Indian agencies won 10 out of 16 awards at Warc Prize for Asian Strategy 2017 including 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze. Ogilvy & Mather led the Indian charge with 2 Gold, a Silver and 2 Bronze while MullenLowe Lintas Group, Leo Burnett, Rediffusion Y&R, Havas Worldwide and DDB Mudra Group won one awards each.
The winners of the seventh annual Warc Prize for Asian Strategy were revealed at an awards and insights event in Singapore on October 30. The winners of the Grand Prix and Special Awards also share a prize fund of $10,000.
Close to 200 submissions from 17 countries across Asia were judged by a panel of 25 agency- and client-side professionals. 16 campaigns for global and local brands have been selected as winners, showcasing the region's smartest thinking and highlighting breakthrough ideas. The jury awarded one Grand Prix, five Golds, five Silvers and five Bronzes.
Additionally, five special awards were given honouring specific areas of excellence: The Market Pioneer Award, The Research Excellence Award, The Channel Thinking Award, The Local Hero Award and The Asia First Award.
Forsman & Bodenfors Sweden took top honours by winning both The Grand Prix and The Research Special Award for their emotional multichannel campaign 'The Marriage Market Takeover' for Japanese prestige skincare brand SK-II which allied itself to unmarried women to raise awareness and boost sales in China.
Commenting on the Grand Prix winning campaign, jury chair Nicole McMillan, Vice-President, Marketing of The Wrigley Company, Asia-Pacific said, "The boldness of SK-II in taking a position very distinct from a market saturated with defined category norms is what made their strategy stand out amongst some very strong peer entries. Taking a taboo subject can be fraught with danger, however SK-II managed to navigate these complexities to construct a strategy and narrative that has struck accord with consumers and judges alike."
The winners are:
The Marriage Market Takeover · SK-II · China · Forsman & Bodenfors + Research Excellence Special Award
The next-gen is ready · Vodafone Business Services · India · Ogilvy & Mather + Market Pioneer Special Award
Making shampoos an office supply in Japan · Clear · Japan · ADK Tokyo + Asia First Special Award
When embracing dirt became an act of faith · Surf Excel · India, Pakistan · MullenLowe Lintas Group
The First Hello · Elevit · China · PHD China
The Job Switch · The Akanksha Foundation · India · Ogilvy & Mather + Local Hero Special Award
Use Dipper at Night · Tata Motors · India · Rediffusion Y&R + Channel Thinking Special Award
Winning the 4G race without 4G · Vodafone India · India · Ogilvy & Mather
The Levi's Campaign that Levi's didn't create · Levi's · China · OMD China
ManulifeMOVE Launch · ManulifeMOVE · Hong Kong · mcgarrybowen, Dentsu
Launching Jeans in India · Durex · India · Havas Worldwide
Roads that honk · HP Lubricants · India · Leo Burnett India
From Anonymous Call To Eponymous Glory · Premier Futsal · India · DDB Mudra Group
Saroj, The Leader · Colour Academy · India · Ogilvy & Mather, Asian Paints
IsThereAProblemOfficer.ph · Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) · Philippines · McCann Worldgroup Philippines
Deliver the love · Amazon · India · Ogilvy & Mather