DDB was recently crowned the YoungGuns agency of the year (primarily on the strength of the Sky Arts Channel campaign) and Media Design School is also beaming, with recent Adschool graduates Ed Knowles, frontman of Kiwi band The Checks (wanna see a cool music video?) and Charles Twaddle taking home a Silver Bullet for ‘Reflections’, an ambient outdoor advertising campaign that plays on famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Sydney Opera House for HSBC.
Colenso BBDO was singled out for praise in the role it played helping BBDO win network of the decade in the YoungGuns International awards and also for helping New Zealand reach second place on the list of top performing countries. And these acknowledgments were obviously well-deserved, because it’s also taken out the YoungGuns agency of the decade honours.
More proof, if any were needed, that New Zealand is still hitting it out of the park when it comes to creativity in advertising after the Adschool at Auckland’s Media Design School was named the fourth best (a very good position, as DDB’s Moro campaign shows) advertising school of the decade on account of the gongs its students have taken home in the first ten years of the YoungGuns Awards.
It’s been a good couple of days for Colenso: it’s well and truly leading the pack with its EFFIE shortlistings and now BBDO has been named the YoungGuns Network of the Decade by YoungGuns International on account of the vast array of metal the network has won since the awards were founded ten years ago.
New Zealand loves comparing its performance with other nations. And typically we always do well on a per capita basis. But the YoungGuns Top 10 rankings of the most Awarded Countries of the past decade shows that we’re flat out better than almost all of our foreign rivals when it comes to the quality of our creative advertising whippersnappers (turns out the old folk aren’t too bad either).
Entries for the 10th YoungGuns awards are now open, so if you’re under 30 and you’re already delivering awesome ideas that are “challenging and changing the way communication is done”, get in there for a chance to be recognised as the best emerging creative talent in the world—and to have your place of employ recognised as a supporter of the yoof.