D&AD taps Kiwi jurors

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D&AD has named Saatchi & Saatchi Auckland ECD Corey Chalmers and Clemenger BBDO Wellington CD Bridget Alkema as jurors for its 2015 awards, scheduled for April in London. The categories they will judge have yet to be announced.

This year, the eight-day awards show has been dubbed the D&AD Festival. “We didn’t want to call it a festival without delivering exactly what people would expect, an event that buzzes with creative energy,” said D&AD ceo Tim Lindsay.

“This isn’t just a chance to meet the makers of some of your favourite creative work, it’s a forum to listen to what they have to say about our industry and be inspired. None of this would be possible without the participation of our dedicated jurors.

“They are the ones who bring the D&AD awards to life.”

More jurors will be announced over the next few weeks.

The NZ & Australia jurors appointed so far are:

  • Vince Frost, Executive Creative Director, CEO, Frost Collective, Australia
  • Ben Cooper, Group Innovation Director, M&C Saatchi Sydney, Australia
  • Brigid Alkema, Creative Director, Clemenger BBDO, New Zealand
  • Dave Bowman, Creative Director, Special Group. Australia
  • Corey Chalmers, Executive Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi, New Zealand
  • Hilary Badger, Senior Copywriter, Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, Australia
  • Jo deFina, Executive Producer, The Otto Empire, Australia
  • Michael Hillard, Executive Producer, Partner, Finch Company, Australia
  • Murray Bell, Founder and Director, Semi-Permanent, Australia
  • Richard Bullock, Director, Hungry Man, Australia
  • Tara McKenty, Creative Director, Google Australia, Australia
  • Wilf Sweetland, Managing Director, The Sweet Shop, Australia
  • Zoe Politt, Founder and Director, Eskimo, Australia

A full list of judges can be found at here.

The creative extravaganza takes shape
Once the judges have deliberated and made their decisions during four intense days of judging, the D&AD festival really begins. As well as an exhibition of all the entered and winning work, the Old Truman Brewery will be alive with five days of creative activity.  With two main stages for talks and panel discussions, over 40 speakers from the world of design and advertising, sensory installations, fringe events, food stalls, photography exhibitions, film screenings, workshops and a few parties, it’s the ticket to the most exciting event in town.

Especially curated for creative professionals, a three-day ticket will cost £185 (NZ$410) and will enable an all-access pass to all main and fringe events. An edited version of the festival will run on the Saturday and Sunday, with free entry to the general public and a family-friendly series of events, making D&AD Festival the most inclusive and award experience around.

Work entered into the 2016 D&AD Awards must have been commercially released between 01 January 2015 and 18 March 2016 and been produced in genuine response to a client brief. It must not have been entered in previous years. Submissions should be made in their original language by 17 February 2016. The Awards cost from just £85 (NZ$188) to enter. All entered work is displayed at the D&AD Festival and will be viewed by senior creatives and visitors to the festival throughout the week.

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

Full information on categories, pricing and dates can be found here.

About D&AD
Since 1962, D&AD has been inspiring a community of creative thinkers by celebrating and stimulating the finest in design and advertising. A D&AD Pencil is recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade; the Awards entered and attended by the best creative decision makers from around the world. Set to reward, promote and enable creative brilliance in all areas of creative communication, a Yellow – or Black – Pencil remains the pinnacle in many careers. The introduction of the White Pencil- Creativity for Good category in 2012 was a resounding success. Since its launch it has grown from a single brief to an entire movement, producing a record four Pencil winners in 2015.

But it’s much more than just the Awards. Members join a vibrant global community, whilst Creatives and clients are inspired by a world-class training and development programme. Students are supported with projects, awards and exhibitions, which give them a vital leg-up as they enter the industry.

As a non-profit, all of D&AD’s surpluses go straight into programmes that develop the next generation of creative talent while campaigning for the creative industries to help solve the world’s toughest social and environmental issues.


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