About The Golden Egg Award (Guldägget)
Competitions and awards play an important role in the communications industry worldwide and through these the agencies and clients are encouraged to develop new strategies and creative solutions.
The definition of creativity is changing all the time: it is no longer confined to the art of storytelling. To create meaningful connections with consumers in this disrupted and disintermediated world, communicators are presented with both immense challenges and mind-blowing opportunities.
The Gold Egg Award (Guldägget) is Sweden’s oldest and largest communication competition. It started in 1961 and has since then grown and become an ever wider competition that now covers most of what can be called communication.
The award explores the value of creativity in branded communication: from packaging design and digital development to the creative strategy, execution and impact, celebrating new ideas shaping the next wave of creativity.
The purpose is to draw attention to the best advertisement, lead the industry forward and raise the level of the creative standard. The award work as a natural platform for a constantly ongoing discussion about how we in Sweden can become even better at communicating and how we can get even more involved in social problems, pension savings or a new chocolate bar with mint flavor. And the award do this by inspiring and giving courage to everyone who works within the communications industry in Sweden.
The awards – Golden Egg, Silver Egg and the Diploma – are nominated by a jury consisting of 50 jurors (25 women, 25 men), including a jury chair.
The jury members are appointed among professional creatives. The members of the jury must be credited in the form of awards in the Gold Egg competition (at least Gold or Silver Egg) or similar in other awards.
The jury chair must be a respected and well-credited person in the industry who is appointed by the board of The Swedish Association of Communication Agencies and who is responsible for the jury work carried out in accordance with the purpose and rules of the competition. People in question must also have such maturity and leadership ability to be able to lead the work of the jury and be its ultimate representative.
The jury shall take into account the following criteria when assessing competition entries:
- Idea – to reach out and touch with a strong and clear idea. Create interest and initial understanding of the message
- Clarity – getting a message
- Relevance – that the message is relevant to both the sender and the recipient
- Crafts – handling of image, text, form and typography, etc
- Judgement – not to violate good ethics
The jury’s task is to assess the communication from the previous year, not to judge the standard and significance of an annual production or it’s mark in the history of communications industry.
Each year a gala is held around the time of Easter (hence the name), where approximately 1500 take part in an evening celebrating last year’s best, most innovative and smartest communication who compete in 13 categories (2020) where both the agency and the client are rewarded. Each winner take home a 1,5 kg brass egg (see attached picture).
Those who are awarded are not only rewarded themselves but also show others how to outdo themselves. In this way, the winners serve as good role models and examples for others, both for individuals and collectively.
In addition to the 13 categories, five special prizes are also awarded at the gala:
- The Golden Writing Award – appointed by the Golden Writing Academy and awards the writer of the best written communication from the previous year
- The Golden Eye Award – appointed by the Golden Eye Academy and awards the writer of the best work by and Art Director from the previous year
- The Titan Award – nominated by KOMM’s Board of Directors and awards innovative communication that inspires people both inside and outside the industry. The Titan Award winner must have broken conventions and created new conditions for how companies and organizations can act in society
- The Platinum Egg Award – appointed by the Platinum Academy and awards a senior creative who has contributed to the development of advertising and design in Sweden
- The Chicken Scholarship – appointed by a special jury consisting of senior and highly respectable creatives within the industry and the scholarships are given to three students or persons who have been active within the communications industry for a maximum of 3 years
The Gold Egg Award (Guldägget) organised by The Swedish Association of Communication Agencies (Sveriges Kommunikationsbyråer, KOMM).
The competition is only for Swedish agencies, and therefor can not foreign agencies participate in Guldägget.
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