D&AD’s call for entry, open for 53rd annual Professional Awards

Creativity, Festivals & Awards

The entries for the 53rd D&AD Professional Awards are now open and come up with a novelty: a number of new sub-category additions in response to the evolving creative landscape.

New media continues to play a large role in shaping creativity and with such a diverse array of outstanding campaigns continuing to emerge in this space so D&AD has created a new jury and category for Branded Film Content & Entertainment. TV, film, online and documentaries will be recognised at next year’s awards, in addition to a sub-category for Tactical Branded Film Content & Entertainment.

Meanwhile, the White Pencil – Creativity for Good award has proved a resounding success at the D&AD Professional Awards. Since its launch in partnership with Unilever in 2012, the White Pencil has grown from a single brief to an entire movement, whilst producing two Black Pencil winning campaigns in 2014.

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With its popularity increasing with each year, the category has expanded from two to five sub-categories. With the ambition to encourage more entries from big businesses, the jury now distinguishes between work for NGOs and brands across both advertising & marketing communications and design. Service Innovation is also a new addition, introduced to recognise service products that seek to build brands and businesses by doing good.

Innovation was richly represented in 2014, with the three new categories introduced across digital and integrated juries producing two Black Pencils in ‘NS/ProRail’ and ‘The Most Powerful Arm’. To further celebrate those pushing the boundaries of technology, innovation sub-categories have been added to Packaging Design, Product Design and Radio Advertising. Innovation in media is also recognised through the revamped Integrated & Innovative Media jury.

Elsewhere, the TV & Cinema Advertising category is renamed to Film Advertising and features a new Tactical sub-category for film advertising that features a real-time, rapid reaction to breaking news. There is also a new sub-category Casting for Film Advertising introduced within Film Advertising Crafts.

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Lastly, following its successful re-addition at the 2014 Awards, there are two new sub-categories introduced within Music Videos. Direction and Production Design for Music Videos take the number of sub-categories available for entrants to seven.

Full information on categories, pricing and dates can be found on competition’s website. The first jury announcements will be made in September.

There were two standout themes at last year’s awards: innovation and creativity for good. Across the board we saw some exceptional demonstrations of the power of creativity to push boundaries through ideas that fundamentally change peoples’ behaviours for the better.

In 2014, we saw White Pencil winners also awarded the ultimate accolade of a Black Pencil for the first time, but we don’t want to stop there. We want to see even more inspirational and innovative ideas that raise the bar even higher. In fact, one challenge I’d like to set is to see White Pencil winning work from brands, as well as NGOs and charities. Show us just how influential creativity can be by proving how you can do well by doing good, too

Tim Lindsay,


D&AD only awards work of the highest standard, meaning that the quantity of top Awards given fluctuates year on year. The scrutiny and rigour imposed by the internationally acclaimed judges is legendary, and ensures that only the very best work receives the coveted Yellow, White and Black Pencils.

All awarded work appears in the D&AD Annual, released annually in September and is available to purchase exclusively through D&AD.

Work entered into the 2015 D&AD Awards must have been commercially released between 1 January 2014 and 28 February 2015 and been produced in genuine response to a client brief. It must not have been entered in previous years. Submissions should be made in their original language by 18 February 2014. The Awards cost from just £85 to enter this year. All entries received by 29 October 2014 will save 10% on the cost of entry. Freelancers and sole traders that are members of D&AD are eligible to receive a 20% discount.

Since 1962, D&AD has been inspiring a community of creative thinkers by celebrating and stimulating the finest in design and advertising. A D&AD Award is recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade, entered and attended by the best creative decision makers from around the world. Set to reward, promote and enable creative brilliance in all areas of creative communication, a Yellow – or Black – Pencil remains the pinnacle in many careers.