We’re pleased to introduce our illustrious line up of National Judges, as well as the lovely Emma Hill, who will be 2018’s Chairman of Judges. Stay tuned for the local line up.



Chairman of judges

Emma Hill

Executive Creative Director - M&C Saatchi, Melbourne

25 years in advertising has taught me two things.
People like brands that make them feel something.
People like ideas that make them feel something.
And when you can work with brands who’ll work with you to create ideas that hit people straight in the heart, head and soul – life is good. For everyone.

Clemenger was where I learnt how. On big amazing brands, with the best collection of big creative brains in the country. I’m very proud of the big work I did there and the big impact it had. 8 years on, I’m a parent, and also focused on the small. The small amazing little people I helped create, and in a professional sense, the more intimate ways brands now need to speak as part of a community. Our ideas need to be insightful, personal and executed in ways that mean we’re willingly invited into people’s lives.
When I’m not doing that, I like to help create other things.
Like my awesome children’s imaginations, food bills at amazing Melbourne restaurants with my man, my MMA push kick and a back to back Tiger premiership.

Advertising judges

Sarah Vincenzini

Associate Creative Director - Marmalade, Melbourne

Sarah began her career as an Art Director at Ogilvy Melbourne, where she worked on global campaigns spanning multiple categories, on clients including Honda, Myer, McCain and RSPCA. After winning several awards, Sarah moved to JWT then TBWA, working on ANZ, Nissan, RACV and Medibank. Her role was broadened to a hybrid Creative and eventually transitioned into full time Copywriter.

Returning to work after becoming a Mum, Sarah was in immediate demand for contract work at agencies like DDB, and has been at independent agency Marmalade since 2014, where she has been working on brands for social good, such as Oxfam, Our Watch, Australian Government, Stroke Foundation and beyondblue.

Her work has won awards across multiple disciplines, including digital innovation, experiential, activation and print. Award shows Sarah has been honoured at include One Show, AWARD, Spikes, Webbys, AIMIA and MADC. She has also been an AWARD School Tutor and MADC RAW Mentor, and has sat on the jury for awards shows such as the 2017 AWARD Awards. Sarah has also written articles for industry publications Gabberish and Mumbrella.

In her spare time, Sarah runs CampaignBechdel.com, dedicated to critiquing advertising campaigns that peddle in gender-stereotypes, and advocates for gender equality in commercial creativity. Sarah also has two expensively useless degrees in Industrial Design and Art History (Hons) and two straight-up expensive young children.

Warrick Sears

Freelance Creative - Ideas and Creative, Hobart

Growing up on a large farm in a small town I traded sheep for Shakespeare and windmills for Warhol, moving to the city to study Fine Arts and English. Combining my passion for words and pictures I furthered my studies post graduation into the realm of Graphic Design.

Working in Australia and the UK, I honed my skills in the fields of print, web and publishing design before discovering a passion for, and love of, creative advertising. The next decade was spent hungrily devouring as much knowledge as I could about all aspects of writing, art direction and creative strategy.

Now living in Hobart with my partner Penny and our son, I’ve recently given up agency life to dedicate more time to them and to bring big ideas to local companies. Having worked with some of Australia’s biggest brands to effect change, get results and grow their business, I now want to do the same on a more intimate and local level.

Design judges

Judd Crush

Director and Graphic Designer - Enoki, Adelaide

With numerous awards to his name, and a AGDA and Fellow Member, Design Institute of Australia – FIDA, Judd is a versatile designer with 20 plus years experience. He has a passion for clean and minimal design that has a clear message and engages the end user. He believes that every project demands an individual approach starting with a solid understanding of the client brief. He values listening to others carefully and believes in remaining open to change direction at any moment to allow inspiration to play a part in his work. He has delivered numerous graphic design projects focusing on; identity, stationery, communications, publications, packaging, signage, websites and advertising. In addition Judd designs custom typefaces and illustrations for use in his projects.

Carolyn Watson-Paul

Content Producer - Ten Days on the Island, Burnie

Carolyn Watson-Paul started her career as a fine artists, working as lithographer and illustrator in Brisbane. She then studied communication design and worked as a freelance graphic designer in rural north-west Tasmania for 10 years.

Carolyn is the co-founder of Henry’s Ginger Beer and worked on production and marketing before stepping away from the business to take up the role as Producer of Content and Marketing with Ten Days on the Island in their new location in Burnie.

Digital judges

John Allsopp

Director - Web Directions, Australia

John Allsopp is the co-founder of the Web Directions Conference series webdirections.org. A long time author, commentator and expert in Web design and development, his 2000 essay “A Dao of Web Design” is still widely considered foundational reading for the field.

Founded in Australia in 2004, Web Directions conferences bring together the web industry’s leading experts from around the world to educate and inspire it’s attendees.

Phil Mason

Senior Editor - Winning Post Productions, Hobart

Originally from the UK Phil studied Photography, Film & TV at Salisbury College of Art. He has over 20 years’ experience in the TV industry, first working for a commercial TV network in the UK and a later post house near London before a sea change brought him to Tasmania in 2000. He joined Winning Post Productions in 2001 working on a range of projects from TV commercials, online content, to long format broadcast shows. Phil enjoys working with a wide range of clients and combining the creative and technical aspects of the work.

Print judges

Robert Black

Program Manager Printing - Holmesglen Institute, Melbourne

Robert is widely known for his many roles in training and education and as a past Director of the International Centre of Graphic Technology (ICGT), at RMIT University.

Robert has had extensive experience in the printing industry, printing on machines, teaching printing in the class room, training in the workplace and in the education sectors, in Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific. Appointed Director of the International Centre of Graphic Technology in 2005 after ten years in senior management positions at RMIT University, Robert has extensive experience teaching, program and infrastructure development.

Currently, Robert is a Council Member of the FPLMA and previously a past member of the ANZFTA Robert was also long-standing committee member of the Lithographic Institute of Australia, a past-President of the LIA Victorian Division and a Federal Vice-President. A past member of the EPIC Industry Training Board, Robert is currently a member of the AISC, Printing and Graphic Arts Industry Reference Committee, the authority responsible for advising government on the training needs of industry and the industry Training Package.

Steve Woods

Owner and Director - SW Graphics, Hobart

In 1989 Steve Woods started his career in the Printing Industry as an apprentice Printing machinist in South Australia . In 1995 after completing his trade qualification he moved to Hobart to work as a Printing Machinist until 1999 when he started SW Graphics as a distributor for a leading Printing Ink Supplier until now where the business has expanded its portfolio to offer Equipment, Software and consumables from several leading Companies.