Entries open for the 43rd annual Axis awards

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AUCKLAND, Today: The Comms Council last night issued the call for entries for this years’ Axis Awards. “If this isn’t your first rodeo, you’ll be aware that this is where the theme for the year is introduced,” says Axis 2023 convenor Leisa Wall.

“Did you know Axis has been around for 43 years? There have been a lot of themes in that time. Believe me, we checked.

“We started talking about them but then got distracted by something else – the work from years past.

“It got us thinking that in an industry like ours where so much time and energy is spent looking out for the next new thing, it is worth taking the time to look back occasionally and reflect on what we’ve accomplished.

“The more we dug through the archives (hard drives, floppy disks, pen drives and all) the more we realized that Axis has quite the legacy.

“The more we dug through the archives (hard drives, floppy disks, pen drives and all) the more we realized that Axis has quite the legacy.”

“That’s why we’ve decided this year, Axis won’t use a theme to show off its creativity – we’re going to celebrate the ideas that have shaped our award show and our industry down here in Aotearoa.

“When you look at past winners of Axis you’ll agree there’s some work that has stood the test of time. Work that more often than not has gone on to win big on the international award circuit. We’re pretty bloody consistent and we should be proud.

“Those great ideas are the ones that inspire us. Driven with an equal mix of excitement and intimidation we grab an A3 pad and a black sharpie (or stylus and iPad) and set out to crack our own big idea. One that will be worthy of recognition – firstly, by the audience it was created for but also our peers in the advertising industry.

So here it is, this year’s call for entries. Time for you to do a mental stock take of the past 12 months of work and begin to weigh up the ideas that could give you a chance at metallic glory and a place in Axis history.”

The 2022 AXIS Awards are sponsored by Google, Meta, NZME, oOh!media, Stuff, The Radio Bureau, and TVNZ.


Entries Open: Wednesday 16 November 2022
Early Bird Deadline: Wednesday 25 January 2023 at 4 pm
Final Deadline: Wednesday 8 February 2023 at 4pm
Category Judging Online: Friday 24 February – Thursday 2 March 2023
Category Judging Week: Monday 6 March – Friday 10 March 2023
Executive online judging: Tuesday 14 March – Tuesday 21 March 2023
Executive Judging Session: Thursday 23 March 2023
Axis Speaks: Thursday 30 March 2023
Awards Show: Thursday 30 March 2023

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