D&AD enters India with Kyoorius Ad Awards

29 Jan,2014


By A Correspondent


Ridden by charges of plagiarism, scam ads and boycotts, the Creative Abby conducted by the Advertising Club now has another force to contend with: the D&AD-backed Kyoorius Advertising Awards.


The awards gain respectability even as they are announced as they are backed by none other than D&AD. Kyoorius, a not-for-profit initiative by Transasia Fine Papers, has been organizing the Designyatra, a design conclave since 2006. Last year, it revived the design awards with a D&AD-supervised jury process (*See Disclosure).


The alliance between Kyoorius and D&AD continues with the Advertising Awards that are scheduled to be held in late May 2014. The Call for Entry will start on March 20.


“Ethically and with the highest standards – the Kyoorius Advertising Awards recognise, honour and award the most outstanding creative work in the Indian visual communications sphere,” notes a communiqué, adding: “The foremost creative awards for advertising and marketing communication in India have been conceptualized by Kyoorius in Association with D&AD. “Together Kyoorius and D&AD have created a truly principled and neutral platform by setting the highest standard in judging criteria. The Kyoorius Advertising Awards will be unlike any other advertising awards in India – and will have no winning tier structure of golds or silvers – only the best is awarded. The jury too will be a mix of Indian and international icons that have been selected by D&AD and Kyoorius together. And as the only format of its kind in India – all jury members will gather in India for the jury session – to review, discuss and elect the best of the best over three intensive days. All voting is private, never by a show of hands.”


Rajesh Kejriwal

Said Rajesh Kejriwal, Founder-CEO, Kyoorius: “The Blue Elephant aims to be the most aspired trophy to be won nationally and will enhance the winners credentials globally and the Black Elephant will be the epitome of achievement for any creative person. Kyoorius’ mission, vision and most critically – our passion has been to provide a platform for the communicators. Everything we do is fuelled by this passion.”


Tim Lindsay, CEO of D&AD added, “D&AD are proud to be partnering with Kyooriuis in India. We share a lot of aims and values – the main one being to stimulate, enable and award creative excellence in advertising and design and to inspire and support the creative community particular in the area of creative education. D&AD is famous for the integrity and quality of its judging process and its jurors – qualities we will bring the same to the Kyoorius Advertising Awards as we advise and collaborate on categories, jury composition, judging and event management. Both organisations are neutral, and the awards will be decided entirely on merit against the three D&AD criteria; is it a great idea? Is it beautifully executed? Is it relevant to its context?”


Tim Lindsay

Meanwhile, although a meeting was held with various stakeholders last fortnight, no date has been announced for either the Goafest or the Abby awards at the time of writing this report. There are unconfirmed rumours that some leading creative agencies may stay away if some conditions are not addressed.


*Disclosure: MxMIndia is a Media Partner of Kyoorius





We will go the critic route rather than the popular route: Kejriwal


By Ravi Balakrishnan


R Balakrishnan

For D&AD, it’s a chance to raise its profile in India. In an interview in December 2012, Tim Lindsay, its CEO was aware that the award had lost traction particularly with the younger lot. Indian entries have been on a decline. And so, this is the first time the D&AD is backing an award in a different country. Given Lindsay’s agenda for revival, it’s not likely to be the last. What nobody intends changing though is the notoriously tough - some would say almost frustrating - standards that the work is measured against. The D&AD is globally reckoned to be among the stingiest award bodies. It’s gunning for a similar exclusivity in India. “We will go the critic route rather than the popular route,” Mr Kejriwal admits. “I’d rather not have an award in a category than reward something that’s not up to scratch.” The awards will be run by the D&AD using its judging formats and backend. For the first time, Indian work will face an 18-member jury with a 60:40 split in favour of international judges. While subject to tweaking, the main categories include print/print craft, outdoor, film/film craft, radio, direct marketing and activation, integrated and art direction.


More importantly for an industry where scam has become the filthiest four letter word in some circles, it will include D&AD’s stringent policies to whet entries. As well as additional ruses to throw off persistent scammers. Kyoorius is toying with the idea of showcasing the shortlisted work in galleries across Mumbai, Delhi or Bengaluru, which could help weed out scams. It’s also considering an online gallery. Elephants are standing in for the pencils, D&AD’s much sought after trophy. The best of show gets a black elephant, the rest of the winners get blue and students stand to bag a red. Such an enterprise doesn’t come cheap. Entries are to be priced between Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000. As long as all the criteria are fulfilled with approvals in place, anyone from individuals to marketers and agencies can submit work.


Rajesh Kejriwal is certain the entries won’t touch the numbers seen by the Abby, but believes more is not necessarily good. He says, “If quality means a lesser number, so be it. I’d be happy to get around 1,500 to 2,000.” In keeping with the mission of the D&AD which is involved in industry training and coaching sessions in the UK, Mr Kejriwal says money from the awards will be ploughed back into talent development programmes, seminars and workshops.


The Kyoorius advertising awards are timed to grab an industry that’s at least for the moment, severely disillusioned with its longest running show, the Abby, as well as its festival Goafest. Mr Kejriwal believes, “There’s space for a popular award and a critic award. Every country needs a festival and if it has an award, so much the better. But what is the purpose? How do you make it relevant and content rich? How can it go beyond beaches and beer?”


Josy Paul
Sajan Raj Kurup

Most creatives we spoke to are optimistic about the Kyoorius advertising awards. Josy Paul, chairman and creative chief BBDO India says, “Whether we will participate in Abby is still up for discussion. But I would like to enter an award from D&AD. They have evolved into a show that’s looking at substantial market changing work.” Adds Sajjan Raj Kurup, founder, Creativeland Asia, “I haven’t taken an anti awards stand but an anti not-so-reputed awards stand. As long as jury members are credible, it doesn’t matter where they are from. It’s better than mandatory judges from every agency even if they are not qualified.”


Mr Balki whose disdain for awards is well known remains contrarian. Asked if he will participate, he says, “I am not enthusiastic about D&AD in London why would I be about it in India? It’s not the name or the institution. What are the judging criteria? If D&AD cracks this, it will be successful. But I’d first want to know what they’ve cracked. It could be the Tibetan advertising festival; if they figure this out first, we’d sign up.”


Source:The Economic Times

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