Belfast Telegraph journalist Victoria O'Hara (left) picks up the award for Best Event along with Sarah Weir of JPR (centre) from Jane Wilson, chief executive of CIPR Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
Corporate Responsibility Silver Winner Gillian Sheilds from Coca Cola HBC NI picks up the award form CIPR Committe member Lisa Hamilton-Sturdy
Crisis Communication Gold Award presented to the team at JPR for its campaign 'North Wet 200' presented by Ursula Kelleher CIPR
External Newspaper or Magazine- Silver- MCE Public Relations for Pubs of Ulster The Licensee. presented by David Singleton
Gary Mckeown, Anne Dawson and Stephen McGrath
Gillian Sheilds from Coca Cola HBC NI collects the Silver award in the Community Relations category from Ross Williamson Chair CIPR NI
Integrated Communications- GOLD- Aiken PR for BT Everywhere Presented by Maire Campbell CIPR
Internal Communications GOLD - Coca cola HBC NI for Liquid Communications. presented by Stephen McGrath CIPR
Internal Communications Silver- Translink collect Silver for Go Eco- Energy and Environment Awareness Campaign. presented by Stephen McGrath CIPR
Internal Newspaper or Magazine Gold went to Coca Cola HBC NI for 'Liquid News' presented by David Singleton (c)
Jane Wells from JPR picks up the silver award for Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy
Jane Wells, Karen Batley, Victoria O Hara and Mervyn White
Jane Wilson Chief Executive of CIPR (R) presents the Outstanding Young Communicator Gold Award to Deborah King from Stakeholder Communications
Andrea Clements from JPR picks up silver in the Consumer Relations category. Presented by David Young CIPR
Ann McGrogor, Paula Kane, Chris Brown and Sonia Cassidy
Anne Dawson and David Young
Belfast City Council was awarded Gold in the External Newspaper or magazine Category for City Matters
Best Event Silver- the team from Smarts collect the silver award for the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange project. presented by jane Wilson, CEO CIPR (r)
Best Publication- Gold- JPR collect Gold for Community Relations Week 2011. presented by Donal Doherty CIPR
Best Publication- Silver awarded to Niccy for 'Talking Transfer'. Marlene Kinghan and Patricia Loosley collect the award from Donal Doherty CIPR
Best use of Media Relations GOLD- Smarts collect the Gold for the Launch of Bushmills Single Malts. presented by Charlotte Richardson CIPR (L)
Best Use of Media Relations Silver- Smarts colelct the award for BMI Baby. presented by charlotte Richardson CIPR
Best Website or Microsite- Smarts claim gold for Improve-Tasty Careers. Presented by Sally Sykes CIPR
Community Relations GOLD- JPR collect the award for Community Relations Week 2011 from Ross Williamson CIPR
The team from JPR pick up Gold in the Corporate and Business Communications Category. presented by Anne Dawson, CIPR
The team from Smarts collect silver in the Best Use of Photography and Design Category. Presented by Mandy Harrison
The team from Smarts- Gold award winners for the Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy
The team from Translink pick up the silver award in the Outstanding in-house Public Relations team category
Ursula Kelleher picked up the silver award in the Outstanding Young Communicator category
Rachel Shanks and Leanne Riley
Ross Williamson Chair CIPR NI (r) presents the Gold award to Strategic Planning as Outstanding Small Consultancy
Sally Sykes and Jane Wilson CIPR
Smarts was awarded silver in the Best Use of Social Media category for Guinness- Area 22. Presented by Gary McKeown CIPR
The Smarts PR team
Sonia Cassidy and Ross Williamson from Weber Shandwick pick up the gold award for Best Measurement and Evaluation. presented by Sally Sykes (c) CIPR
Stephen McGrath and Sonia Cassidy claim Gold fro Weber Shandwick in the Best Campaign
Stephen McGrath and Sonia Cassidy from Weber Shandwick pick up Silver in the Internal Newspaper or magazine Category
Mansy Harrison, Peter Harrison, Kate Ferguson and Fiona Brown
Margaret Johnston and Donal Doherty
Claire Bonner, Sarah Stitt and Kelly McKee from Morrow Communications
Michael Murphy from Irwins Bakery and Sarah Stitt from morrow Communicatiosn claim silver for 'The Great Veda Debate' campaign in the Best Campaign
Not-for-profit Silver award went to Smarts for All together NOW. Presented by Maire Campbell Coca Cola HBC NI
Patrick Finlay and Caroline Murphy
Pete Snodden and Neil Britton
Public Affairs- Silver- NICCY for Making it Right for Rights. Presented by Sally Sykes CIPR (c)
Public Sector Gold presented to Translink's Ursula Kelleher and Lynda Shannon by Donal Doherty CIPR
Public Sector- Silver- presented to Navigator Blue for Help Tomorrow Take Shape by Donal Doherty CIPR
John Kerr and Rachel Harriott
Johnny Stewart and Ross Williamson from Weber Shandwick collect Gold in the Public Affairs category. Presented by Sally Sykes CIPR
Joris Minne and Andrea Clements from JPR collect Gold in the Best Use of Photography and Design Category. Presented by Mandy Harrison
JPR claim gold in the Best Use of Social Media for Ulster Bank's Start-Up Live. presented by Gary McKeown CIPR
Judy Bamford, Sarah Eakin, Gemma Bell, Lindy Carson, Kerri Warnock and Claire Bickerstaff
Katie Hutchinson, Gillian Sheilds, Zoe Cunningham, Nicci Gregg and Emma Armer
Leanne Riley from Victim Support NI collects GOLD in the Not-for-profit category. presented by Maire Campbell
Lisa Hamilton Sturdy and Charlotte Richardson
Lord Laird collects the award for Ouststanding Contribution to Public Relations from Jane Wells JPR, CIPR
Majella and Ross Williamson, Chair CIPR NI
The Belfast Telegraph’s Making The Difference Awards gala evening has received a top accolade at a prestigious ceremony and has been praised for celebrating the “strength of the local community”.
The glittering night that honoured unsung heroes last March won the Best Event category at the CIPR Pride Awards.
During the event, that recognises excellence in PR and communications across the UK, the inaugural Making The Difference awards night was praised by the judges for its “refreshing” approach.
Public relations company JPR, which organised the evening at the Grand Opera House, was honoured with the gold award at the ceremony on Wednesday.
The gala night was held after hundreds of worthy nominations had been submitted to the Belfast Telegraph from across Northern Ireland.
During the evening a range of home-grown talent, including West End star Peter Corry, entertained the audience.
The judges said: “Moving away from the old-fashioned chicken dinner, black tie approach allowed a refreshing event which stimulated and entertained a much wider range of supporters.”
Belfast Telegraph journalist Victoria O’Hara, who researched and reported on the nominations, and Sarah Weir, event manager at JPR, accepted the award.
Mike Gilson, editor of the Belfast Telegraph, said: “I am delighted that JPR won the award.
“Making The Difference was a great partnership between the Belfast Telegraph, which ran the awards, and JPR which put on a sensational gala awards night.
“It was a truly fitting showcase for the unsung heroes recognised that night.”
JPR managing director Jane Wells said they were “thrilled” to win the Best Event category.
“With the title ‘Making The Difference’ we were determined from day one that these awards would be totally different from anything done before and that they would be a very special event worthy of the award recipients,” she said.
It was a successful night for JPR who won seven gold and three silver awards overall.
There is still time, meanwhile, to nominate an unsung hero for the next Making The Difference Awards supported by Tesco.