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2016 D&AD Awards Opens for Entries

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Call for entries opens with new PR and Media categories

2016 D&AD Awards Opens for Entries

It’s that time of year again, entries for the 54th D&AD Professional Awards have opened and it looks set to be the most exciting year yet. If you’ve created a piece of work, a campaign, a product, a movement that has had people exclaiming “I wish I’d done that!” then this might be your year. 

So as the wheels get into motion, here are some notable facts at a glance:

• There are 2 new categories for the 2016 edition of the world-famous Awards: PR and Media

• Innovative new and re-structured sub-categories are also added across all crafts for 2016

• F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi designing the campaign for Next Awards

• The judging experience is set to be the biggest ever with 8 days of activity in east London

Professional Awards - So what’s new?

This year’s call for entries has opened with two completely new categories in response to the evolving creative landscape: PR and Media. With multiple subcategories for each of these new additions, entries can be submitted for campaigns in categories as varied as use of print, branded content, events and stunts through to crisis management and use of data. Tim Lindsay, D&AD CEO commented “Where once the function of a PR or Media department was to support and elevate a creative campaign designed by a separate agency, today the lines of creativity are blurred. Successful campaigns are no longer just crafted in the confines of creative agencies, creativity can no longer be pigeonholed in this way.” 

“Celebrating and awarding creativity is at the heart of what D&AD does and so it makes sense to move with the times. Increasingly whole creative campaigns are being designed and created in-house by talented teams who are just as adept at harnessing the power of social media or data as they are creating their own content.”

“Adding new categories is an important step for us, it isn’t a decision that we take lightly, so we have brought on Marian Salzman, Chairman, Global Collective and CEO, North America, Havas PR and Tess Alps, Chairman of Thinkbox to be the jury foremen for PR and Media respectively. This isn’t a soft launch; this is a complete commitment to honouring these categories and recognising their achievements.”

After an overwhelming response to the Book Design category in 2015, D&AD has decided to celebrate the true breadth of design that this category inspires with in-depth new subcategories. 

Also in design, the Product Design category is awarding contemporary innovation with new categories for 3D printed products and wearable technology. Game geeks will also have a field day with Printed Games submissions, new to Graphic Design, Media continues to play a large role in shaping creativity and with such a diverse array of outstanding campaigns continuing to emerge in this space, D&AD has added subcategories to last year’s new Branded Film Content & Entertainment and to the Film Advertising categories. 

Following on from the Black Pencil winning K9FM, Radio Advertising has also expanded with a subcategory dedicated to branded audio content, as this area has seen significant growth in the past 12 months. Innovators in Digital Marketing are celebrated with the introduction of social video, confirming what everyone already knows: advertising to millennials has never been so relevant.

Full information on categories, pricing and dates can be found here.

Next Awards

Also open for entries today are D&AD’s Next Director and Next Photographer Awards. The Next series bridges the gap between the D&AD Professional Awards and New Blood programme by identifying the best new talent and promoting them back to industry. The creative campaign for this year’s awards will be designed by Brazilian Agency F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi.

Shortlisted directors and photographers receive international exposure for their work, mentoring from a wide portfolio of acclaimed photographers, agents, production companies and advertising agencies, plus the chance to win funding and grants towards personal and commissioned projects. 

The overall winner will then be chosen from the shortlists and announced at the D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony in May 2016, taking home a coveted D&AD Pencil and earning a place in the 2016 D&AD Annual. All shortlisted entries also get a mention in the Annual.

To find out more about eligibility criteria and how to enter the Next Director Award, click here.

For the Next Photographer Award, click here.

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D&AD, Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:17:06 GMT