IAA-Dentsu Global Student Poster Competition on Biodiversity names World Champion from Serbia.

New York, June 24th, 2010 – The International Advertising Association (IAA) and Dentsu with the support of the United Nations Department of Public Information announced the results of the IAA-Dentsu Global Student Poster Competition with the theme of Biodiversity.

Dusan Simic from the University of Arts in Belgrade was named the World Champion for her winning entry called “Nest” (winning artwork is available for use – see attached).

In recognition of the critical impact of environmental issues, this year’s theme was biodiversity. The brief asked students to raise awareness of the impact of biodiversity. The global student poster competition was launched in support of United Nations communications projects, and made possible by a donation from Dentsu Inc.

Tham Khai Meng, Worldwide Creative Director and Chairman, Worldwide Creative Council, Ogilvy & Mather, New York, as well as Chairman of the Jury stated, “Not only did this competition encourage creative thinking and fresh ideas, but it focused on biodiversity, a crucial topic for these times. My fellow judges and I are encouraged with the results and we want to thank everyone for participating.”. A total of 527 entries were received from twenty-six countries. The jury included industry executives from India, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom and USA as well as a representative from the United Nations.

Commenting on the results Dentsu’s President & CEO, Tatsuyoshi Takashima stated “Biodiversity is actually an urgent issue that has implications for the whole world. As an advertising communications company, this competition was very meaningful to Dentsu, and we were very happy to be able to support students from around the world in increasing their awareness about crucial social issues. I would like to thank those at the IAA and the United Nations who allowed us this opportunity.”

“We were thrilled with the high number of entries as well as the interesting and diverse creative concepts. The IAA’s ability to hold the competition is due to the significant interest of the United Nations and support of Dentsu; and I want to express our thanks for their thought leadership position in this important area,” said IAA Chairman and World President Alan Rutherford.

“Biodiversity underpins the functioning of the ecosystems on which we depend and which is vital for our  well-being,” said Kiyo Akasaka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. “We need urgent action now to conserve our biodiversity. Young people are critical to making a difference. We need their energy, their creativity, and their passion.”

Other placed winners have been named as:

Worldwide 2nd Place – Be reconciled with the planet – Gabriel Andres Acero Rincon, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Colombia

Worldwide 3rd Place – People Power – Tessa Collins, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Regional Winner Asia/Pacific

Imaginative Creatures – Tanya Thamphiruk, Assumption University, Thailand

Regional Winner Europe

PACMAN – Weronika Luiza Kowalska, Academy of Fine Art, Poland

Regional Winner Middle East/Africa

The Whole Picture – Sally Alzaza, The American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Regional Winner Latin America

Things – Gonzalo Ponce, Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, Argentina

Regional Winner North America

Be the Start – Kyle Albrecht, The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA

The World Champion will receive her award at a presentation in New York City in July at the United Nations from Kiyo Akasaka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.

The judges:

Chairman of the Jury – Tham Khai Meng, Worldwide Creative Director and Chairman of its Creative Council, Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide

Asia/Pacific – Sam Balsara, Chairman & Managing Director, MADISON WORLD, Mumbai

Europe – Diana Verde Nieto, Clownfish, London

Middle East/Africa – Mahesh Salgaokar, Associate Creative Director, Leo Burnett, Dubai

Latin America – Irene Medina, Creative Director, CAZA de Estrategias Latinoamerica S.C., Mexico

Dentsu – Ryo Honda, Executive Creative Director, Social Projects Planning Division

United Nations – Matias Delfino, Graphic Designer, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information

5 Responses to “IAA-Dentsu Global Student Poster Competition on Biodiversity names World Champion from Serbia.”

  1. July 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Dobro! 🙂 I really like this one! 😉

  2. July 13, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Dobro! I like this student concept on many levels, one of which is the headline and sub-headline which I think are just great. Well done and Keep up the good thinking.

  3. July 20, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

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