Kyoorius Awards 2015: Ogilvy makes a clean sweep with 15 Elephants

MUMBAI: In possibly the best organised award shows in town, Kyoorius, in association with D&AD, announced the winners of the 2015 Advertising & Digital Awards at the DOME at the NSCI, SVP Stadium in Mumbai.

Ogilvy won 15 Blue Elephants, 13 in advertising and two in digital awards. DDB Mudra won six Blue Elephants and was the only agency to bag the Black Elephant. Contract India bagged five Blue Elephants followed by Ideas@work with three Blue Elephant and BBDO India with two Blue Elephants.

The night, which was presented by Colors, brought together over 1200 professionals from the advertising, digital and marketing industries and clients across India to celebrate in Indian creativity. Like it is said, in typical ‘Kyoorius fashion’ the night was unlike any awards ceremony – from the Times Square-inspired sets, to the sound and motion graphics. The entire visual experience for the night was created by Dutch studio Addikt.

A total of 1419 entries (up almost 40 per cent from the previous year) were submitted across Advertising & Digital categories. Of the 163 In Book winners, 48 entries were awarded Blue Elephants, and one entry was awarded the ever-elusive Black Elephant.

DDB Mudra, Ideas@Work, Ogilvy, Contract Advertising, Scarecrow Communications, Soho Square, BBH, BBDO India, Dentsu Webchutney, Madison, Madison BMB, ITSA Brand Innovations, Experience Commerce, Rediffusion Y&R, BBH, Famous Innovations, Havas Worldwide, Fanatics, Grey, Linen Lintas, PHD India, Sapient, Web Maffia, River Advertising, Creativeland Asia, Blink Digital, Whyness Worldwide, and TBWA were some of the agencies who were awarded the ‘Baby Elephant’ trophy as In Book winners.

Of the 163 In Book winners, also nominees for Blue Elephants, the advertising and digital juries awarded 36 Blue Elephants in Advertising and 12 Blue Elephants in Digital categories.

In the advertising categories, the 36 Blue Elephant winners included campaigns by Contract Advertising, Ideas@Work, Creativeland Asia, Ogilvy, Early Man Film, DDB Mudra, BBDO, Fanatics, Grey, TBWA and Linen Lintas.

In digital categories, 12 Blue Elephant winners included work by PHD India, Pigeon & Co., Quasar, Quidich, Dentsu Webchutney, Experience Commerce, Leaf Design, Madison Media, Sapient and Ogilvy.

Black Elephants are reserved for work that redefines the category it is entered in, by taking risks, creating a new conversation with the audience or lasting impact on the industry.

DDB Mudra was awarded the only Black Elephant this year for the direct marketing campaign, Health Cha Shree Ganesh. The campaign for Nutralite, gave everyone’s favourite portly idol a healthy makeover – With a physically fit statue and equally fit priest, accompanied by sugar free modaks and offerings at a pandal in Mumbai. Devotees could participate in Zoomba workouts while waiting in line and donate calories while working out on a treadmill.

Kyoorius founder CEO Rajesh Kejriwal said, “We are overwhelmed by the response this year, the 1419 entries are further acknowledgement of the industry’s support for the Kyoorius Awards. Our international jury and open format ensure that we are a truly neutral and transparent platform that stimulates the industry and nurtures future creative talent. Every year we notice certain trends that prevail in the work entered. This year we saw a lot of work around gender equality and women’s rights, reflecting the national sentiment surrounding these sensitive issues. And of course, in a World Cup year, plenty of cricket.”

D&AD CEO Tim Lindsay added, “The Kyoorius Awards continue to grow in size and stature, and are an important indicator of the world class standards of the Indian creative scene. But the real heroes are the creatives themselves, who are producing ever more engaging, emotional and beautifully crafted work. D&AD are proud to partner.”

Colors CEO Raj Nayak said, “Colors is proud to be associated with the Kyoorius Awards, and we are happy to see that it’s become so successful in the second year. Congratulations to all the elephant winners.”

Alongside the Elephant winners, all nominations will be featured in the Kyoorius Advertising Awards Annual and the Kyoorius Digital Awards Annual – distributed to over 5000 corporate and creatives across India – providing an invaluable and unrivalled source of creative inspiration.

The awards night marked the end of the two-day festival of creativity in advertising, media and marketing developed by Kyoorius in partnership with ZEE, GroupM and D&AD.


Unlike other awards programmes, Kyoorius Awards have no gold, silver or bronze, and it is the jury’s prerogative to award more than one Blue Elephant in a category, or none at all.

In-Book: Work that stands out above the rest and meets the three judging criteria, for being 1) An original and inspiring idea, 2) Well-executed, and 3) Relevant to its context. Amongst the best pieces of work in the year, in-book winners are the nominees for Blue Elephants.

Blue Elephant: Checks off all three criteria and reaches the Kyoorius Awards benchmark of creative excellence. Recognised as a symbol of the very highest creative achievement.

Black Elephant: Best of Show. The ultimate prize. Work that is truly ground-breaking amongst all the judged work.

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