The Nods are delighted to announce their return for 2020. The creative awards, which celebrate Scotland’s finest work, organisations and people are, back for a third year running and are now open for entries.
The Nods are a not for profit awards created by Lux Events and CRAK Marketing with the sole purpose of promoting and recognising original and creative work from and within Scotland. Over the past 3 years, the awards have earned support from a diverse range of creative agencies in Scotland and key figures including MT Rainey OBE.
The Nods are renowned for their international judging panel, which this year will be known as the Jura Jury. The Jura Jury is comprised of esteemed creatives from all over the world recognising the global appeal of work created in Scotland. Many of the Jura Jury have experience in judging some of the most highly respected creative awards from across the world including; Cannes Lions (France), El Sol (Spain), iF Design (Germany) and Fiap (Buenos Aires) to name a few. The Jura Jury has been selected to ensure complete independence and integrity of the creative judging process.
The Jura Jury
- Julian Boulding, President of thenetworkone, London
- Cinthia Delgado Ramos, Playwright and Creative Director at Fidel, Spain
- Gonzalo Figari, Chief Disruptor Officer at Dentsu Aegis, Spain
- Olaf Fuldner, Owner of Essen, Germany
- Katerina Houpi, Executive Creative Director at Magnet Advertising, Greece
- Danielle Huthart, Art Director and Brand Consultant at Whitespace HK, New York
- Ronald Kapaz, Head Designer, Co-founder and Strategy VP at Oz Design, Brazil
- Diego Lev, Creative Director at Notable, Uruguay
- Lisl Macdonald, Owner of Spring, Thailand
- Dave O’Hare, Creative Director and Writer, San Francisco USA
- Lorenzo Shakespear, Owner of Shakespear Design, Argentina
- Hélio Soares, CEO and Founder of Up Partner & Do More, Portugal
- Pipe Stein, Director at Notable, Uruguay
The 19 categories recognise everything from The Work including awards for best audio, best brand experience and best social good campaign, to The Organisations which recognise both agencies and clients doing brilliant work. There are also awards which recognise Scotland’s most creative people including Best Young Creative, Best Creative and Best Client.
Last year The Nods introduced the Craft category to recognise photographers, illustrators, animators, musicians and film makers. This year they have changed Best Radio to Best Audio to include podcasts, and Best Print Design to Best Design to include brand or product design.
The Nods are now calling on entries from organisations and people across Scotland, with entries closing on the 13th December. Entries and nominations to The Organisations and The People categories are free.
Last year’s winners included The Union for their work with the V&A Dundee, Studio Something for their Feels FM campaign for See Me and Frame for their Give a child their smile back TV campaign for Children 1st. Glasgow based creative agency Wire scooped the award for Creative Agency of the Year, with Innis & Gunn taking home the award for Creative Client.
The National Trust for Scotland’s Laura Cheyne was recognised in the People category picking up the award for Best Client with the award for Best Creative Entrepreneur going to Studio Something’s Ian Greenhill.
The Big Student award is designed to recognise and will be launching in January 2020 with the help of our 2019 winners Shauna Emig and Charlotte Alford from Edinburgh Napier University.
Mark Gorman, Chair of The Nods, said:
“It’s a great honour for me to be chairing the third The Nods awards and we are so grateful to Jura for enabling us to run the awards for another year. The Jura Jury is quite unique and a very special gathering, as it provides a truly global insight and opinion into the best work from Scotland. It takes any sense of parochialism, or familiarity, out of the mix and quite simply the best ideas, coupled with the best crafting, win. Personally, I am also really happy that our student winners from last year have agreed to work on this year’s creative launch. There’s much to celebrate and here’s to a phenomenal 2020 showing.”
Kirsteen Beeston, Head of International Malts, Whyte & Mackay, said:
“We’re delighted to be supporting Scotland’s creative industries, as main sponsor of The Nods for the third consecutive year. The Nods are a not for profit awards that celebrate the inspirational creative people, work and companies that Scotland has to offer. The Isle of Jura has been a source of true creativity for many artists, writers and musicians through the decades, and the Jura distillery is at the very heart of the tiny island community. The Nods is renowned for securing international judges from some of the biggest agencies in the world, and this year the judging panel will be known as the ‘Jura Jury’ – to reaffirm the international appeal of the quality creative work being produced in Scotland.”
The official charity partner of The Nods is NABS – an organisation which seeks to improve the wellbeing of everyone in the advertising and media industry.