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Video Visual Virtual Awards 2021
Videos, visuals and virtual events are essential when engaging busy—and often remote—audiences.
Videos and visuals have the power to connect with people on a uniquely emotional level. They captivate audiences and keep them coming back for more. Virtual events are powerful platforms for engaging, educating and entertaining audiences, and keeping people connected, especially when in-person events were not an option.
Ragan’s Video, Visual & Virtual Awards will showcase your visual content that told compelling stories and the virtual events that delivered results. Our awards program features dozens of categories covering video, visual design and virtual event attributes and topics.
Share with us how your videos and visual designs grabbed audience attention—both internally and externally. What stories did they tell? How did they lead to success for your campaigns, projects or initiatives? What made them unique and special?
Let us know how your virtual events—internal or external—broke the status quo. How did you a deliver a unique experience to your audiences? What state-of-the-art features did you offer? What made your event stand out among the multitude of virtual events?
Enter more than one category to increase your chances of winning—and you’ll save on multiple submissions of the same campaign or project. Want to see what winning work looks like? Check out last year's winners here. Scroll down to read more about this year’s program and categories.
Augmented or Virtual Reality Video
Beauty, Fashion or Lifestyle Video
Company Overview Video
Corporate Social Responsibility Video
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Video
Food & Beverage Video
Health Care Video
Internal Communications Video
Low-Budget Video ($300 - $3,000)
Public Relations Video
Public Service Video
Recruitment or Employer Branding Video
Shoestring Video (Under $300)
Social Justice Video
Social Media Video
Sports or Outdoor Video
Travel, Hospitality or Tourism Video
VISUAL STORYTELLING CATEGORIES
Illustration or Animated Design
Internal Communications Design
VIRTUAL EVENTS CATEGORIES
Virtual Customer Engagement Event
Virtual Educational Event
Virtual Employee Engagement Event
Virtual Employee Meeting
Virtual Employee Recognition Event
Virtual Executive Communication Event
Virtual Health and Well-being Event
Virtual Immersive Experience
Virtual Inspirational Event
Virtual Press Event
Virtual Product or Service Launch
Virtual Recruiting Event
Virtual Town Hall
Virtual Fundraising/Volunteering Program
Best Overall Video
Video Team of the Year
Virtual Event of the Year
Visual Design of the Year
HOW TO ENTER
On the entry form, be sure to include a thorough synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your project. We ask that the synopsis be no more than 1,000 words and include the following sub-headings (when applicable):
- Strategy and tactics
- Evaluation: success, results or ROI
Be sure to follow the guidelines laid out in the category descriptions, as the judges will look for those elements when they select the winners.
You will be able to upload additional documents to your submission. We encourage you to include press releases, design concepts, videos, analytics, testimonials and anything else you feel will give us a better sense of your project. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.
Supporting documents that can’t be uploaded to the system should be mailed to:
10 S. LaSalle St., Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60603
These awards are open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners, and vendors, in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your client.
Companies from any country are welcome to enter as long as the entry is submitted in English.
Contact Brendan Gannon to find the perfect category for your campaign or project. You can call 312-960-4407 or email email@example.com.
This year’s program is open to any work executed between July 1, 2020, and Aug. 20, 2021, inclusive.
The fee for this program is $425 per entry into standard categories. Grand Prize entries are $475 per entry.
A late fee of $199 per entry will be added to all entries after 11:59 p.m. Central time, Aug. 20, 2021.
Do you have a campaign or project you'd like to enter into multiple categories? Pay the original entry fee, and then only $199 for each additional category!
All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should you apply?Our award programs help you measure the success of your work and prove the value of your contributions to your organization. You can set yourself apart in the industry as an expert, which will open doors throughout your career. As a winner, you’ll earn publicity for your brand across our websites and social media audiences, a custom write-up about your campaign and a trophy.
Who can enter?Entries may be submitted by organizations worldwide. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English. The program is open to in-house, agency, independent communication practitioners and vendors in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors.
What does it take to be a winner?Although each award program is unique, we look for top-quality work that shows clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit your business or client. Please provide metrics or media coverage that back up your claims, and share creative collateral such as videos, visual design or websites that were a part of your project. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded. We encourage you to submit the same campaign to multiple categories, if you feel they are relevant. Doing so increases your chances of winning—and you'll receive discounted rates on additional entries.
Why are some deadlines extended?We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
When will I find out results?We aim to announce finalists about eight weeks after the program close. The announcement of the winners comes about four weeks after the announcement of the finalists. Each announcement will be made with a headline on our website, in our daily email newsletter and on our social media platforms. Emails notify entrants of these announcements. As deadlines are extended, so are expected announcement dates.
If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please email Brendan Gannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-960-4407.
If you are interested in sponsoring the Video, Visual & Virtual Awards program, please contact Hannah Lavelle at 312-960-4628 or email email@example.com.
Ragan Communications is not responsible for international shipping fees related to trophies or certificates.