The International Government Communication Center (IGCC), an initiative of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB), has announced that it will continue to receive nominations for the ninth edition of the Sharjah Government Communication Award (SGCA) until July 22, 2022.
The 16 categories of the region’s main award in government communications cover various geographies and themes. These aim to foster professional best practice in the field – locally, regionally and internationally – by recognizing the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations and providing a dynamic global platform for the exchange of knowledge in the field of government communication.
Nominations are accepted as follows – one category is dedicated to Sharjah, three for the United Arab Emirates, six for the Arab world, while six categories will accept nominations from around the world.
Entries for the SGCA Awards must be submitted online via www.igcc.ae and must include a video – no longer than 5 minutes that showcases the initiative, and a Word document with the name and logo of the entity, name and a summary of the initiative, date of submission, table of contents and a foreword. The document must also include details of strategies, objectives and results, in accordance with the submission criteria for each award category and must not exceed 1,000 words.
Two new price categories
In its 2022 edition, the SGCA has expanded its scope with the addition of two new award categories. The Best University Student Initiative, organized in partnership with the University of the United Arab Emirates, will see IGCF 2022 present a two-day challenge for university students to develop initiatives and programs that improve graduates’ skills in communication technologies. government and the skills of the future to enable them to compete in the job market.
The second award category titled “Best Government Communication Initiative that Empowers Women (Global)”, targets governmental, semi-governmental and private entities that use government communication tools, methods and objectives to understand and support the vital and often unpaid roles performed by women in business and enterprise.
It seeks to highlight women’s economic rights and improve their social and political opportunities through programs and initiatives aimed at activating their leadership and societal role.
The categories that accept nominations by direct submission are: Best Public Communication by a Government Agency – Emirate of Sharjah, Model Government Communication Employee – United Arab Emirates; Best crisis response – United Arab Emirates; Better Government Communication Systems – Arab World; and Best Government Communication in Digital Media – Arab World; Best Environmental Policies and Practices – Arab World; and Best Applied Scientific Research in Government Communication – Global.
The categories in which entries are selected by SGCA partners include: Best Youth-Targeted Government Communication – Arab World, in partnership with the Arab Youth Center; The program with the most influence on social responsibility – Global, in partnership with CARMA Media Analysis & Intelligence. ; Best Business Organization Supporting Emerging Projects – Global, in partnership with Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Best Photo in Government Communications – Global, in collaboration with Xposure International Photography Festival; and Best Innovations in Government Communication – Global, in partnership with 01Gov.
The categories for which nominations are submitted by judging or by voting include: Best Media and Drama Content – Arab World and Best Social Media Influencer – Arab World.