Opportunities for agencies to have their work evaluated by an expert community that’s nonetheless objective and independent are rare indeed. As the only global creative competition judged by journalists who write about the industry, including CB in Australia and NZ, the Epica Awards offers that chance.
This crucial difference is highlighted by NEW! Creative Agency, Lithuania, for the 2023 call for entries campaign. Using bubble wrap as a visual metaphor, the images encourage agencies to “Get judged outside your bubble”.
Creative director Mindaugas Juozapavičius says the idea “bubbled up’ naturally: “The brief was clear and there’s a very strong USP.”
Juozapavičius has headed the creative department since January 2022, but the agency itself was founded 11 years ago. It has a staff of 26.
Says Juozapavičius: “Even though we’ve tried several approaches to the agency model throughout the years, currently the best term to describe us as an agency would be ‘the all-rounders’.”
He adds that the agency strives for effectiveness as well as craft: “We take quite a bit of pride in the fact that since the very beginning of our agency, not a single year has passed without us getting awarded at Lithuanian marketing effectiveness awards.”
In terms of an award show judged by the press, the agency is “100% positive, if the press we are talking about is the expert press. And that’s definitely the case with the Epica Awards jury. The more impartiality the better, it helps to celebrate the real gems.”
This year’s competition highlights include a new Media Grand Prix – now officially established after a soft launch last year – and a new AI Craft category. As well as acknowledging this emerging field, AI Craft will allow traditional entries to shine in the Print Craft, Illustration and Photography categories.
Talking of AI, this year the awards feature an industry first: an experimental AI awards juror which will give its opinion on the entries. These will not impact the main jury, however.
An online ceremony will take place on December 7: more details at a later date.
Here are the competition’s key dates:
Entry period: September 1st to October 6th
Voting period: October 28th to November 20th
Shortlist: November 22nd
Ceremony: December 7th
More details of the entry procedure can be found here: https://www.epica-awards.com/enter#call-for-entries