Ogilvy Australia leads the Australian agency pack at shortlist stage of the 2021 Ad Stars Awards

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Ogilvy Australia leads the Australian agency pack at shortlist stage of the 2021 Ad Stars Awards

Australia has scored the second highest number of finalists as Ad Stars reveals this year’s shortlist for its 2021 Awards. Ogilvy Australia leads the Australian pack with 34 finalists, followed by Good Oil with 20 and DDB Sydney with 19.


Thinkerbell has scored 16 finalists followed by Deloitte Digital and McCann Australia with 12 each. Saatchi & Saatchi Australia has picked up 11 finalists, Leo Burnett Australia has scored 10, VMLY&R Australia has nine and A&M Advertising has five. Australian agencies and companies with two finalists include BWM isobar Sydney, BMF, T&DA, Showpony and Paper Moose, whilst Clemenger BBDO Sydney and Special Group have one apiece.

Japan, Australia, Thailand, China and Korea have scored the highest number of finalists at the Ad Stars 2021 Awards. Overall, 1,726 finalists from 54 countries made the shortlist, which equates to approximately 9% of total entries.

All shortlisted entries are now in the running to win two Grand Prix of the Year trophies and a cheque for US$10,000. Winners will be announced online on 27 August on the final day of the Ad Stars Online Festival, which runs from 25 – 27 August.

Says Chloe Moon, head of awards at Ad Stars: “The Brand Experience & Activation category is more important than ever before, with a rise in entries of 30% over the past five years. It has been difficult to go out and communicate in person face-to-face due to the pandemic, so we saw many innovative campaigns that use technologies like AR and VR to solve the problem.”

Says Mariana Albuquerque, global creative director at MediaMonks/Circus in Brazil, who judged the Film categories: “It was amazing to see the diversity of films produced all over the globe, but especially Asia. What stood out to me was the quality of animation in the film category, and films that were entertaining, instead of a manifesto.”

Says Gustavo Nardini, creative director at Foundry Berlin: “Amidst the chaos and uncertainty that took over the whole world since last year, the work presented this year showed me how creativity is still our best weapon against anything we face. What would I love to see less of next year? Less corona-related entries – that would mean this is finally behind us.”

The agency networks with the highest number of finalists are: Dentsu (112 finalists); Ogilvy (108 finalists); BBDO Worldwide (78 finalists); Cheil (72 finalists) and Leo Burnett (66 finalists).

The 5 countries with the highest number of finalists include:

Dentsu Inc. / Dentsu Craft Tokyo / Dentsu Digital / Dentsu Isobar Inc. / Dentsu Kyushu / Dentsu West Japan – 76 finalists
Wieden + Kennedy Tokyo – 16 finalists
AKQA Japan and McCann Health Japan – 11 finalists each
Enjin Tokyo, TBWA Hakuhodo and SIX INC. – 9 finalists each

Ogilvy Australia – 34 finalists
GoodOil – 20 finalists
DDB Sydhey – 19 finalists
Thinkerbell – 16 finalists
Deloitte Australia – 12 finalists

Wunderman Thompson Thailand – 29 finalists
Ogilvy Group Thailand – 20 finalists
BBDO Bangkok – 19 finalists
GREYnJ United – 14 finalists
Leo Burnett Group Thailand – 9 finalists

Tencent – 18 finalists
TBWAChina – 16 finalists
inyoung – 12 finalists
F5 Shanghai – 8 finalists
The Nine – 7 finalists

Cheil Worldwide – 32 finalists
Innocean Worldwide – 14 finalists
DminusOne and HS AD – 13 finalists
SK Telecom – 8 finalists
Daehong Communications & IDEOT – 6 finalists

Completing the top 10 countries with the highest number of finalists are:
Philippines – 96 finalists
United Arab Emirates – 87 finalists
Brazil – 61 finalists
Indonesia – 59 finalists
Singapore – 58 finalists

Regarding the top 5 categories, there are 205 finalists in Film; 173 finalists in Design; 124 finalists in Print; 98 finalists in Brand Experience & Activation; and 88 Interactive finalists. There are also 55 finalists in the Pivot category for work created in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ad Stars offers a category for Non-Professionals to encourage students and non-professionals with a passion for commercial creativity to further their careers. From 2,920 entries, there are 151 finalists.

All shortlisted entries will now proceed to the Final Judging stage. Winners will be announced online on 27 August.


Ogilvy Australia leads the Australian agency pack at shortlist stage of the 2021 Ad Stars Awards