The leading contender for the consultancy awards is Weber Shandwick, which has been shortlisted for eight entries, including the international campaign and crisis communications categories.
Weber Shandwick’s Colin Byrne is also up for agency head of the year, alongside Caroline Kinsey of Cirkle and Mark Stringer of PrettyGreen.
Elsewhere, Westminster City Council leads the way in the in-house category with five separate nominations, with its press office nominated for the media relations award. Nicky Gibbs, one of the press office’s marketing and communications officers, has also been nominated in the young communicator category.
Other in-house nominees include Cancer Research, which is a finalist in the public affairs category for its lobbying for a law to ban under-18 use of sunbeds.
Francis Ingham, PRCA chief executive, said: 'We've had 30% more entries this year than last year and have involved more than 60 judges in choosing the shortlists. The feedback is that the entries are getting stronger each year as campaigns become increasingly sophisticated and creative.'
The awards ceremony will take place on 26 October at the London Hilton on Park Lane with a black tie ceremony hosted by comedian Rufus Hound.