LIA's 'Regional of the Year' Awards to honor best in each region good news for top OZ/NZ agencies

LIA Logo.jpgLIA's recent decision to introduce 'Regional of the Year' awards in addition to its global 'Of the Year' awards, will be a great incentive to the top creative agencies in Australia and New Zealand as there are only two countries in the race for the Oceana title. These winners will receive a LIA Statue. 

Like the global 'Of the Year' awards, this is based on a point system and will be awarded to companies that score high enough. The regions recognised will be: Oceana (Australia, New Zealand), Asia, Europe, Middle East/Africa, North America, and South America.

Over the past few years, LIA has had many requests to add regional award competitions. After much discussion, LIA decided it would not be prudent to add new competitions that compete with already established local and regional shows. Hence it was decided to break out the global winners and honor them by region.  In speaking with industry professionals around the world, it was determined that winning a 'Regional of the Year' award from a global festival would be a higher honor than winning a local/regional show.
Says Icaro Doria, CCO of DDB New York: "This is an amazing initiative from LIA to truly honor talent. No company should be punished for not being global and LIA found a very fair way to put a spotlight on the ones that are doing the best work in the industry."

Says Guido Heffels from Heimat Berlin: "When I first heard about the announcement of regional LIA accolades, I immediately thought of this famous and immortal tagline for Fox Sports Regional and dared to revise it: 'An award for the only region you care about. Yours.' Let's face it. It's so damn true, especially when you are an independent regional agency that has better things to do than to compete against global networks. In a globalized world of too many award shows, this newly introduced regional award puts the spotlight on the right agencies and people. Those of the upcoming future."

Says Barbara Levy, president, LIA: "Companies enter awards to promote themselves to brands, the more awards you win, the more clients you attract. Winning a coveted "Of the Year" winged statue in your own region will give you the recognition you deserve in the eyes of not just your peers, but also current and potential clients."

The following is feedback LIA has received from some of the most respected and awarded people in the industry:

Matt-Eastwood.jpgMatt Eastwood (left), J. Walter Thompson:
Providing an opportunity for regional agencies and production companies to be recognized for their creative excellence is a wonderful addition to the already prestigious LIA Awards. It allows the best of local to sit side by side with the best of global. Bravo.

Doerte Spengler-Ahrens, Jung von Matt Germany:
The new LIA 'Regional of the Year' award is a great opportunity to evaluate the
creative power of the European countries among themselves. It is a fantastic idea,
to make this comprehensible for the industry sectors - but still in the context to LIA in general. It will create a new benchmark in the European communication market.

Gerry Human, Ogilvy & Mather, London:
It's hugely valuable to understand where the best work is coming from, especially if it's happening on your doorstep. LIA doesn't only recognize agencies, but all the people behind the work too. Inspiration, plus a brilliant way of tapping-in to the region's finest talent. Big thumbs up.

Mescallwith Statue (1).jpgJohn Mescall (right), McCann Worldwide:
This is a great initiative from LIA. So much culturally unique work is created every year around the world, and it's really pleasing that different regions will be now recognized by the show. Can't wait to see who ends up on top.

Adrian Bosich, AIRBAG, Melbourne:
This is a fantastic, forward-thinking idea. LIA has combined the greatness and scale of a global award show with the ability to recognise outstanding work at a more local level. This, added to the fact that LIA already recognises production companies for every category (not just Film), makes LIA one of the most progressive advertising award shows out there.

Laura_Gregory.jpgLaura Gregory (left), Great Guns, London:
I am excited that LIA has again added more value to recognizing companies, agencies, production houses and more with the inclusion of creative excellence awards for individual regions.  This new initiative will create opportunity and expose even more great work from around the world elevating our creative standards.  An award from LIA is more than a trophy; it is true recognition of creative and creativity performing on a global stage.

Tom Eymundson, Pirate Toronto:
Think it's impossible to win Best In Class when you're up against the Global Network Behemoths. Think again.  In an international award show first, LIA recognizes Best In Class by market!  A calling card that's sure to be a game changer for many.

Robert Galluzzo.jpgRobert Galluzzo (right), Finch, Sydney:
Winning LIA Regional Production Company of the Year will instantly put a company on the world map.

The regional awards will mirror the same company types as our global awards.  LIA will potentially award statues for the following 'Regional of the Year' Awards inclusive of but not limited to: Network of the Year, Agency, Production Company, Post-Production Company, Design Company, Independent Agency, Radio & Audio and Health Company of the Year.   

'Of the Year' Awards are calculated based on what is populated in the company credit fields. The city must be included when relevant.  LIA uses all company credit fields when calculating points regardless of entering company, media or category.  Like the global 'Of the Year', awards are discretionary based on the number of points attained; there is no guarantee that we will award all 'Of the Year' types in all regions.

Ralph-van-Dijk.jpgPerhaps, Ralph van Dijk (left) of Eardrum, Sydney, can best sum up this latest initiative for the industry in this quote "To win bragging rights as best in class within your own market will be a very useful marketing tool. Another excellent innovation from LIA."

The Entry System is open for entries. The entry deadline is the end of July.

To view all of LIA's categories and requirements: visit LIA categories here.

Work submitted must be broadcast, published or released in a commercial environment with client approval between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2017.

All companies and/or individuals involved in the creative process are eligible to enter.

For more information on submissions and eligibility: visit LIA Entry Kit here.

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