The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) has announced this year’s AWARD School state finalists who will go into the running to win the coveted AWARD School national top student of the year award.
Sophie Hackett from NSW, Thomas Ahearn from Victoria, Brendan Morrow from WA, Catherine Lucas from Queensland and Dallas Rodgers from SA took out the top gong in their respective states alongside Kirsty Reynolds from AWARD School’s online program, with each recognised for their incredible body of creative work developed throughout the year.
They all received a coveted AWARD School Gold Pencil for their outstanding efforts as part of graduation events held across the country over the last week to recognise the industry’s brightest emerging talent.
This year’s state winners were drawn from a national intake of 193 students, which included a student on an Indigenous scholarship. The hugely successful online program also saw participants take part from regional Australia and New Zealand.
In going into the running to be named AWARD School’s national winning student, all the finalists will have their works reviewed by an international super jury, with the winner announced on August 18 at The AWARD Pencil Bar – an industry cocktail event being held as part of This Way Up, AWARD’s signature creative festival in Sydney.
State finalists: AWARD School 2022
|NSW||Sophie Hackett||Katie Moore & Nicholas Sellars, 303 MullenLowe Sydney, Jari Kennedy & Anthony Campagna, Ogilvy Sydney|
|VIC||Thomas Ahearn||Patrick Trethowan & Lee Phillips, Ogilvy Melbourne, Shaun McFarlane & Janice Ko, Special Group Melbourne|
|WA||Brendan Morrow||Simon Mullins & Robert Mead, Rare, Bryan Dennis, &Partners, Matt Nankivell, Moonsail|
|QLD||Catherine Lucas||Wayne Smith & Carissa Jackson, Ogilvy Brisbane, Salvatore Borzillo, CHEP Network & Tim Kelly, Khemistry|
|SA||Dallas Rodgers||Dave Lawson, Design People, Corey Swaffer, KWP!, Rory Kennett-Lister & Abby Moulton, Showpony, James Rickard, JAMES, Mark Atherton & Patrick O’Reilly, TBWA, Matt Minear, BAD Advertising, Sam John, Codefish, David Ormston, Simple Integrated Marketing, Nick Brz & Alice McKenzie, NATION Creative, Adam Carpenter, Prohibition Gin|
|Online program||Kirsty Reynolds||George Organ & Russell Nelson, CX Lavender, Emily Field, Kiah Nicholas & Bob Broadfoot, BMF|
AWARD chair and M&C Saatchi Australia chief creative officer Cam Blackley congratulated the state winners and praised all the 2022 graduates for their hard work and commitment throughout what is renowned to be a tough 12-week program.
“AWARD School is three months of blood, sweat and tears in pushing your creativity to the limit, therefore to consistently deliver solid ideas and an outstanding portfolio of work that brings them to life is testament to each student’s creative ability and the bright future that lies ahead of them,” he said.
“We congratulate each and every finalist and wish them the best in their careers.”
National and NSW AWARD School co-heads Matt Chandler and Katrina Alvarez-Jarratt said: “Each year AWARD School proves itself to be an amazing feeder of fresh creative talent into the industry, and we couldn’t be prouder of the commitment this year’s state winners have shown in living up to, if not going beyond, the extremely high standards set by past students.
“We couldn’t be prouder of their achievements, which have been helped along by an incredible team of AWARD School heads, tutors and mentors, speakers and judges who all work so hard behind-the-scenes to foster the next generation of creative talent.
“We thank this huge team for their dedication and time, and congratulate this year’s students, in helping to make AWARD School 2022 a success.”
AWARD School 2022: top students per state
NEW SOUTH WALES
1. Sophie Hackett – Gold Pencil
2. Dean Shein
3. Jaime Laird
Top 10 (in alphabetical order)
Laura Clare Murphy
1. Thomas Ahearn– Gold Pencil
2. Tiger Hongmung
3. Liz Simpson
Top 10 (in alphabetical order)
1. Catherine Lucas – Gold Pencil
2. Bronnie Clements
3. Jennifer Hall
1. Brendan Morrow – Gold Pencil
2. Andrew Fonceca
3. Mike Dann
1. Dallas Rodgers – Gold Pencil
2. Francesca Germanis
1. Kirsty Reynolds – Gold Pencil
2. Thomas Charles Birts
3. Matt Ryan
Top Tutor Agencies – Gold Sharpeners
NEW SOUTH WALES
Jari Kennedy, Ogilvy Sydney
Anthony Campagna, Ogilvy Sydney
Will Halstead, Howatson+Company Sydney
Tom Macphail, Howatson+Company Sydney
Patrick Trethowan, Ogilvy Melbourne
Lee Phillips, Ogilvy Melbourne
Shaun McFarlane, Special Group Melbourne
Janice Ko, Special Group Melbourne