THE INDIE AWARDS
THE INDIE AWARDS are the only large scale international awards exclusively for independent agencies and judged by independent agencies. This is the chance to benchmark your work against the best in the independent sector.

From their creation, THE INDIE AWARDS have aimed to raise the profile of the independent agency sector by recognising talent and rewarding achievement. Prizes are presented for excellence, not agency size. No bias, no politics, no “Agency of the Year”: just the best work.

If you’d like to learn more, please contact

james@theindiewards.global

SIMPLE AND AFFORDABLE

Enter your work online, in one of five categories:

Creative – audiovisual
Creative – print and design
Media planning and/or buying
PR / earned media: corporate reputation management
PR / social: consumer influence

Upload a short video and/or a written case history

Pay the fee of US$ 200 per entry

Check the full rules and guidelines here

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

Choose your agencies’ best work. It should be original, distinctive, insightful, impactful, well crafted and effective.

If you submit a video: be sure it tells your story in a clear but engaging way. The prize is for the work, not the video.. but judges are only human!

If you submit a written case history: set out clearly, what your work was intended to achieve; how you approached the challenge; and what were the results, as far as you can tell. Remember the judges have a lot to read!

If you submit supporting material, be sure it is relevant and really helps your case. One good video is worth more than a lot of “interesting” detail.

TIMELINE
Entries Open

Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Entries Close

Monday 26th March 2018

Judging starts

Tuesday 27th March 2018

Shortlist Announced

Monday 23rd April 2018

Award ceremony

Thursday 17th May 2018 from 19.00 at The
Wallace Collection, Herford House,
Manchester Square, London

Entries are open now. The deadline is Monday 26th March, 23.59 UK time.

By special dispensation, entries may be accepted up to one week later, subject to additional admin cost. But please, help us and help yourselves, don’t miss the deadline!

WHAT YOU WIN
TROPHIES

THE INDIE AWARDS celebrate the spirit of independence and
what better way to do that than by awarding a trophy that is not
only beautiful but also, a means to creativity in its own right.
Handcrafted using traditional methods in the Highlands of
Scotland, THE INDIE AWARDS whistles are a truly unique prize that will be a talking point in any agency’s trophy collection!

– Each shortlisted entry will received a signed certificate
– The best in each category will win a “whistle” trophy
– The “best in show” will also win a “D” whistle – the most iconic of all Scottish whistles

NEW FOR 2018: LOCAL HERO AWARD

Each year, we will present one special award for the best achievement with a social purpose.

This year, our ‘cause’ is gender diversity. We ask entrants to write a case history of up to 950 words describing a program
or an initiative which you have designed and implemented in your own agency, OR for a client, to improve gender balance within your agency or client.

This award will be free to enter.

Click here for full information and to enter this special category.

JUDGING

The INDIE AWARDS are judged by respected leaders and practitioners from leading independent agencies from around the world. The organisers have set the rules, but will not influence the judges’ decisions in any way.

The first round of judging is online. There will be five judges per category and each entry is evaluated by at least three of them (clearly, a judge cannot evaluate his own agencies’ work). Based on the average of the judges’ scores, five entries per category will be shortlisted.

The judges will then convene to choose a winner in each category; and finally, a “best in show.”

The Special Award will be judged separately but will follow the same process.

THE 2017 INDIE AWARDS JUDGES

BEST PR / EARNED MEDIA CAMPAIGN

neha
NEHA MEHROTRA
Regional Head - North

Avian Media, India

richard
RICHARD DUTTON
CMO & Partner

Engine Group, UK

blanca
BLANCA BULNES
General Manager

Comsulting, Chile

marcus
MARCUS SOROUR
General Manager & VP

WE Communications, UK

penny
PENNY BURGESS
Managing Director China

WE Red Bridge, China

BEST CREATIVITY

jack
JACK GALLON
Creative Director

MBA, UK

rolf
ROLF LEGER
Executive Creative Director

Kolle Rebbe, Germany

bob
BOB RANEW
Creative Director

Baldwin&, USA

lucas
LUCAS VAN VUUREN
Executive Creative Director

The Jupiter Drawing Room
(Cape Town), South Africa

vanessa
VANESSA PEARSON
Executive Creative Director

House of Brave,
South Africa

BEST MEDIA CAMPAIGN

gary
GARY TANG
Executive Director

The Media Shop, Singapore

martin
MARTIN ALBRECHT
Managing Partner, Co-Founder

Crossmedia, USA / Germany

bartek
BARTEK KRZEWSKI
Media Buying Director

Value Media, Poland

celia
CELIA CAÑO
General Director

Equmedia, Spain

marion
MARION DOLBEAU
Managing Director

Mediaplus France, France

THE CELEBRATION

The INDIE AWARDS are unique – and so is the venue where we will announce the winners and celebrate together. Last year, we were in the iconic North Hall of London’s Natural History Museum – the ‘cathedral of nature’. This year, we will be at the magnificent Hertford House in Mayfair, home of the Wallace Collection, one of the world’s finest private art collections.

Once again, we’ll have a wonderful dinner with first class music and other entertainment.

Places are limited so please book now with this link: https://theindieawards2018.eventbrite.co.uk

Or go “all in” and book for the Indie Summit conference too! Click here

*By Kind Permission of the Trustees of ©The Wallace Collection
Images copyright CharlotteFieldingPhotography

SPONSORS

We offer a number of sponsorship packages at THE INDIE AWARDS and Celebration Dinner to companies providing products and service of special relevance to independent agencies.

Packages range from being the main event sponsor to having your own branded table at which to entertain clients or employees.

For further details please email Paul Squirrell:

paul.squirrell@thenetworkone.com or call +44 (0)207 240 7117. Alternatively, click here to download our 2018 sponsorship guide.

We are very grateful to all our 2017 sponsors for their support.

Drinks reception sponsor and Dinner Sponsors.

Our 2018 sponsor will be announced shortly.

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TELL ME MORE
If you’d like to know more about THE INDIE AWARDS and
Celebration Dinner, please complete the following form or
simply email james@theindieawards.global
or, call +44 (0)20 7240 7117