January 28, 2020
New York
The Creative Media Awards are now OPEN FOR ENTRIES

The Creative Media Awards is the only awards program that honors the media industry. The Creative Media Awards express our belief that media — the process of buying, planning and strategy — is every bit as creative as depicting storyboards for a print or TV ad campaign.

 Congratulations to last years' Winners!
See the winning entries here and pictures from the ceremony here.


Creative Media Awards


Carlos Ariza

Connections Strategy, Dailey
Associate Partner, Media Director

Elizabeth Barrutia

Founder & CEO

John Caruso

MCD Partners
CCO & Partner

Justin Galvin

Arnold Boston
Creative Director

Whitney Hart

Investis Digital
SVP of Strategy

Brielyn Hess

VP Engagement, Paid Media

John Mergen

Executive Media Director

Ellen Oppenheim

Oppenheim Media Consulting

Jessica Sanfilippo

SVP, Group Media Director

Scott Steiner

dentsu X
EVP, Managing Director

Arlene Ulibas

Director of Search & Analytics

Vanessa Watts

Laughlin Constable
Executive Vice President of Media


Q. What are the key dates to remember?

Entry Eligibility Dates: November 1, 2019- October 31, 2020
Early Entry Fee Discount Deadline: October 30, 2020 at 8:00PM PM EST
Entry Deadline: December 4,2020, 8:00 PM EST

Finalists Notified/Published : early January, 2021
Awards Dinner & Ceremony: January 26, 2021 in New York City.

Q. What are the eligibility requirements?

To qualify for the awards submission, all work must have been presented to the public in a verifiable location or medium during the eligibility period, we do not accept "spec" work.

Q. What are the eligibility dates?

Media campaigns must have been launched during the qualifying period November 1, 2019 through October 31, 2020

Q. What is the deadline?

The Early Discount Deadline is October 30, 2020.
All entries must be received by 8:00PM EST on December 4th, 2020.

Q. What are the Entry Fees:

Early Discount entry fee is $295 per entry. This offer expires on October 30, 2020 at 8:00PM EST.

Regular entry fee is $350 per entry.

When submitting the same entry into multiple categories, the above fee will be multiplied by the number of categories selected. Entries will not be judged if they are not accompanied by full payment or if they are incomplete in any way.

Q. What are the Payment Options:

All entry fees are due at the end of the submission process via our online entry system. The only accepted methods of payment are Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card. We can not issue invoices or accept purchase orders, checks, and bank transfers.

Q. How do I enter?

Entrants can submit ads, promotions, campaigns and websites for as many categories as they like, and/or submit multiple entries for each category. Submissions should reflect work that was predominantly done by the submitting agency or other company, and the role of any collaborating creative and media agencies, the client, and any other entities should be referenced in the separate "Affiliated Agencies" field provided on the entry form. PLEASE PROOF campaign name and those you list as part of the team as this information will be published if you become a finalist.

Each entry also requires a "Brief" which must contain the objectives of the individual ads, campaigns and websites as well as any anecdotes, supporting facts or figures that illustrate its creativity and accomplishment. Briefs should be no more than 300 words in length.

All other supporting materials must be submitted electronically:

Provide a single URL link per entry. This should link to a page containing all creative materials, easily viewable by our Judges. Clear and concise presentation of all relevant creative assets at a single web URL will be important to proper consideration and the jury convenience. The entry URL must remain accessible until the day of the award ceremony.

Q. What required fields are on the online Entry Form?

The online entry form consists of 4 pages:

(1) Entrant's contact info
(2) Entry details:
     Category (-ies) (each entry can be submitted into either one or multiple categories)
     Agency (that will receive the award if won)
     Campaign Title
     URL containing the creative materials for the judges
     Individual Credits (ECDs, Developers, Designers, etc.)
     Any 3rd party Affiliated Agencies that were involved in the work
     300-word Brief

NOTE: Each time you revisit an entry to make any edits, the previously uploaded versions of your media files will be deleted. If you edit and entry, you MUST upload your files again on this 3rd page of the entry form.
(4) Review submitted entries and Checkout

Q. What are the Judging Criteria?

By the time a CMA entry has reached the winner’s circle, it has survived two rounds of judging. The combined experience of the judges enables the Creative Media Awards to honor the industry’s most effective work.

Round One judging consists of an internal editorial team reviewing and judging the briefs and creative materials. Our editors handpick three finalists per category and then send the results to the jury for the Final Round.

The Final Round of judging is comprised of a panel of industry experts and our editors who review the briefs and creative materials of all the finalists. Together they will decide which brief in each category was the most effective in conveying the "IDEA" and how the idea drove the campaign.

Q. Will we be informed if we are finalists?

All finalists will notified early January, 2021.

Q. What is your Publishing Policy?

Creative materials and briefs become property of MediaPost Communications. MediaPost is granted the right to publish the winning briefs and creative materials on the Creative Media Awards Web site and within MediaPost’s online and print publications.

Q. When and where will the awards show be held?

Winners will be announced January 26, 2021, during MediaPost's Creative Media Awards Reception and Dinner at in New York City.

Q. What is the refund/cancellation policy for Creative Media Awards Reception tickets?

Substitutions will gladly be accepted at any time. Cancellations received by January 16, 2021 will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued after January 16, 2021. All substitutions and cancellations must be submitted to Nicole Fadner

Q. I am Purchasing a Table for the Creative Media Awards Ceremony. Do I Need to Send a Guest List?

For those who will purchase a table of 8 for the ceremony, it is important to send us your guest list (name and company affiliation) no later than January 20, 2021 as name badges are required for admittance. Last minute substitutions will be accommodated.



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