30 Under 30

Celebrating and recognising our industry’s next generation –

Presented by principal sponsor NewsMediaWorks, 30 Under 30 Awards are widely regarded as the leading showcase for the brightest young talent working across marketing communications.
ENTRIES CLOSE: Friday 23rd February 2018
AWARDS: Thursday 12th April 2018, 6.30pm
SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney
Format: Cocktail party
Dress code: Cocktail

Three outstanding individuals will be recognized for their achievements in each of the 10 categories, as well as a Grand Prix Award for the most influential individual overall. All entrants will also be a part of the People’s Choice poll, to be opened after entries are closed.

This year, the Awards will be held on Thursday 12th April at the SMC Conference & Function Centre in Sydney.

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Some may already be in positions of leadership, while others may be starting out, but these awards champion those people that go above and beyond the call of duty in the daily working lives, and demonstrate excellence and a vital contribution to their current employer and their determination and desire to progress their careers.

1. Creative
2. Entrepreneur
3. Journalist/Producer
4. Marketing
5. Media Planner/Buyer
6. PR
7. Project Manager
8. Sales/Account Manager
9. Strategy
10. Tech

Key Dates

Entries close
Friday 23rd February 2018
on-time entry fee $149

Late entries close
Friday 2nd March 2018
late entry fee $199

People’s choice poll launching
Wednesday 7th March 2018

Shortlist announced
Thursday 22nd March 2018

Early bird tickets close
Friday 30th March 2018

People’s choice poll closing
Monday 19th March 2018

Award night
Thursday 12th April 2018 – SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney

Thanks to our sponsors and partners

2017 Winners


  • Chloe Saintilan, TBWA Sydney
  • Jackson Harper, Clemenger BBDO
  • Kiah Nicholas, Host



  • Alex Zaccaria, Bolster
  • Genevieve Clay-Smith, Taste Creative and Bus Stop Films
  • Jay Wright, Search Insights



  • Jamie-Leigh Mason, News Corp Australia
  • Rosie Squires, Australian Radio Network
  • Shari Nementzik, Bauer Media



  • Amy Zancanaro, Westpac Group
  • Duncan McGrath, Google
  • Emily Tutt, Australian Hearing


Media Planner/Buyer

  • Ashleigh Hall, Atomic 212°
  • Katie McElroy, Zenith Media
  • Tobias Young, UM


People’s Choice

James Law, Google


  • Priscilla Truong, Ogilvy PR Melbourne
  • Shane Treeves, Google Australia/ Google Asia-Pacific
  • Soraya Calavassy, Neon Black


Project Manager

  • Jessica Westgate, Nova 96.9
  • Maddy Cunich, MediaCom
  • Olivia Warren, Initiative


Sales/Account Manager

  • Jason Echo, Nine Entertainment Co.
  • Stephanie Sier, News Corp
  • Tahlia Phillips, CONCRETE PLAYGROUND



  • Andrew Hardeman, Carat
  • Bryan Wilmot, Leo Burnett
  • Krish Raja, Nine



  • Alexander Concannon, Maxus
  • Nicola Helper, Hyland Media/ Programmatic Media
  • Sebastian Collins, Xaxis


Grand Prix:

Shane Treeves, Google Australia/ Google Asia-Pacific

Categories descriptions

1. Creative

For those who transcend traditional ideas, rules and relationships to achieve imaginative, progressive and original. Example roles

2. Entrepreneur 

Championing the corporate escapees who have taken the plunge and followed their passions, taking on the role of CEO, CFO, sales manager, strategist, accountant and everything in between. Example roles

3. Journalist/Producer

More than just news breakers, they are story tellers, connecting with audiences across all platforms and devices. Example roles

4. Marketing

Multi-channel; above, below and through the line – these brand champions are connecting with customers on all levels. Example roles

5. Media Planner/Buyer

No longer just planners and buyers, these young guns are putting the message back into the medium. Example roles

6. PR

Brand ambassadors and their reputation promoters, redefining what it means to manage a message. Example roles

7. Project Manager

The planners and coordinators who create a consistent pulse to guide every project towards on-time and on-budget delivery. Example roles

8. Sales/Account Manager

More than just bringing in revenue, these individuals are client relationship management experts, product champions and the frontline for any business. Example roles

9. Strategy

For the thinkers, goal setters and solution creators who put forward plans to move their organisation onto a better path. Example roles

10. Tech

The coders and number crunchers who weaves all the tech under the hood. Example roles

Entry Criteria

  • Outline your career path and any key achievements to date (300 words).
  • What makes you a future leader in your chosen field (300 words)?
  • What represents success to you (300 words)?
  • What do you think needs to be improved in your industry and why (300 words)?
  • Describe your attributes in no more than five words.
  • Please include a written reference from either your current employer, a client or service provider (you can supply more than one reference, but total word count for this section is 300 words).


  1. The on-time deadline for entries is Friday 23rd February 2018 (5pm AEST). Late entries are accepted until Friday 2nd March 2018 (5pm AEST).
  1. The cost of each on-time entry is $149 (ex GST). Late entries are $199 (ex GST) each.
  1. To be eligible to enter you must be under the age of 30 years as of midnight on 12th April 2018.
  1. You are eligible to enter if you have already appeared in a previous B&T 30 Under 30 list, as long as you meet age criteria above.
  1. Entrants need to provide a scanned copy of a photo ID; as well as a high res photo of themselves in order to submit entry. All information supplied, excluding that of your ID, may be published in B&T.
  1. Entries for pairs or teams are not accepted. Each individual must create a separate entry.
  1. Both third party nominations and self-nominations are accepted.
  1. Where you feel your current occupation spans across more than one of the 10 categories, select the category you believe best fits the industry you work in.
  1. There will be three winners named in each of the 10 categories, as well as a Grand Prix Award for the most influential overall. A People’s Choice round will be conducted separately to include all entrants.
  1. B&T reserves the right to move entries into other categories.
  1. All sections of the entry must be completed in order to be judged. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.
  1. Finalists announced 22nd March. Early Bird tickets to the awards are available until 30th March. Awards are held on Thursday 12th April at the SMC Conference & Function Centre, Sydney.


Cat Hay
General Manager – Commercial
0416 657 045

Erin Macdonald
Business Development Executive
0432 993 388

Sarah Greenan
Business Development Executive
0412 533 279

Event details / enquiries

Vivian Luo
Events Director
0421 944 003

Riin Rodenberg
Events Manager
0415 576 111

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