Radiance Awards

Radiance Awards

The 2024 Radiance Awards entry deadline schedule is as follows:

Entries Open: April 10

Early: April 26
Regular: May 10
Late: May 28

Keep an eye out here for announcements of when entries officially open, award guidelines, and next steps.

We’re gearing up for an exciting 2024 Radiance Awards, celebrating outstanding strategic public relations efforts by Florida practitioners and organizations. These statewide awards recognize the highest levels of professional achievement and showcase PR campaigns and tactics that demonstrate excellence in research, planning, implementation and evaluation, as well as individuals who have shown great commitment to the profession.

Individual Awards

Best of Sunshine Award

The recipient of this award is selected by the judges among the year’s Radiance Award winners from the campaigns categories. The Best of Sunshine Award represents the pinnacle of excellence in public relations programming in Florida.

Geri Evans Award for Distinguished Service

This award is named in honor of Geri Evans, APR, Fellow PRSA, one of public relations most respected practitioners. Her dedication and service to the Sunshine District and our profession as a whole have been instrumental in the advancement of the Society. This award is intended to honor a PRSA Sunshine District member who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to the District and has expressed significant contributions to advancing PRSA and its members.

The award was launched in 2017 with Geri accepting the inaugural award. Charles “Chuck” Suits, APR, Fellow PRSA, received the honor in 2018; Denyse Mesnik, APR, received the honor in 2019; J.W. Arnold, APR, Fellow PRSA received the honor in 2021; and Jamie Floer, APR, CPRC, Fellow PRSA received the honor in 2022.

Trailblazer Professional of the Year Award

The award honors a PRSA Sunshine District member who, in the previous year, has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the practice and implementation of public relations principles. Recipients of this prestigious award also advocate for the profession and exemplify the Society’s values. Self-nominations will be accepted. No campaigning please. If a chapter feels strongly about a nominee, please compile one nomination and co-sign.

*There is no fee to enter any of the individual award categories. The Best of Sunshine Award is selected from among the year’s Radiance Award winners and does not require a nomination. For nominations in the individual award categories of Distinguished Service and Trailblazer, please email the one-page nomination and the nominee’s resume along with nominator and nominee contact information to awards@prsasunshine.com. 

Full entry guidelines.

A special THANK YOU to this year’s Radiance Awards Presenting Sponsor, Publix!