Now in its second year, KPBA recognises the achievements of the county's media and is organised by Maxim, a leading South East PR, marketing and public affairs agency.
Maxim’s Rachel Knight said: “We had some amazing comments regarding the first year's awards – both from the media and sponsors – so I am really pleased to announce we’ll be doing it all again in 2016. We had almost 150 entries this time around but it would be great to beat that.
“In line with feedback, we have a made few changes to the categories which have increased to 14 so hopefully there is something for everyone. Whether you work in print, online, radio or TV, this is your chance to be recognised for the hard work you put in.
“We’re very pleased our four independent, expert judges will be joining us again but we’ve expanded the panel to include a photographer and a sports specialist.”
PA photographer Gareth Fuller and sports journalist and lecturer Paul Majendie will join national journalist Susie Boniface, known as Fleet Street Fox, Haymarket’s Patrick Fuller, journalist and lecturer Dr Sarah Lonsdale and award-winning TV producer Martyn Gregory on the judging panel.
The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 1 April 2016 with the awards ceremony taking place on Friday 15 July at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury – a venue that proved extremely popular this year. A short film of the event, filmed and produced by sponsor Digitom Ltd, can be seen here.
Rachel Knight continued: “We couldn’t run the scheme without the very generous sponsors that are supporting the Kent media through KPBA. As well as welcoming back some big names, we’re pleased to have Arriva Southern Counties, Benenden Hospital Trust, Eurotunnel, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and Saga as new sponsors.
“There are only a couple of categories left to sponsor so I’d advise getting in touch sooner rather than later if you are interested.”
The full list of categories, with their associated sponsors, are listed below.
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