Now in its seventh year, Next Creative Leaders is a free portfolio competition that identifies, celebrates and gives a global platform to talented women and non-binary creatives who are making their mark on the world with both their work and a unique point of view on creative leadership that’s changing the industry for the better.
The One Club for Creativity and The 3% Movement have announced five representatives from Africa who will serve on the diverse global jury for their jointly run Next Creative Leaders 2021, a free competition recognising women and non-binary creatives on the rise both globally and by region. The competition is free to enter, and the deadline for entry has been extended to July 30.
Judges from Africa are:
– Hermann Kamte, Founder, CEO and Creative Director, HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates, Cameroon.
– Nkanyezi Masango, Executive Creative Director, King James Group, Cape Town.
– Sam Nii Adjaidoo, Co-Founder, Institute of Design and Synergistics Kumasi, Ghana.
– Max Ngari, Executive Creative Director, Dentsu, Kenya.
– Neema Nouse, Copywriter, The Odd Number, Johannesburg.
Along with naming 10 global winners based upon the highest scores from judges, The One Club and The 3% Movement also analyse the next level of highest scoring entrants to recognise those in various regions who may have scored just below the winning level and whose work and creative vision the judges feel deserve honourable mention accolades.
Eligible participants are those who are stepping into leadership roles, including copywriters, art directors, designers, ACDs, newly-promoted creative and design directors with less than one year in the role and creative teams who are doing game-changing work.
Entries highlighting a candidate’s creativity, leadership and unique point of view must be submitted by the extended July 30, 2021 deadline. Entrants are judged on four-to-six pieces of creative work, their background and information about how they — and their work — are pushing the industry forward and making a positive contribution in terms of diversity, mentoring and advocacy.
Winners will be selected by a jury of top creatives and diversity advocates, including past Next Creative Leaders winners, and announced at the 10th annual The 3% Conference to be held in Atlanta on November 2-3, 2021.
Each NCL winner receives a one-year complimentary individual membership with The One Club with opportunities to participate in future One Club awards juries, and complimentary tickets to a One Club professional development conference, panels and mentorship events. Winners receive a complimentary ticket to The 3% Conference and a potential opportunity to speak on the annual Next Creative Leaders panel.
Winners also each get a dedicated article and winning work showcase on The One Club website, promotion on both The 3% Movement and The One Club social channels, invitation to be a part of the 2022 Next Creative Leaders Jury and a special feature on the InVisible Creatives website and Instagram account. Branding for Next Creative Leaders 2021 was designed by NCL 2020 winner Elma Karabegovic, with font designer Zacchary Dempsey-Plante.