What's different about the AdNews Agency of the Year Awards?

By AdNews | 26 February 2019

In case you missed the news, a reinvigorated AdNews Agency of the Year Awards has arrived for 2019.

Boasting an entirely new format, revised entry and judging criteria, a renewed emphasis on celebrating your work – and a brand new chair of judges: Samsung CMO Josh Grace, the AdNews Agency of the Year on 5 April is back with a bang!

Our new format is a break with tradition and sets AdNews Agency of the Year Awards apart from the swathes of tired industry awards programs. Instead, we are introducing a three-stage event: a leaders’ long lunch, an exhibition of the finalists’ work, and a party to end all parties at a price a cash-strapped upcomer can afford.

Rather than labouring over more than 30 categories in a marathon ceremony, we have slashed the count to 20 entered and two chosen categories (see below for a complete list of the overhauled awards).

AdNews also revealed that Snapchat is our presenting partner for the reinvigorated Agency of the Year Awards, celebrating the best work and agencies of 2018.

A big thanks also to gold sponsor GOAT, silver sponsors Val Morgan, Outbrain and Lendlease and our bronze sponsors Commtract, Blue Star Web, Adstream and Wink Models.

What happens on the day?

Leaders’ Lunch:

We are absolutely thrilled to present our new format – our leaders’ long lunch where we will give free, VIP invites to the leaders of the organisations who appear in the finalists lists - as well as their second in command so make sure your calendar is blocked out. The exclusive lunch will run from 2pm and 18 of the awards will be distributed.

What else is new?


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.

What happens in the evening?


At 6pm, 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.

Want more? See: AdNews Agency of the Year reborn: A new era for industry awards

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

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