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Guest Judge: Emily Beautrais, CD, Clemenger BBDO, Wellington

 GUEST JUDGE /BEST AD OF THE WEEK   WORLDWIDE    April 16, 2018 15:52 (Edited: April 17, 2018 01:52)
Nothing stood out this week here. Either the ideas were good and the craft was lacking, or the other way around.

Winner: The Chaeli Campaign. This definitely left me interested. I sure wouldn't place a bet on this woman not being able to do something, but it got the point across in way that grabbed you, in what is a well-worn and probably very challenging category. Much more powerful than straight up asking for support.

Runner-up: Fuck Traffic. As an industry, we seem to have become scared of praising print that's just print - that doesn't have a bigger idea wrapped into it. (To me this is as silly as what happened in NZ last year, when all the Sauvignon Blanc drinkers suddenly switched to Chardonnay in one big tidal wave. Fine, but you might miss out on the occasional exquisite Sauv).

This ad is just straight, clever print, and I like it. I'm trusting that it ran for real.

Winner: F*ck cars. This perfectly expresses the freedom that comes with taking your bike and weaving your own path through the city. It gives you that one-up over cars, the little reinforcement you need when they're tooting at you for being in 'their zone', or when it's pissing with rain. Makes me want to ride more.

Runner-up: A Safer Bike. At risk of seeming like a cyclophile, my pick for runner up is A Safer Bike. The concept of car brands lending all their fancy-ass safety features to the vulnerable bicycle seems only fair.

This category had more than its share of the great work this week! Each has an element that made me smile, The Wayback particularly is a beautiful resource. Most of these are deserving of Best, but here are my picks.

Winner: Billboards Beyond Borders. Clever, brave, and necessary. This work had a massive pair of balls attached and I'd judge its effectiveness by the fact that it's already been taken down.

Runner-up: Xfinity Mobile. It's simple, smart, perfectly placed, and sure to work its tits off. For once, you're enjoying an ad more than the content you're about to watch. I wish I'd done it. Beautrais_Headshot (1).jpg
This week's guest judge is Emily Beautrais, creative director at Clemenger BBDO, Wellington.

Emily Beautrais is the creative director of Clemenger BBDO in Wellington, New Zealand, an agency she's loved for well over a decade, despite its location in one of the most remote places on earth.

Her passion is making New Zealand a better place to live, with some of the world's most renowned behaviour change work. This work has earned Gold or Grand Prix at every creative show in the world. Whether it's making people empathise with 'Mistakes' for speeding drivers, making them laugh with 'Hello' for cellphone distractions or making them feel uncomfortable with 'Give Nothing to Racism' for the NZ Human Rights Commission, her work is famous for the feels.

As well as being highly awarded for effectiveness, her road safety work for the NZ Transport Agency was chosen by TED Talks as one of 10 Ads Worth Spreading, as well as one of the Gunn Report's 12 Cases for Creativity worldwide.

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