11 creative professionals to represent Australia on D&AD Awards 2023 juries

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11 creative professionals to represent Australia on D&AD Awards 2023 juries

D&AD has today announced the judges for the 61st annual Awards programme including 11 from Australia.


This year, 71 professionals from across the Asia Pacific region have been selected to join the juries, dedicated to recognising and celebrating the world’s best creative work from the past year.

Representing Australia on the juries is:

Branding – Melissa Baillache, Executive Creative Director, For The People
Digital – Tara Ford, Group Chief Creative Officer, The Monkeys
Editing – Corey Esse, Managing Director / Executive Producer, FINCH
Entertainment – Millicent Malcolm , Film Director / Writer, The Glue Society
Gaming & Virtual Worlds – Anastasia Simone, Senior Art Director, Host/Havas
Impact – Ben Cooper, Group Innovation Director, Tricky Jigsaw / M&C Saatchi
PR – Marcus Tesoriero, Chief Creative Officer, The General Store
Sound Design & Use of Music – Abby Sie Head of Sound, Film & TV MassiveMusic Sydney
Spatial – Murray Bell, Founder, Semi-Permanent
Visual Effects – Dani Pearce, Director, Revolver
Writing for Design – Katherine Fischer, Verbal Design Director, Re

Australian expats on various juries include Michael Stanish, executive producer, Ground Control, UK (Casting); John Mescall, global executive creative director, McCann Worldgroup USA (Collaborative); Lauren Pleydell-Pearce, ECD, PwC UK (Commerce); Ellen Fromm, associate creative director, AKQA Amsterdam (Creative Transformation); Wayne Deakin, global principal creative, Wolff Olins, UK (Digital Design); Reed Collins, CCO APAC, Ogilvy APAC (Direct) and Elise Butt, editor, Trim Editing, ARC EDIT, London (Editing).

Live judging will take place over four days from 7-10 May at The Old Truman Brewery, London, in conjunction with a series of creative excellence insight panels, keynote talks, workshops, and an exhibition of the shortlisted work as part of the returning D&AD Festival. More details about D&AD Festival will be announced soon.

The D&AD Awards Ceremony will be held as the culminating event of D&AD Festival at BFI Southbank in London across two nights on 24 and 25 May, with a day programme of keynote talks on 25 May.

The juries for this year’s Awards welcome participation from some of the Asia Pacific’s leading creative thinkers, including: Eugene Cheong, Chief Creative Officer, DDB Asia; Kitty Lun, Director, Creative Shop Greater China, Meta; John Mescall, Global Executive Creative Director, McCann Worldgroup; Natalie Lam, Chief Creative Officer, APAC & MEA Publicis Groupe; Noopur Datye, Type Designer / Co-founder, Ek Type; Ronald Ng, Global CCO, MRM; Seiichi Saito, Panoramatiks Principal    Abstract Engine Co., Ltd.; and Tara Ford, Group Chief Creative Officer, The Monkeys.

Says Donal Keenan, awards director at D&AD: “Delighted that the D&AD Awards Judging, Festival and Ceremony, are all back and in person for 2023…The real life connections and experiences had during judging and festival are in-valuable so looking forward to bringing the community together again. The debates, stimulation and provocations are what make it all so special at D&AD.”

Full details of all Judges by category are available on the D&AD website.

D&AD Awards 2023 are now open for entry. The deadline to save 20% is 8 February, and the final deadline to enter is 15 March. Freelancers and small businesses can save an additional 25% on submissions.

View the full jury line-up here.