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How would you rank the award shows?

Which are the most prestigious award shows for creative people in America? I mean, how would you rank them on their ability to get me job openings?
Specifically, how would you rate the New York Festival Print/Outdoor?

intro How would you rank the award shows?Awards do indeed enhance your value. The right ones will help you get the interviews and the jobs. Your salary will increase. Your profile will increase. They aren’t by any means the only measure of a creative but unfortunately they’re one of the few tangible kinds of evidence in our industry that point to excellence. Win a gold Cannes Lion and see what we mean.

Any award is nice, but the ones that really count are the One Show (Pencils are amazing but even appearing in their awards annual is considered an honor), Communication Arts (no medals—all of the work they recognize appears in their awards annual as equals), the Clio Awards, Andy Awards, Cannes, and D&AD in Britain. There are many other very respected shows but these rank as the most coveted. It’s also a thrill to show up in any number of trade magazines that showcase the best of the best. Archive, Creative Review; the list goes on. At a “local” level there are some amazing shows, like Boston’s Hatch Awards, that are badges of honor as well.

The New York Festivals is nice to have, but is not considered as difficult to win as the shows just mentioned. So, not as impressive, but worth including on your resume.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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