The Young Guns Awards 2005 has brought good tidings for Indian agencies. Of the five finalists from India, David and JWT, Mumbai have brought home three Bronzes between them.
The winners at Young Guns Awards 2005, which were announced late on Sunday night, saw Juan Cabral, from Fallon London, bag the 2005 YoungGun of the Year Award for his Sony Bravia "Balls" film, winning a solid Gold Bullet, $5,000 and an invitation to sit on the 2006 YoungGuns Jury.
The 2005 YoungGun Student of the Year is Menno Kluin from Miami AdSchool Hamburg for his "Hubba Bubba" idea, winning a three-month paid placement at a Leo Burnett Worldwide office of his choice.
Among the Indians, David's Steve Mathias and Prita Pardiwala won the Bronze bullet for their 'Oh Carol' work for Nitco Tiles in the Radio Radio – Over 30 seconds category.
The second Bronze bullet bagged by David was for WWF-India 'Painted Trees' campaign in the Maverick Media division. The winning team comprised Rohit Devgun (a winner last year too), Amit Nandwani and Rishi Chanana. The WWF India work was a finalist at the London International Awards.
For JWT, Mumbai, Hital Pandya and Karan Amin's work for Levi Strauss & Co, the 'Levi's Stick Fingers' newspaper campaign bagged the Bronze bullet.
Doing jury duty this year was Josy Paul, Chairman and NCD, David. He, however, didn't get to judge his agency's work as Young Guns doesn't allow jury members to judge their own agency's work.
David had three finalists – two from Delhi and one from Mumbai. The WWF India work, 'Carbon Paper', which was a finalist at the London International Awards, is in contention with a chance again in the Charities and Public Service category.
Last year, Indian agencies registered four finalists, three of which were from Ambience Publicis, Mumbai (two for work on Western Union), and one from Davie (then rmg david), also for WWF India. Two of the finalist entries went on to win bronzes – Rohit Devgun of rmg david (now renamed David) for the 'Nest' campaign for client WWF India, and Ashok Lad and Amitabh Agnihotri of Ambience Publicis for the 'Keyholes' campaign for client Snehi Child Welfare Organisation.