The Loeries Annual goes digital

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2013 has ushered in a new era for the Loeries with the introduction of a revamped, visually appealing and user-friendly online Winners Archive, to be launched in mid-April, which will replace the traditional hard-copy Loeries Annual.

The Loeries made the decision to focus on a sophisticated upgrade of the online Archive in order to make winning information more easily accessible to a wider audience. In past years, the printed Annual captured the year’s winning work in a beautifully bound book, however the book limited readers to accessing only a year’s worth of reference material. The new Winners Archive eliminates shelf-life by providing the ultimate collection of Loeries winners via a vivid and modern reference system.

Award recipients of The 34th Annual Loerie Awards – which took place during Creative Week Cape Town last year – will be able to view their work online via the all-new Archive. In fact, the Archive contains all Loeries winners credits right back to 1978, with visual and audio media of the actual work being integrated from 2005. Visual material prior to 2005 will continually be added to the online archive.

“It’s about time that our Winners Archive became digital,” says Loeries CEO, Andrew Human.  “I think each medium should be used to its best ability, and a printed annual simply can’t offer the versatility that an online version does – it’s like the old (and very beautiful) encyclopedia versus Wikipedia.”

The Winners Archive is part of a comprehensive website overhaul for the Loeries that is being carried out by Aqua Online and software developers ClickClickBoom. The online resource will bring a clean, fresh look and more efficient functionality, including refined search functions, where work can be located by brand, agency, product, award, year and even by individual credits – allowing users to talent search across a multitude of disciplines.

Aqua CEO, Brent Shahim, says, “We are delighted to build on our existing partnership with the Loeries, having produced their Creative Week app in 2012. We are now developing a new user experience that will not only bring the old archive to life, but will simplify the way in which users are able to access content across the whole website.”

In addition to showcasing a year-on-year benchmark of creative communications from the African and Middle-Eastern region, the Winners Archive will also host the Official Rankings – including the first publication of the latest individual credit rankings such as executive creative directors, copywriters, designers and photographers. Previously published rankings will also be included, such as top brands, agencies and production companies.

With this year’s 35th celebration of rewarding creative excellence, the Loeries is undergoing a brand refresh that will launch on 15 March alongside the 2013 Call for Entry and the new website. A lot to look forward to.

Entries for the Loeries open on 15 March. All entry information, guidelines and preparation instructions will be available from this date. Enter before 15 April and receive a 5% discount. Entries close on 31 May.  Winners will be announced at the awards during Loeries Creative Week Cape Town 16 – 22 September. Go to www.loeries.com for further information.

Major Sponsors

The major sponsors of Loeries 2013 are Cape Town Tourism, The City of Cape Town, Gearhouse South Africa

Additional Sponsors and Official Suppliers

AAA School of Advertising, Adams & Adams Attorneys, ADreach, Antalis South Africa, Aon South Africa, Aqua Online, Avusa Media, Backsberg, Barron, BEE Online, Cape Town Partnership, Cinemark, Commercial Producers Association, Egg Films, Funk Productions, Gallo Images, Google, Graphica, GreaterCapital, Greensky, Grid Worldwide, Hetzner, Mail & Guardian, Media Film Service, Newsclip, Paygate, Rocketseed, SABC, Skyrove, Sonovision, TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris Johannesburg, Tsogo Sun, Ultra Litho, Wesgro, Woolworths

Important Loerie dates to diarise in 2013:

Loeries Exhibition Venues

CityVarsity, Cape Town                                             01 – 05 April

Vega, Johannesburg                                                 15 – 19 April

OpenWindowSchool of Visual Communication     13 – 18 May

Markex, Sandton                                                       11 – 13 June

Concept Interactive, Cape Town                              15 – 19 July

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, PE        5 – 14 August

Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria                       26 – 30 August

StellenboschAcademy of Design & Photography   To be announced

OliewenhuisMuseum, Bloemfontein                                  07 – 11 October

Important Loerie dates to diarise:

Migrate magazine – issue 16

Available at Exclusive Books & CNA stores

Call for Entries 2013:

Entries Opens: 15 March

Early bird deadline: 15 April

Entry Deadline: 31 May

Migrate magazine – issue 17 May 2013

CreativeWeekCape Town 16 – 22 September 2013:

Judging Week at City Hall: 16 – 19 September

Loeries Seminar at City Hall: 20 September

The 35th Annual Loerie Awards at the CTICC: 21 & 22 September

Migrate magazine – issue 18 November 2013

For more information go to www.loeries.com

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