90+ strong jury to judge 41st AWARD Awards; VMLY&R NZ’s Kim Pick named Sound jury chair

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90+ strong jury to judge 41st AWARD Awards; VMLY&R NZ’s Kim Pick named Sound jury chair

The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) has today announced the full line up of jurors for the 41st AWARD Awards – an annual celebration of the most outstanding creative communications work in the Asia-Pacific region.


A total of 93 creatives will be tasked with selecting the 41st AWARD Awards winners, with online pre-judging to determine finalists taking place from 21 February to 28 February 2020 and in-room judging to award metal on 25 and 26 March 2020. VMLY&R NZ executive creative director Kim Pick has been named jury chair of Sound.

As announced on 31 January, globally-acclaimed creative Gerry Graf will act as this year’s AWARD Awards jury president.

This year’s jury chairs are:

Digital: Craig Brooks
Press, Poster and The Dark Arts: Sarah Barclay
Media Thinking: Russ Tucker, TBWA’s Eleven PR FH
Impact: Pia Chaudhuri
Design: Michaela Webb, Round
Culture: Judee Thaiumrong, Grey United
Sound: Kim Pick, VMLY&R
Film: Jeff Goodby, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Craft in Motion: Wilf Sweetland, Sweetshop
Life Changing: Tea Uglow, Google Creative Lab
APG Creative Strategy (1): Andrew Howie, Amazon
APG Creative Strategy (2): Sudeep Gohil, KPMG
Brand Building: Brent Smart, IAG

The juries are:

Chair: Craig Brooks
Stefanie DiGianvincenzo Google
Damian Royce Havas
Benn Sutton CHEP
Jack Nunn Special Group
Karen Bryson FINCH
Bridget Taylor Contagion

Print, Poster and The Dark Arts
Chair: Sarah Barclay
John Koay Ogilvy Hong Kong
Andy Flemming M&C Saatchi
Matt Stoddart TBWA\Melbourne
Leisa Wall FCB
Micah Walker Bear Meets Eagle on Fire
Nicole Hetherington Abel

Media Thinking
Chair: Russ Tucker TBWA’s Eleven PR FH
Tom Martin Special Group
Robbie Brammall Mona
Lea Egan Clemenger BBDO
Karen Ferry Freelance
Jim Curtis Droga5
Casey Schweikert BMF

Chair: Pia Chaudhuri Freelance
Simone Gupta One Green Bean
David Mardon Traffik
Helen James CHEP
Simon Bagnasco Saatchi & Saatchi
Steve Coll Facebook
Lindsay Evans Special Group

Chair: Michaela Webb Round
Vince Frost Frost Design
Adrian Lawrence Future Delux
Faie Davis Epic Publishing
Nicole Liedberg Re
Jo Roca For the People
Toby Pike FINCH

Chair: Judee Thaiumrong Grey United
Selena Mackenzie Tellart
Tim Woolford DDB
Leon Wilson Robyn&Leon
Tim Chenery Bashful
Michelle Walsh Leo Burnett
Michael Hilliard FINCH
James Dive Scoundrel

Chair: Kim Pick VMLY&R
Mann Bautista McCann
Brad Power Stellar Group
Rikki Burns Meerkats
Anthony Aston Rumble
Kate Stenhouse Electric Sheep Music
Amy Hollier Freelance
Dave Fraser BMF

Chair: Jeff Goodby Goodby Silverstein & Partners
Gary Steele DDB
Emma Robbins M&C Saatchi
Vince Lagana The Monkeys
Dan O’Connell Innocean
Sarah McGregor Cummins&Partners
Fiona McGee Good Oil
Linda Knight Observatory

Craft in Motion
Chair: Wilf Sweetland Sweetshop
Peter Grasse Mr+Positive
Leigh Small Sydney Film Festival
Daniel Pizzato Freelance
Jasmin Helliar Revolver/Will O’Rourke
Bernard Garry The Editors
Christy Peacock Freelance
Barbara Humphries The Monkeys

Life Changing
Chair: Tea Uglow Google Creative Lab
Asheen Naidu BWM Dentsu
Chiquita King Coffee Coca Gunpowder
Adrian Bosich AIRBAG
Hazelle Klonhammer McCann
Evan Roberts Clemenger BBDO
Tara Ford DDB
Jonathan Kneebone The Glue Society

APG Creative Strategy (1)
Chair: Andrew Howie Amazon
Ben Welsh DDB
Julian Schreiber Special Group
Susan Massasso a2Milk
Karen Taylor Hourigan International
Adriane McDermott AM Consulting & Coaching
Nicky Bryson PwC

APG Creative Strategy (2)
Chair: Sudeep Gohil KPMG
Ben Coulson Clemenger BBDO
Adam Rose Richards Rose
Jenny Melhuish Westpac
Hannah McHard ALDI
Al Crawford Shapeshifter Consulting
Sally Kiernan NRMA Insurance

Brand Building
Chair: Brent Smart IAG
Lisa Ronson Coles
Tom McFarlane M&C Saatchi
Melissa Hopkins Optus

Says Cam Blackley, chair of AWARD: “This year’s jury are ‘guinea pigs’ as we change to a live judging format for the 41st AWARD Awards. Smaller, more balanced juries made up of the industry’s leading minds (from here and abroad) are absolutely critical for us to raise the bar. This year Chairs also will play a vital role in determining the best of the best on the final day. We fully acknowledge being a juror involves many intense hours of work, so even before judging has started we want to thank all of them in advance for agreeing to play extraordinary roles in what is set to be the biggest and best show in the history of the AWARD Awards.

“I’d also like to thank all those who nominated to judge this year. We had an overwhelming response to our call out, and while we couldn’t include everyone we already have our eye on line ups for AWARD in 2021.”

The AWARD Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, 27 March 2020 at The Venue, Alexandria as part of the three-day festival that will incorporate the awards judging.