Young Communicator of the Year

Each year the EACD presents the Young Communicator of the Year Award in a gala ceremony held at the European Communication Summit.


How can I submit my project?

We will be opening the submission portal from mid March onwards. We advise you to check the website for updates and to register your interest now please contact Rachel Proctor, EACD Programme and Communications Manager:

When is the deadline?

The deadline for the 2018 European Communication Award is April 30 2018.

What does the application contain?

1. Application

For each application, information about the organisation is requested. Submissions will be exclusively from in-house communicators.

2. General information about the project or campaign

Each submitted entry should contain the following information:

  • Summary of the project at a maximum length of 400 characters (including spaces) – Please note: This summary will be published when being shortlisted.
  • Time frame of the project
  • Budget (not a mandatory field, information will not be published)
  • Number of employees who worked on the project

3. Project description

A short description of max. 2,000 characters (including spaces) must be provided including the following:

  • initial situation leading to the project or campaign
  • objectives of the project
  • the target group
  • strategic considerations and concept
  • details of the implementation
  • evaluation of the results

4. Additional material and links

Material illustrating the project such as planning documents, press releases, photos, power point presentations (please no more than 10 slides), videos and online material (websites, screenshots, links, social media accounts).

What format is suitable for the uploaded material?

For texts: pdf

For images: jpg/jpeg, gif, png

For videos/movies: mov, flv, avi (in the highest possible quality, maximum 50 MB, or as a link to a website where the movie can be seen)

For presentations: pdf, ppt (Ideally you convert ppt files to pdf format)

Which criteria will be considered by the jury in the selection process?

Strategy – assessing the strategic and conceptual approach and focus of each entry and the fit between the chosen strategy and the development of the project, as well as the integration of various communication tools.

Innovation/creativity – did the applying communications team pursue new technical or strategic methods? Evaluating the creativity of the project both in concept and implementation.

Implementation – assessing the continuity and quality of communication or dialogue with the target group(s) as well as the management and internal organisation of the project.

Evaluation – considering the results of the project in relation to the stated targets as well as the resources used in working towards achieving the results.

How are the applications evaluated?

After the application deadline, the jury reviews all submissions online and determines a shortlist of three nominees. The nominees will be informed in May 2018.

The three finalists of the Young Communicators Award will be invited to join the European Communication Summit on 13 and 14 June 2018 at the Radialsystem V in Berlin.

All nominees will be asked to present their projects in a 5 minute pitch in front of an experienced audience of in-house communicators on 13 June who will vote for the winner. The young communicator receiving the most votes will be honoured with the European Communication Award on 14 June.

When will the shortlist be announced?

The shortlist will be published in May 2018. The nominees will be informed after the jury has evaluated all entries.

What is the fee?

Submission to the European Communication Award is free of charge.

When will the winners be announced?

The final winners will be announced at the European Communication Summit in Berlin on 14 June 2018.