D&AD releases entry call for 2015

EditorNews Make a Comment

D&AD has issued its call for entries for the 53rd D&AD Professional Awards – this year including several new sub-category additions “in response to the evolving creative landscape”. The entry deadline is Wednesday 18 February, 2015.

“New media continues to play a large role in shaping creativity and with such a diverse array of outstanding campaigns continuing to emerge in this space, D&AD has created a new jury and category for Branded Film Content & Entertainment,” said D&AD ceo Tim Lindsay.

TV, film, online and documentaries will be recognised at next year’s awards, in addition to a sub-category for Tactical Branded Film Content & Entertainment.

“Meanwhile, the White Pencil – Creativity for Good award has proved a resounding success at the D&AD Professional Awards,” Lindsay said. “Since its launch in partnership with Unilever in 2012, the White Pencil has grown from a single brief to an entire movement, whilst producing two Black Pencil-winning campaigns in 2014.”

With its popularity increasing, the category has expanded from two to five sub-categories. Aiming to encourage more entries from big businesses, the jury now distinguishes between work for NGOs and brands across both advertising & marketing communications and design.

Service Innovation is also new, introduced to recognise service products that seek to build brands and businesses by doing good.

Innovation was well represented in 2014, with the three new categories introduced across digital and integrated juries producing two Black Pencils in ‘NS/ProRail’ and ‘The Most Powerful Arm’.

“To further celebrate those pushing the boundaries of technology, innovation sub-categories have been added to Packaging Design, Product Design and Radio Advertising,” Lindsay said. “Innovation in media is also recognised through the revamped Integrated & Innovative Media jury.”

Elsewhere, the TV & Cinema Advertising category has been renamed to Film Advertising and features a new Tactical sub-category for film advertising that features a real-time, rapid reaction to breaking news. There is also a new sub-category, Casting for Film Advertising, introduced within Film Advertising Crafts.

Lastly, following its successful re-addition at the 2014 Awards, there are two new sub-categories introduced within Music Videos. Direction and Production Design for Music Videos take the number of sub-categories available for entrants to seven.

Here’s Lindsay again: “There were two standout themes at last year’s awards: innovation and creativity for good. Across the board we saw some exceptional demonstrations of the power of creativity to push boundaries through ideas that fundamentally change peoples’ behaviours for the better.

“In 2014, we saw White Pencil winners also awarded the ultimate accolade of a Black Pencil for the first time, but we don’t want to stop there. We want to see even more inspirational and innovative ideas that raise the bar even higher. In fact, one challenge I’d like to set is to see White-Pencil winning work from brands, as well as NGOs and charities. Show us just how influential creativity can be by proving how you can do well by doing good, too.”

“D&AD only awards work of the highest standard, meaning that the quantity of top Awards given fluctuates year on year. The scrutiny and rigour imposed by the internationally acclaimed judges is legendary, and ensures that only the very best work receives the coveted Yellow, White and Black Pencils.”

All awarded work appears in the D&AD Annual, released annually in September and is available to purchase exclusively through D&AD.

The Awards cost from £85 (NZ$169) to enter this year. All entries received by 29 October 2014 will save 10% on the cost of entry. Freelancers and sole traders that are members of D&AD are eligible to receive a 20% discount.

  • Full details at Full information on categories, pricing and dates can be found at www.dandad.org. The first jury announcements will be made in September.

Share this Post