11 creatives from Australia including Perth’s Belle Verdiglione to judge 2021 D&AD Awards

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11 creatives from Australia including Perth’s Belle Verdiglione to judge 2021 D&AD Awards

D&AD has announced the Jury members that will preside over the judging of the organisation’s 2021 Awards programme. This year Perth is represented by photographer & business coach Belle Verdiglione. In total 94 professionals from across the Asia-Pacific region have been selected to join the jury including 11 from Australia, dedicated to recognising and celebrating the most thought provoking creative work of the past year.


Since 1962, D&AD has stimulated and enabled creative excellence and will continue to support the creative community through this period of unprecedented uncertainty. The 2021 Awards will recognise exceptional work created within the past year in the belief that platforming creative thinking is always worthwhile, particularly in times of strife.

Following the success of the 2020 Awards, D&AD’s distinguished jurors will once again assemble virtually to review the work, holding each piece to the same high standards that the Awards are renowned for. The only exceptions are the Branding, Graphic, Product, Packaging, Book, Magazine & Newspaper Design and Writing for Design categories, where in-person judging is essential.

The panels for this year’s awards will be led by some of Asia-Pacific’s leading creative thinkers, including Paul Chan, Chief Creative Officer of Cheil Hong Kong, presiding over the Direct jury; Jean Lin, Global CEO, Creative at Dentsu Inc., leading the new E-Commerce category; Charu Aggarwal Harish, Chief Strategy Officer – India and South East Asia at Havas Group, heading up the Media jury; Virginia Lung, Design Director & Owner of One Plus Partnership, leading the Spatial Design jury; and Allison Brownmoore, Past Curfew’s Creative Director & Founder, at the helm of the Visual Effects jury.

The list of confirmed Jury Presidents and judges from the Asia-Pacific region can be viewed below and on the D&AD website.

As the creative industries constantly evolve, the D&AD Awards evolve with it. Multiple new categories this year aim to represent the changing landscape of the creative sector, each being judged by leading figures within each discipline. New categories include E-commerce, Gaming, Type Design and Next Photographer, with additional subcategories within Low Budget and New Realities and Emerging Media.

Says Donal Keenan, Awards director at D&AD: “We are always striving to award the most ambitious, thought provoking work through the D&AD Awards, which can only be achieved through the expertise of our judges. Last year’s jury showed us that the meticulous judging process can be successfully replicated in a virtual fashion, something we are continuing this year. There is no doubt that our exciting list of industry experts will once again take the challenge in their stride and reflect D&AD’s pride in the celebration of the creative industries.”

A full list of this year’s Juries, alongside details on the new categories, judging criteria and pricing, can be found on the D&AD website.

The 2021 D&AD Awards are open for entry through 31 March.

Australian jurors:
Art Direction: Barbara Humphries, Creative Director, The Monkeys
Branding: Patrick Guerrera, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Re Sydney
Digital: Vince Lagana, Executive Creative Director, The Monkeys
Digital Design: Tea Uglow, Creative Director, Google
Direction: Richard Bullock, Director, Revolver/Hungry Man
Graphic Design: Jo Roca, Creative Director, For The People
Impact: Vince Frost, Founder, Design Your Life
Media: Julian Schreiber, Chief Creative Officer & Partner, Special Group Australia
Photography: Belle Verdiglione, Photographer & Business Coach, Belle Verdiglione Photography, Perth
Radio & Audio: Lesley Chambers, Producer & Voice Casting Professional, The Casting Chambers
Side Hustle: Sarah Vincenzini, Associate Creative Director, M&C Saatchi Australia