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Industry heavyweights set to judge IAB Bookmarks

 Industry heavyweights set to judge IAB Bookmarks

The judging panel has been announced for the upcoming IAB Bookmarks. The annual awards continue to entrench digital as a recognised medium with a panel of industry experts in online publishing, marketing and building categories.

John Dixon, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Brandsrock, in his role as Jury President, will oversee all judging assisted by three Jury Chairs in the publishers, marketers and builders sections during two rounds of judging to determine the shortlist and the winners list respectively. Dixon is a board member of the Association of Communication Agencies (ACA), and has served on the Financial Mail Adfocus and Finweek AdReview jury panels.

Dixon is joined by Tim Spira (Publishers), Saul Kropman (Marketers) and Alistair Fairweather (Builders) who all have judged the IAB Bookmarks previously.

The first round takes place remotely, where local judges independently score entries online. In the second round, local judges are joined by international thought leaders to discuss and debate each entry thoroughly before independently allocating final scores. Shortlisted entrants (in selected categories) will have the opportunity to present their award entry to the judges in person and the final scores are tallied and signed off by the Jury President.

“I am excited and honoured to once again be part of the Bookmarks jury. We have a great panel of over 50 judges who are all experts in their own right. The panel serves two purposes, to create a large pool of specialist expertise across these set of categories and ultimately to align with international best practice,” says John Dixon, IAB Bookmarks Jury President.

Matthew Bull, one of South Africa’s most awarded creatives and former Global Creative Director of Lowe Worldwide will join the judging panel as International IAB Bookmarks Agency Judge. Founder of the Bull-White House in New York, Bull has been a key proponent of establishing digital awards and was part of the original team to launch the Bookmarks in 2008.

Judges for the Publishers category:

      Tim Spira – ENCA (Jury Chair)

  • Annel Malan – ETV
  • Claire Cobbledick – Gumtree
  • Derek Abdinor – Times Media
  • Karen Dempers – Spree
  • Lana Strydom – Vodacom
  • Marc du Plessis – Caxton
  • Myles Brown – The Spacestation
  • Nick Smit – Naspers / Travel with LIA
  • Nicolle Harding – MMA SA
  • Samantha Perry – Women in Tech
  • Styli Charalambous  – Daily Maverick
  • Thierry Cassuto – Both Worlds
  • Uno de Waal – between 10 and 5


Judges for the Marketers category:

  • Saul Kropman – (Jury Chair)
  • Alexis Beckett – 140BBDO
  • Amanda Sevasti  – NATIVE VML
  • Andy Gilder – Publicis Machine
  • Bruno Bertrand  – Esteé Lauder
  • Brian Carter – Liquorice
  • Cleola Kunene – Multichoice
  • Chanel Mackay – 25AM
  • Chris Gotz – Ogilvy
  • Conn Bertish – Quirk
  • Dallas du Toit – Gloo
  • Dane Bowen – iProspect
  • John Beale – MEC
  • Justin Gomes – FoxP2
  • Kirk Gainsford – Lowe CT
  • Lucia Maseko – Nestlé
  • Matt Thompson – Hellocomputer
  • Michele Macnab – WWC
  • Mike Sharman – Retroviral
  • Musa Kalenga – Nedbank
  • Pete Case – Gloo
  • Robyn Nahman – Wunderman / Aquaonline
  • Simon Lloyd – Quirk
  • Templar Wales – Investec

Judges for the Builders category:

  • Alistair Fairweather – Publicis Machine (Jury Chair)
  • Allan Kent – Primedia
  • Alex Acton – WWC
  • Ben Evans – Ogilvy One
  • Byron Linsell – DStv Digital Media
  • Chris Vermeulen – Rogerwilco
  • Jonathan Miller – Forge Media
  • Justin Spratt – Quirk
  • Khaya Dlanga – Coca Cola
  • Matthew Arnold – NATIVE VML
  • Miles Murphy – Liquorice
  • Philani Mdingi – Maverickmind
  • Ruaan Uys – Isobar
  • Sam Goldenbaum – Hellocomputer
  • Sam Wilson – Woolworths
  • Warren Moss – Demographica

“The one thing all the judges have in common is an eager anticipation to review the great work we expect to be entered this year, as always the privilege of experiencing the talent in our industry marks the IAB Bookmarks as a highlight of the local awards calendar,” concludes Dixon.

For more information on how to enter, visit

*Please note that the confirmed judges on the panel are subject to change

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