Photographer Manja Wachsmuth wins Bronze Cube and Merit In ADC 100th Annual Awards

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Photographer Manja Wachsmuth wins Bronze Cube and Merit In ADC 100th Annual Awards

Auckland-based photographer Manja Wachsmuth has won a Bronze Cube and a Merit in The One Club for Creativity’s historic ADC 100th Annual Awards, the world’s longest continually running creative award recognizing excellence in craft, innovation and design.


Wachsmuth won the Bronze in Photography, Design for Good for “Behind Closed Doors” photography on behalf of Cuisine Magazine.  She worked on the project with Phil Clark, Chand Sahrawat and Sid Sahrawat, all in Auckland.

The Merit was for “Hiakai” on behalf of Penguin Random House in Photography, Food-series, working with Monique Fiso Wellington and Jeremy Sherlock Auckland.

A complete showcase of all ADC 100th Cube and Merit winners can be viewed here, a pdf of all winners can be downloaded here.

Globally, ADC 100th Annual Awards Black Cube for Best of Show went to “The Uncensored Library” by DDB Germany Berlin with MediaMonks Hilversum and Blockworks London on behalf of Reporters Without Borders.  The work also received the ADC Designism Cubefor the entry that best encourages positive societal and political change.

ADC 100th Annual Awards top winners, based on cumulative points for all ADC awards won this year, are:

  • Agency of the Year: DDB Germany Berlin
  • Network of the Year: DDB Worldwide
  • Design Team of the Year: The New York Times Magazine New York
  • Production Company of the Year: MediaMonks Hilversum
  • Music & Sound Production Company of the Year: JSM Music New York
  • In-House Agency of the Year: Spotify In-House New York
  • Boutique Agency of the Year: CRK Basel
  • Boutique Design Firm of the Year: DADADA Studio/Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Vilnius (Lithuania)
  • Client of the Year: The New York Times
  • Freelancer of the Year (as selected by The One Club and Working Not Working): Mah Ferraz Brooklyn
  • Member’s Choice Award: COLLINS San Francisco “Brand Identity” for San Francisco Symphony

Says Ari Weiss, CCO, DDB Worldwide about the Network and Agency of the Year wins: “Advertising has always been one part art, one part science. I had a boss once who said a great piece of communication is 80% craft and 80% idea. He wasn’t great at math, but he was great at making his point. To see our craft celebrated like this by an organization like ADC really validates the journey we’re on as a network to love the craftsmanship as much as we love the idea.”

The Bloc New York won two ADC Fusion Cubes, in the initial year of the industry-first special award honoring creative excellence and diversity both in the content of the work and the creative and production teams who made it.  The Bloc won one Fusion Cube for “The Call” on behalf of EmpowHer NY, and the other for National Black Child Development Institute “ABCs of Survival”.

Tied with the most ADC Gold Cubes this year are BBDO Group Germany Düsseldorf and INGO Stockholm, each with seven.  Spotify In-House New York won six Golds, followed by DDB Germany Berlin and The New York Times Magazine New York with five each and The New Yorker with four.

A total of 9,132 pieces were entered from 61 countries in the ADC 100th Annual Awards.  Agencies, studios, brands, production companies and designers in 36 countries were awarded a total of 98 ADC Gold Cubes, 104 Silvers, 171 Bronze and 382 Merits this year.

Now in its historic 100th year, the ADC Annual Awards are the longest continually running global creative awards honoring excellence in craft, innovation and design.  The One Club will hold a special ADC centennial event this fall in New York, details to be announced shortly.

The ADC 100th Annual Awards Global Creative Rankings will be announced next week, followed by The One Club Global Creative Rankings, combining winners from ADC 100th and The One Show 2021.