Meet the International Judges |  2021 Axis Awards

Posted 2 February 2021.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the International Judges for the upcoming Axis Awards. This year, due to Covid restrictions, the local Executive Panel will be assisted online by two prestigious and internationally acclaimed ECD’s, Leo Premutico of Johannes Leonardo, New York, and Tara McKenty of Google, Sydney. Tara will be reviewing and judging all the finalist work online. Leo will be deciding the Grand Prix and the Grand Axis winner, selecting these from the Gold winners chosen locally.

Tara McKenty has always been a force to be reckoned with, as exampled by her Kindergarten teacher, at only 4 years old Tara was told she’d either be the Prime Minister of New Zealand, or the devil itself. Though her political destiny never took off, what she did accomplish is far greater. Whilst at TBWA, Tara was named in Campaign Magazines Top 50 emerging talent portfolio for the creation of a limited-edition ABSOLUT bottle design. Riding this wave of success, Tara swam across the ditch to work with Saatchi & Saatchi as their Art Director in Sydney. Now, Tara works at Google as their Creative Director.

Starting as the youngest ever member of the leadership team at Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Premutico went on to co-found Johannes Leonardo in 2007 at just 29 years old. With multiple feats under their belt including, the Mobile Grand Prix at the Cannes Advertising Festival for their Google Re:Brief campaign, the 2017 Entertainment for Music Grand Prix for their repositioning of adidas Originals ‘Strikethrough’ campaign, and the infamous ‘Drive Bigger’ platform for Volkswagen, Leo Premutico has proven his true advertising effectiveness.

For more information please contact:

Natasha Galloway, Sponsorship & Events, Commercial Communications Council

P: 09 303 0435

M: 021 890 147

James Wotton, Events & Sponsorship Manager, Commercial Communications Council

P: 09 303 0435

M: 027 42 6330