90-strong jury revealed for 42nd AWARD Awards

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90-strong jury revealed for 42nd AWARD Awards

The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) has today announced the full line up of jurors for the 42nd AWARD Awards.


A total of 90 leading creatives from Australia and around the world will be tasked with selecting the 42nd AWARD Awards winners in this year’s celebration of the most outstanding creative communications work in the Asia-Pacific region.

As announced on 4 February, globally-acclaimed creative Pancho Cassis will act as this year’s AWARD Awards Jury President.

This year’s Jury Chairs are:

Digital: Claudia Cristovao – Google, Japan

Press, Poster & The Dark Arts: Mandie van der Merwe – M&C Saatchi

Media Thinking: Tom Martin – Special Group

Impact: Samira Ansari- FCB, New York

Design: Jamie Mitchell – M35

Culture: Lauren Costa – Joan Creative, New York

Sound: Justine Armour – Grey, New York

Film: Laura Petruccelli – GSP, San Fran

Craft in Motion: Kim Gehrig – Revolver/Somesuch, LA

Life Changing: Gen Hoey – Alto, New York

APG Creative Strategy: Chrissy Blackburn – West 82nd

See the full list of jurors here.

Says Cam Blackley, chair of AWARD: “You’ve only got to look at the line-up of world class Jury Chairs and jurors to see how much love and respect for the AWARD Awards exists beyond our shores. We’re honoured to welcome this caliber of talent that would be right at home on any jury, anywhere in the world.

“This will be a remarkable year given that the creative advertising industry has come through the toughest period in decades: even under trying circumstances we saw how outstanding ideas can tackle anything that a pandemic and a recession can throw at us.”

Online pre-judging to determine finalists will take place from 12 to 26 March 2021, followed by virtual room judging to award metal from 3 to 14 May 2021.

The AWARD Awards virtual ceremony will take place on Friday, 21 May 2021. Full details of the ceremony will be announced shortly.

AWARD will also soon be announcing a creative festival planned for the second half of 2021.