UltraSuperNew Tokyo’s Creative Director Yousuke Ozawa (pictured) is to sit on the The Shark Awards Kinsale jury for their 2021 advertising and design awards season, representing Asia.
Taking the reins as Jury president is Anomaly London’s Group Creative Director L.A Ronayne. During her two-year tenure, she will ensure a high standard is maintained throughout the judging process, as well as overseeing any category modifications to adapt with the fast-moving changes of the industry.
New categories have been added to award casting, stock footage editing, fashion, Christmas and sporting campaigns.
The jury so far includes some of the best creative talent in the advertising community from Anomaly, BETC, Boys & Girls, Engine, Lucky Generals, Onecore, UltraSuperNew, Uncommon, VCCP as well as best in class masters of craft from Biscuit, Black Kite Studios, Darling Films, Electric Theatre Collective, Partizan, Stitch and 1stAveMachine.
The current list of jurors can be viewed here.
Whilst there will be no official festival with talks and presentations this year, there are plans – restrictions allowing – to travel to Kinsale for in person judging and a touch of IRL interaction, something that has been sorely missed by our creative community over the past year, and is now much needed.
Shark Awards Kinsale Chairman, Peter Brady, said: “The world has seen many challenges over the past year, but what remains – and is constant – is that creativity will never be beaten. It’s more important than ever to galvanise the creative community and bring everyone together. We’re very happy to welcome our brilliant jury president LA Ronayne who will bring an abundance of energy and fresh thinking to the Sharks.”
Jury President, LA Ronayne, said: “There isn’t anything else like The Shark Awards, as an award or an experience. To take up the reins as jury president is a wild honour. In the run up to the 60th anniversary of course, but also at such a pivotal time for creativity — as the world opens up and we decide what the next chapter of our industry will be. I cannot wait to see the work and the outcome as our incredible, international judges and this magical, Irish place come together.”