Rising Star Awards 2021

Honouring young achievers in media strategy

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Rising Star Awards 2021

The 360-degree view of the High Chair

Who can enter Any individual working on media strategy across brand marketing teams and agencies (media, digital, consulting firms). The entries could also be made by the organisation on behalf of the individuals.

Validation of entries In view of the disruption caused by Covid-19, we are accepting an email approval on your entry form by the competent authority (your senior overseeing the project or the brand manager). Please upload the screenshot of the approval email.

Age limit 35 years as on March 31, 2021.

Entry Fees A nominal token amount of Rs 2,100 per entry only


All work (strategy/planning/media buying) that is entered must have been a part of the period between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2021.

Advisory Board

An illustrious Advisory Board has helped BestMediaInfo put together a global gold standard for the awards process and maximum transparency in judging.

Shashi Sinha
Shashi Sinha, CEO, Mediabrands India
Santosh Padhi
Santosh Padhi, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Taproot Dentsu
Raj Nayak
Raj Nayak, Founder & Managing Director, House of Cheer Networks
Ajit Varghese
Ajit Varghese, Chief Commercial Officer, Sharechat
Sonia Huria
Sonia Huria, Head of Communications, Amazon Prime Video India
Niraj Sharma
Niraj Sharma, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, BestMediaInfo and BuzzInContent
Fake/Scam Work

Entries that are fake/scam (work not commissioned or paid for by a client or media entity) will not be eligible for judging. Only the real work which has brought real results for the brands or has scalability would be considered as a valid entry.


Ineligible entries may be disqualified at any phase of the competition without notification.

Acknowledgement of Entries

Entrants will receive an email acknowledgement when an entry has been received.

Rules, terms and conditions

The Rising Star Awards assumes all entries are original and the entrant either owns the work or has permission from a client or other appropriate party to enter the work, with all rights granted therein. In the event that an entrant without such rights submits an entry, the entrant will not be eligible for the competition. The Rising Star Awards are not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant.

Submission of any entry (including Video entries) acknowledges the right of The Rising Star Awards to use it for exhibition, promotion and publication purposes in any medium.

If an entry receives an award, the manner and details of announcing that nomination and award is strictly within the discretion of Rising Star Awards. The entrant understands that all awards may not be given or publicised in the same manner and some might be presented in a ceremony and others might not.


If you are entering non-English work across the category, we encourage you to translate or explain your work in English in your brief or case study video. For Videos and Podcasts in any language other than English, please dub or subtitle video content into English.