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Now Accepting Judges for the
2024 Awards Season


This year PRSA New Jersey is in an awards judging partnership with Florida's Sunshine District for its annual Radiance Awards program. NJ member-judges will evaluate their award submissions and member-judges from their district will evaluate entries for the Pyramid Awards.

  • The Sunshine District is seeking 15-20 PRSA NJ members to volunteer as judges between June 1-12. Each judge will receive 6-12 entries to evaluate and score.
  • The Sunshine District asks that judges have a minimum of five years' industry experience. Holding an APR is not a requirement.
  • The judging process will be managed using OpenWater, the online awards platform. Judges will receive log in information to the site where the entries are viewed and scored.
  • Judges will be selected on a first come, first served basis.

Judging awards is a terrific opportunity to earn credit toward APR maintenance while offering valuable feedback to your peers on a national level. If you are interested in serving as a judge, please email us by Friday, May 17 at njprsa@gmail.com.


Judging Period

Pyramid Awards judging will begin on July 29 and conclude on August 9 via the online platform, OpenWater.

How It Works

Judging is open to industry and non-industry public relations and communication professionals. Judges will be asked to review and score 5-7 assigned entries to determine if campaigns meet the Pyramid Award and Honorable Mentions criteria. The average time commitment is approximately three hours.

How to Sign Up

Step 1
Send email confirming that you want to be a judge to njprsa@gmail.com

Step 2 (Returning judges do not need to complete Step 2.)
Register via OpenWater: https://prsanj.secure-platform.com/a/judgeSolicitationProfiles/create?solicitationId=6

Next Steps

Judges will receive a confirmation email with:

  • Judging guide that details the process of how to access, review, and score submissions

  • FAQs and troubleshooting information

  • Judges will receive a second closer to the judging period their team’s contact information. It is up to judging team members to contact each other to schedule a designated day and time to meet.