was a first for the awards.

The awards this year will have 18 categories after the addition of one new category, a “Best Education Blog” category. This category will reward blogs about education matters and those run by educational institutions. The full list of award categories includes;

1. Best Technology Blog

2. Best Photography Blog

3. Best Creative Writing Blog

4. Best Business Blog

5. Best Food Blog

6. Best Environmental/Agricultural Blog

7. Best Fashion/Beauty/Hair/Style Blog

8. Best Politics Blog

9. Best New Blog

10. Best Corporate Blog

11. Best Topical Blog

12. Best Sports Blog

13. Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Blog

14. Best Education Blog

15. Best Travel Blog

16. Best Health Blog

17. Best County Blog

18. Kenyan Blog of the Year

The time line for the awards will be as follows:

1.Submission phase – January 9th 2015 to February 18th 2015

2. Judging phase – February 19th 2015 to February 28th 2015

3. Online voting – March 2nd 2015 to April 30th 2015.

4. Winners Gala Event – May 2nd 2015.

To submit blogs into the competition, bloggers and fans of bloggers should visit blogawards.co.ke/submit.

Public Relations Awards 2014 on the way

prskomegaThe PRSK Awards has continuously endeavored to recognize and reward PR practitioners who have showcased successful delivery of strategic, creative and professional public relations campaigns. The awards are open to members and non – members drawn from business enterprises, associations, private and government bodies as well as students pursuing pr/related studies. The PRSK Awards reflect the level of competitive services offered in the Kenya PR industry and are aligned with the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) Golden World Awards. The 2014 awards are divided into three sections namely PR Campaign Categories, Supplementary Categories and Honorary Categories:-

PR Campaigns categories

  1. Media Relations Campaign of the Year
  2. Consumer Relations Campaign of the Year
  3. Public Affairs Campaign of the Year
  4. PR Event of the Year
  5. Social Responsibility Campaign of the Year
  6. Internal Communication Campaign of the Year
  7. Sponsorship Campaign of the Year
  8. New Media PR Campaign of the Year
  9. Public Sector Campaign of the Year
  10. Not for Profit Campaign of the Year 

Supplementary categories

  1. Corporate Publication of the Year
  2. Young Communicator of the Year

Honorary categories

  1. PRSK Golden Honours
  2. PRSK Sheppard Honours.

Winners of the awards will be announced on 5th December, 2014 at a gala dinner hosted at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.

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