PARIS, Today: The Epica Awards has appointed editor/entrepreneur Claire Beale as president of this year’s jury. The online awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 9 December – and the entry period has been extended until Friday 22 October.
Beale founded The Creative Salon, a UK-based platform for supporting and promoting commercial creativity, in 2020. Prior to that she was the longstanding global editor-in-chief of Campaign magazine. She’s a well-known and respected figure across the advertising industry.
Beale said: “Few people in our industry spend as much time viewing, discussing and dissecting advertising as the journalists whose job it is to write about creativity.
“And few people have our objectivity. That’s why the Epica Awards are so unique and why winning means so much to the companies that enter. I’m really proud to be chairing this year’s jury.”
“The advertising industry is clearly in a recovery period, as enthusiasm for awards is far higher than in 2020.”
Epica editorial director Mark Tungate said: “As a journalist and the founder of The Creative Salon, whose goals are to showcase creativity and nurture the next generation of creative talents, Claire’s expertise and genuine passion for great work make her the ideal jury president for us.
“The industry is clearly in a recovery period as enthusiasm for awards is far higher than in 2020.
In 2020, many projects could not be presented to the jury due to pandemic-related restrictions, which is why the competition has extended its eligibility dates. Work that has been approved by clients and used, published or broadcast since 1 July 2019 is eligible for entry to the 2021 awards.
The Epica jury is composed of editors and senior reporters from the world’s leading titles covering creativity and communications. They are supported by journalists from specialist fields such as post-production, VR, design, luxury and fashion.
M+AD ed David Gapes represents NZ on the jury – a role he’s filled for the past five years.
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