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BARPA Bright Awards 2016 Deadline Extended

March 10, 2016
BARPA Bright Awards 2016 Deadline Extended

Entries are to be made by 15 March

The Bulgarian Association of PR Agencies (BAPRA) extended the deadline for submission of  applications for the 7th BAPRA Bright Awards. In an effort to meet the enormous  interest of PR businesses in the competition BAPRA has decided to accept entries until 15 March 15, 23:59 p.m. Applications are to be submitted using BAPRA Bright Awards online platform at All campaigns completed in the period March 2015 - February 2016 are eligible to compete for this year’s awards.

For the first time ever entries are  to be made in English only. A new method of evaluation in the Agency of the Year category will be used for the first time. The final evaluation will be formed from 50% of the average score the jury grants the agency in the category, and the remaining 50% will be formed by the average score of projects the agency entered in the remaining categories.

Sofia PR Summit will be held within the contest again featuring distinguished local and international speakers. They will share insights and trends on the key topics of Creativity, Strategy, Results.

Chairman of the 2016 International Jury Committee is Christophe Ginisty. An international PR guru and expert on social media, reputation management and crisis communications, he is considered to be one of the main motors who had contributed to the development of digital communications in Europe and is also founder of the NGO named WebDiversity. Christophe Ginisty is on BAPRA Bright Awards’ panel of judges for the fifth consecutive edition. Every year the chair is taken by leading figures with remarkable achievements in the global PR industry. Over the years, chairpersons were global PR experts such as  Zehra Güngör, Phd, Paul Holmes, David Gallagher, Francis Ingham.

The members of the Jury Committee are well known professionals with a vast expertise in the PR and communications field, including Damjan Obal – a user experience designer with a PhD in computer science and deep passion for brand stories, and founder of Edgar, the place that magically connects SMEs with the best story tellers to work on their brand and product stories; Anna Krajewska - she laid the cornerstone for the development of the PR industry in Poland; Anna has 25 years of experience in managing corporate PR, financial PR and investor relations; Bart de Vries - the 2016 President of IPRA, a  professional with over 25-year experience in public relations.

Details on jury members and their profiles are available at

There are seven award categories: Sustainable Development Campaign, Special Event, Innovative Campaign, Campaign Implemented by Internal PR Department, Communication Campaign of the Year, Agency of the Year and Communication Campaign in the Public Sector.

For further information on the awards, deadlines, fees and required documents please visit

Watch out for the latest news from BAPRA Bright Awards 2016 on our social media channels with the hashtag #BrightAwards2016.

Official Partners of BAPRA Bright Awards 2016: Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum, Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria, French-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and of Industry, German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

Media Partners: Bulgarian ON AIR TV, BG Radio,, ManagerNews,,, Е, PR Kernel, PR&Media News,,,, and

Sponsoring Partners: Hotel Sofia Balkan, Brangaba, Dve Events, Coca-Cola, Avanti.

For additional information about the contest or to join us as a partner, please contact us at


BAPRA Bright Awards

BAPRA Bright Awards were established in 2010 and were quickly recognised as the only  event where Bulgarian PR professionals could measure up their achievements to the best PR practices worldwide. Each year the number of entries grows significantly. In 2015 the contest drew the record number of 97 entries. The selection of winners is absolutely confidential as every jury member evaluates the submitted entries in a particular category independently.



The Bulgarian Association of PR Agencies (BAPRA) was established in 2001 as an independent non-profit organisation to support and strengthen PR as an activity that benefits social development. BAPRA aspires to improve partnership between the PR business and the state, even more so to build relations with local authorities in Bulgaria, academic circles, business, civil organisations and media. BAPRA members are the most prestigious companies for communication services in the Bulgarian market. All member agencies have adopted the Code of Ethics of PR specialists in Bulgaria, ensuring transparent and fair business, high professionalism and loyal attitude to both customers and colleagues. BAPRA is the voice of the Bulgarian PR business.

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