Comms Council issues Axis 2018 entries call

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The Axis Awards 2018 call for entry has now gone live on the Comms Council website (scroll down for the link). The theme next year is Respect.

Convener of Judges for 2018 is Brigid Alkema, Executive Creative Director of Clemenger BBDO NZ.

“Every year Axis celebrates what our industry has achieved in the last 365 days,” Alkema says. “The work that was made and the great minds that rallied together around a relentless belief in the power of creativity.

“The truly great work we do moves people and business. This work is rare, it’s brave, it’s dignified, it’s powerful. It deserves our respect. That’s what we’ll be showing at Axis 2018.”

“Axis 2018 will also see the introduction of a Brand Axis Award, recognising a business that has evolved its brand for the last decade.”

Brigid Alkema is joined by Special Group Managing Partner Michael Redwood as Chair, and on the Axis 2018 jury, the local presidents and executive judges are:

  • Chris Schofield (ECD, Shine)
  • Lisa Fedyszyn (Group Creative Director, Ogilvy)
  • Levi Slavin (Chief Creative Officer, Colenso BBDO)
  • Damon Stapleton (Chief Creative Officer, DDB).

The International judges will be announced within the next two weeks.

Entry categories for 2018 have been updated to better reflect increasing use of digital. Axis 2018 will also see the introduction of The Brand Axis award, recognising a New Zealand business or organisation that has been successfully building and evolving its brand for the last decade.

This new award aligns with the industry focus on the importance of long term brand building as a driver of commercial or social success.


  • Call for Entries goes live: Thursday 9 November 2017
  • Entries close: Tuesday 23 January 2018 at 4pm
  • Late entry deadline closes: Thursday 25 January 2018 at 4pm
  • Hard copy material deadline: Friday 2 February 2018
  • Finalists announced: Wednesday 21 February 2018
  • Tickets on sale: Tuesday 20 February 2018
  • Axis Speaks: Thursday 1 March 2018 (TBC – evening)
  • Awards Show: Thursday 8 March 2018

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