Congrats Maria Masniak & Callum Batley and Bayleigh Way & James Greig

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AUCKLAND, Today: Two Media Design School teams – Maria Masniak & Callum Batley and Bayleigh Way & James Greig – scored wins in the Non-Professional category at AdStars in Busan.

Masniak & Batley won for their work for WikiBlocks (in Creative eCommerce), while Way & Batley got the nod for The BiOlympic Tattoo.

MDS creative advertising director Kate Humphries said: “We’ve had a few very well-received ideas this year that tackle NFTs and digital currencies in creative ways, and they’ve put both students (and their lecturers) on a very steep learning curve.

“So it’s great to see a student team showing the fruits of all that learning.


“Thank you Dave Shirley (FCB), Adam Thompson (Augusto), Jacob Newton & Joseph Jover (DDB), and Justin Butler, Letizia Bozzolini & Tom Johnson (Special).”

“With only 47 student wins out of the thousands entered, the final round of judging was incredibly tough and vigorous this year. So, both teams should be feeling really chuffed about their results.

“As always, we owe a big thank you to the industry panelists Dave Shirley (FCB), Adam Thompson (Augusto), Jacob Newton & Joseph Jover (DDB), and Justin Butler, Letizia Bozzolini and Tom Johnson (Special).

“And on that jolly note, MDS and the Comms Council will be doing our yearly shout out to industry for mentors at the end of this week – but if anyone from the industry wants to put their hand up right now for mentoring a team, you can cut to the chase by contacting me directly at kate.humphries@mediadesignschool.com


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