National Capital Chapter

Public Relations Professionals Invited To Enter Their Best Work of 2020 in the National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 11, 2021) — The entry period is underway for one of the greater Washington, D.C. area’s most prestigious public relations recognition programs, the National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards. PRSA NCC invites brands, agencies and professionals in the Washington area to submit their communication campaigns or components for its annual awards program.

The Public Relations Society of America – National Capital Chapter (PRSA NCC) sponsors the annual competition to recognize and reward outstanding achievement in public relations and to encourage continued excellence in the field. PRSA NCC will honor the award winners at the 53rd National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards event to be held virtually on the evening of Thursday, November 4, 2021.

This year’s awards recognize strategic public relations programs and components developed and produced in calendar year 2020 in 27 categories, including:

  • 14 program categories that celebrate the best PR campaigns
  • Seven component categories that highlight top accomplishments in PR tactics
  • New categories for campaigns that combat disinformation, demonstrate innovation in the face of COVID-19, and promote diversity, equity and inclusion
  • The prestigious Institute of Public Relations Research, Measurement and Evaluation Award
  • Five agency and communication team awards

“For more than 50 years, the National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards have celebrated the exceptional creativity and strategy produced by communication and public relations professionals in the Washington, D.C. area,” said Lauren Lawson-Zilai, PRSA NCC president. “After an unprecedented year, we look forward to showcasing the expertise of our region’s world-class communicators and celebrating their extraordinary accomplishments.”

Details about the competition, including the categories, rules, entry fees and deadlines, can be found on the award entry website. The early bird deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 16, 2021. The regular entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 13, 2021.

The National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards are held in conjunction with the National Capital Public Relations Hall of Fame awards, PRSA NCC’s lifetime achievement recognition program. Hall of Fame inductees have more than 30 years of experience, including distinguished accomplishments, board leadership, mentoring and developing others, and commitment of time and talent to their local public relations community with an intent to inspire the next generation of public relations professionals to excel. Nominations for the Hall of Fame are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, July 30, 2021. The nomination form is available on the PRSA NCC website.

About PRSA’s National Capital Chapter
The National Capital Chapter of PRSA (PRSA NCC) is a professional public relations association of nearly 1,000 members in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. PRSA NCC provides professional development programs, accreditation instruction, networking and contributions to a local nonprofit.  PRSA NCC also promotes public relations education through five area Public Relations Society of America student chapters. For more information, please visit or call (703) 691-9212. Connect with us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PRSA_NCC with #PRSANCC and #2021ECAs.