Tencent Shenzhen ranks third most awarded agency at Cresta Awards 2021 with 15 awards; Gold to BBDO Guerrero Philippines + Dentsu Tokyo

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Tencent Shenzhen ranks third most awarded agency at Cresta Awards 2021 with 15 awards; Gold to BBDO Guerrero Philippines + Dentsu Tokyo

Tencent Shenzhen, marked a massive breakthrough for both China and in-house creative teams, with a strong performance at this year’s Cresta Awards. The Chinese giant internet and tech company took home two Golds, five Silvers and eight Bronze awards.


Tencent’s two Golds were for ‘Micro Universe’ for the Tencent WE Summit. The campaign also picked up Silver and three Bronze awards.

Among winning work from Dentsu Tokyo, perhaps the best was a first Gold in the long-term creativity category for their work with the railway network, Tohoku Shinkansen.

‘The Dissolving Bottle’ for The Naturale Market scored a Gold in Packaging Design for BBDO Guerrero Philippines.

Serviceplan Group of Munich took the biggest overall haul of awards of any agency, with no less than five Gold, eight Silver and nine Bronze awards. Four of those Golds also went to an environmental campaign, the ’Meltdown Flags’ work for the Meter Group, which presents a powerful visualisation of data to demonstrate the global retreat of glaciers.

Nord DDB of Stockholm was the second most-awarded agencies with five Gold, five Silver and five Bronze awards, achieved by its work for VAR Electronics and McDonald’s.

USA and German agencies led the way in taking the Grand Prix, while Havas Middle East broke through as the first Cresta Grand Prix from its region.

At the top end, BBDO Germany was the only agency to be awarded two Grand Prix, and also won three Gold awards and three Silver. Its most awarded work was a campaign for WWF Germany that developed a wide-ranging global environmental campaign around a newly discovered species of prawn, which was officially named ‘eurythenes plasticus’ as the deep ocean creature was found to contain plastic particle waste.

The New York offices of 72andSunny and BBDO both picked up Grand Prix, while FCB Chicago took the top award to put the USA out front at the top level.

Havas Middle East broke through with its first Grand Prix thanks to the much talked-about ‘Liquid Billboard’ installation for Adidas.

Cresta President Alan Page commented: ‘We saw many terrific entries battling it out at the top of the judging this year. Despite this being after more than a year of the pandemic — or perhaps because of it — there’s a real range of fresh innovation and a great depth of feeling in so much of the work that has impressed the jury.’

While the 120-strong jury handed out more Grand Prix, overall there were fewer honours given. Cresta CE0 Lewis Blackwell explained: ‘We encourage our jury to go with their expert opinion. This year there seems to have been a general tendency to be confident in identifying and backing the very best work, while across the board they were consistent and firm in not giving out any soft marks. There was a real focus on finding the stand out entries.’

The Cresta Awards, now in its 38th year, draws its name from a commitment to promoting creative standards. It distinguishes its judging process by having the 120+ jury members worldwide work independently, with the scores then averaged. Awarded work must meet an absolute arithmetic standard, rather than be subject to further discussion. The organisers claim this is a fairer way to recognise the best and most innovative work, as it stops ‘groupthink’ undermining expert individual judgement.