AdNews Agency of the Year Awards deadline is today

By AdNews | 1 February 2019

The deadline to enter our refreshed AdNews Agency of the Year Awards is today, so make sure your entries are in by the end of the day. 

This year we're doing away with the tired industry awards programs and have introduced a new three-stage format.

The event, on 5 April, starts with an exclusive leaders' long lunch at 2.30pm, complete with exhibition of the work and then a party to end the night.

Held at Sydney’s Centennial Hall, Town Hall, there is now a reduced list of award categories, and we are thrilled to have Samsung Australia CMO Josh Grace who joins us as the chair of judges.

Instead of labouring over more than 30 categories in a marathon ceremony, we've cut the count to 20 entered awards -  and two chosen categories.

We are also very proud to announce we have overhauled our entry criteria. Every category has been re-written and while we are, on occasion, asking for the submission of more corroborative information, we feel this is necessary to ensure a fair and level playing field.

We are also assembling a brand new panel of judges – led by Grace – who will be selected from client side. No agencies will be selected to judge other agency’s work.

Snapchat will be our presenting partner for this year's reinvigorated Agency of the Year Awards, celebrating the best work and agencies of 2018. Nova joins us as Gold sponsor and Bronze sponsors include Adstream and Bluestar Web.

The ENTRY KIT is available here.

If you're not sure which category is right for you have a look at our AdNews Agency of the Year entry guide.

Sponsorship enquires should be directed to Amanda Wilson, AdNews Events Sponsorship Manager.

Here are the full details for our new format and categories.

a) The AdNews Effectiveness Award

b) Employer of the Year

c) Ad of the Year

d) Independent Agency of the Year

e) Small Agency of the Year (Independent)
f) Small Agency of the Year (Network)
g) Media Agency of the Year

h) PR Agency of the Year

i) Content Agency / Division of the Year

j) Production Company of the Year

k)Creative Agency of the Year
l) Media Campaign of the Year

m) Digital Campaign of the Year

n) Best Use of Data

o) Digital Transformation Award

p) Brand Integration Award

q) Branded Content Award

r) Social Responsibility Award

s) Emerging Leader of the Year
t) Small Budget Media Campaign of the Year (Under $250,000)
The AdNews Agency of the Year Award and Hall of Fame recipient will be selected by AdNews and a consortium of judges.


Leader’s Lunch:

We are absolutely thrilled to present our new format – our leader’s long lunch where will give free, VIP invites the leaders of the organisations who appear in the finalists lists. The exclusive lunch will run from 2:30pm and 17 of the awards will be distributed by two new presenters, who may well be familiar to some of you (more on that to come).


Our exhibition of the finalists work will be housed in Centennial Hall throughout the lunch and evening party, showcasing the amazing volume of work from 2018. The exhibition will also be transported to a home outside of the event for three months (more information on that to follow). Our intention is to give the work more life outside a one-day event.

At 5:30pm, doors will open to the entire industry and we will hand out four very special awards: Emerging Leader of the Year; AdNews Hall of Fame; Employer of the Year and of course, AdNews Agency of the Year. To bring life and celebration to our party we are striking deals with seven special partners to deliver activations at the evening party. Be prepared to have the night of your life. Tickets will be priced at entry-level prices to ensure we can all be part of the celebration.

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