AWARD NZ picks its winners

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Jemma Titheridge has been named New Zealand’s top AWARD School student at a graduation ceremony at Little Easy in Ponsonby. Second place was awarded to Robert Chapman, with Amy-Rose Lynch taking third place. 

For the first time, a Best of Show was also awarded, won by Amy-Rose Lynch for her Donate a Fish fundraising campaign for Coastguard New Zealand.

“I was blown away by some of this year’s ideas, so congratulations to all of our students,” said AWARD NZ school head (and Colenso art director) Brett Colliver, speaking at the graduation ceremony which showcased the best pieces of work from the 2015 class of 10.

“It was great to see that the graduates were able to come up with ideas across a variety of mediums – from very clever print ads for Samsung, to super-smart integrated ideas for Coastguard New Zealand.

“The next challenge for the guys will be getting into an agency, but I have no doubt they’re ready for it.”

Colliver thanked this year’s tutors Zac Lancaster (art director, DDB Group), Freddie Coltart (senior creative, FCB), and Matt Williams (senior copywriter, FCB). “They gave their time generously to mentor our students through the 12-week programme. It’s a big commitment and we are extremely grateful.

“And a huge thank you also has to go to all of the lecturers and judges for their contributions. There are too many names to mention here, but the students and I are very grateful.”

The AWARD School programme has now been running for more than 30 years; the 2015 graduates follow in the footsteps of many of today’s creative leaders, including past students David Droga (founder and creative chairman of Droga5), Matt Eastwood (worldwide chief creative officer at JWT New York), Craig Davis (ex-chairman of AWARD and co-chairman & chief creative officer of Publicis Mojo).

About AWARD School
AWARD School is a 12-week course for people who want to become creatives, copywriters or art directors in the communications industry. It’s a course about ideas, creative thinking and processes involved in coming up with great ideas. The course consists of evening lectures and tutorials by industry practitioners. To be accepted into the course, each person must submit a folio of work based on the brief set by the heads of AWARD School.

AWARD was founded more than 30 years ago. AWARD, powered by The Communications Council, counts some of the finest creative minds from Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia amongst its members. AWARD is a community of like-minded and passionate individuals galvanised by the sole aim of raising creative standards in all forms of commercial communication. It is a non-political, non-profit organisation.

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