In addition to providing professional development and networking opportunities, a core focus of the Raleigh Public Relations Society is to recognize the achievements of our members and other public relations practitioners in the state.
The competition recognizes and honors all practitioners who have achieved excellence in the field — from freelance practitioners to fullservice agencies. Participants and winners are honored at the RPRS Annual Awards Dinner on October 11th.
Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Excellence in Communication
The Sir Walter Raleigh Awards competition is a showcase of exemplary work by public relations and communication professionals throughout North Carolina. This competition is held annually and recognizes and honors practitioners who have achieved excellence in a variety of categories, as judged by an independent panel of judges.
The Sir Walter Raleigh Awards program is open to any communication professional in North Carolina regardless of membership, or the type of business they represent.
Watt Huntley Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Watt Huntley Award for Lifetime Achievement is presented to an individual who has made lasting and meaningful contributions to the field of public relations over the course of a career. It is given in memory of the late Watt Huntley, who served as public relations chief at Carolina Power & Light in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Huntley also served as president of the Raleigh Public Relations Society, and so the organization’s highest honor bears his name.