The Shark Awards Kinsale have launched their 2021 advertising and design awards season and are now open for entries.

Taking the reins as Jury president is Anomaly London’s Group Creative Director L.A. Ronayne. During her two-year tenure, she will ensure a high standard is maintained throughout the judging process, as well as overseeing any category modifications to adapt with the fast-moving changes of the industry.

New categories have been added to award casting, stock footage editing, fashion, Christmas and sporting campaigns.

Whilst there will be no official festival with talks and presentations this year, there are plans – restrictions allowing – to travel to Kinsale for in person judging and a touch of IRL interaction, something that has been sorely missed by our creative community over the past year, and is now much needed.

The jury so far includes some of the best creative talent in the advertising community from Anomaly, BETC, Boys + Girls, Engine, Lucky Generals, Onecore, UltraSuperNew, Uncommon, VCCP as well as best in class masters of craft from Biscuit, Black Kite Studios, Darling Films, Electric Theatre Collective, Partizan, Stitch and 1stAveMachine.

The current list of jurors are here.

“The world has seen many challenges over the past year, but what remains - and is constant - is that creativity will never be beaten," said Shark Awards Kinsale Chairman, Peter Brady. "It's more important than ever to galvanise the creative community and bring everyone together. We're very happy to welcome our brilliant jury president L.A. Ronayne who will bring an abundance of energy and fresh thinking to the Sharks."

Jury President, L.A. Ronayne added “There isn't anything else like The Shark Awards, as an award or an experience. To take up the reins as jury president is a wild honour. In the run up to the 60th anniversary of course, but also at such a pivotal time for creativity — as the world opens up and we decide what the next chapter of our industry will be. I cannot wait to see the work and the outcome as our incredible, international judges and this magical, Irish place come together.”

Key Dates and Concessions:
Key Dates and Concessions:

*33% on all entries made before midnight BST Wednesday 30th June

*15% on all entries made before midnight BST Friday 16th July

Final deadline: midnight BST Tuesday 31st August

Shark Awards Music Video and Short Film launch later in the year.