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The Outstanding Radio Creative Awards

Entries for 2020 now open

The annual ORCA encourages you to let your talents loose

The Outstanding Radio Creative Awards

A quest to crown radio
copywriting royalty

The aim of the ORCA is to encourage creatives in the advertising industry to let their talents loose and explore the options afforded by radio. They provide a means to recognise and endorse outstanding radio creative advertising which creates impact and effectiveness for the client.


Previously a monthly competition, the revamped version of the ORCA will be an annual event which allows creatives to submit their best work over a 12 month period.

Who are the awards for?

Creators of outstanding radio

Calling all radio advertisers
& creatives.

Having run for over a decade, the awards are well known in the industry and winners of the Grande ORCA have won various trips overseas and around the world over the years. A highlight was the Grandest ORCA in 2011 which celebrated 10 years of the ORCAs. The winner took away round-the-world flights for two.

The Grand ORCA

$10,000 cash prize

$10,000 radio schedule for the client

Invite to an exclusive lunch for finalists

People’s Choice Award

$2,000 cash prize

$5,000 radio schedule for the client

Invite to an exclusive lunch for finalists

Multiple Awards and Categories

A Grand Prize
pool at stake

All finalists will be invited to an exclusive lunch where the winner of the 2020 ORCA and People’s Choice Award will be presented.

Have you got what it is we're looking for?

The judging is based on the following criteria:

Creativity

Originality of approach and style of the creative idea

Execution

Excellent use of the radio medium in executing the creative idea

Effectiveness

Efficiency in delivering the client’s key message to the audience

Impact & Relevancy

Impact and relevancy of creative idea for client


Our creative radio judge panel

Our 2020 Judging Panel

James Mok
Managing Director - VMLY&R Auckland
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Before taking the MD role at VMLY&R, James was the NZ Chief Creative Officer and APAC Executive Creative Director at FCB. Prior to that James was a founding creative partner at indie agency, Generator, and held creative roles at Saatchi & Saatchi, Clemenger Australia and HKM. James was a founding member of FCB’s global creative council and has judged at Cannes Lions, D&AD, Clios and AWARD.

Leisa Wall
Executive Creative Director - FCB
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An avid collector, Leisa has business cards from Ogilvy, Lowe Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi and FCB, where Leisa has led the way for the last 10 years. She’s also amassed an impressive array of paperweights from Axis, Cannes, D&AD, AWARD, One Show, Spikes and was once voted “Most likely to be really really good at advertising”.

Bex Radford
Creative Partner - BC&F Dentsu
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Bex is a new breed of creative leader who looks beyond traditional solutions. After more than a decade of building global brands and leading multidisciplinary teams, she’s convinced creativity is every brand’s biggest unfair advantage. As Creative Partner, Bex’s focus at BC&F Dentsu is on cultivating distinctive creativity across our people and projects.

Dr Matt Mollgaard
Head of Department: Radio & Audio Media - AUT
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Dr Matt Mollgaard has over 30 years involvement with radio as a broadcaster, manager, creative and academic. Matt is Head of the Department of Radio & Audio Media at AUT and teaches audio writing, performance and research skills. He publishes on radio and associated topics and travels the world to speak and hear about radio and audio media. Matt started Bayrock FM in the Bay of Plenty and has a cat called Miffy.

JP Twaalfhoven
Senior Writer - Clemenger BBDO
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JP is a thinker and tinkerer. Whether creating infinite possibilities to keep pedestrians alert in The Conscious Crossing. Turning graphic seatbelt wounds into stoic badges of honour in Belted Survivors. Weaving history’s most iconic voices together in bold new speech, Gen Less. Leveraging topical moments to deliver the perils of trains with Look Right, Look Left. Or intersecting medicine and fashion with co-founded company KYT Bags.

James Mok
Managing Director - VMLY&R Auckland

Before taking the MD role at VMLY&R, James was the NZ Chief Creative Officer and APAC Executive Creative Director at FCB. Prior to that James was a founding creative partner at indie agency, Generator, and held creative roles at Saatchi & Saatchi, Clemenger Australia and HKM. James was a founding member of FCB’s global creative council and has judged at Cannes Lions, D&AD, Clios and AWARD.

Leisa Wall
Executive Creative Director - FCB

An avid collector, Leisa has business cards from Ogilvy, Lowe Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi and FCB, where Leisa has led the way for the last 10 years. She’s also amassed an impressive array of paperweights from Axis, Cannes, D&AD, AWARD, One Show, Spikes and was once voted “Most likely to be really really good at advertising”.

Bex Radford
Creative Partner - BC&F Dentsu

Bex is a new breed of creative leader who looks beyond traditional solutions. After more than a decade of building global brands and leading multidisciplinary teams, she’s convinced creativity is every brand’s biggest unfair advantage. As Creative Partner, Bex’s focus at BC&F Dentsu is on cultivating distinctive creativity across our people and projects.

Dr Matt Mollgaard
Head of Department: Radio & Audio Media - AUT

Dr Matt Mollgaard has over 30 years involvement with radio as a broadcaster, manager, creative and academic. Matt is Head of the Department of Radio & Audio Media at AUT and teaches audio writing, performance and research skills. He publishes on radio and associated topics and travels the world to speak and hear about radio and audio media. Matt started Bayrock FM in the Bay of Plenty and has a cat called Miffy.

JP Twaalfhoven
Senior Writer - Clemenger BBDO

JP is a thinker and tinkerer. Whether creating infinite possibilities to keep pedestrians alert in The Conscious Crossing. Turning graphic seatbelt wounds into stoic badges of honour in Belted Survivors. Weaving history’s most iconic voices together in bold new speech, Gen Less. Leveraging topical moments to deliver the perils of trains with Look Right, Look Left. Or intersecting medicine and fashion with co-founded company KYT Bags.

James Mok
Managing Director - VMLY&R Auckland
Meet James

Before taking the MD role at VMLY&R, James was the NZ Chief Creative Officer and APAC Executive Creative Director at FCB. Prior to that James was a founding creative partner at indie agency, Generator, and held creative roles at Saatchi & Saatchi, Clemenger Australia and HKM. James was a founding member of FCB’s global creative council and has judged at Cannes Lions, D&AD, Clios and AWARD.

Leisa Wall
Executive Creative Director - FCB
Meet Leisa

An avid collector, Leisa has business cards from Ogilvy, Lowe Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi and FCB, where Leisa has led the way for the last 10 years. She’s also amassed an impressive array of paperweights from Axis, Cannes, D&AD, AWARD, One Show, Spikes and was once voted “Most likely to be really really good at advertising”.

Bex Radford
Creative Partner - BC&F Dentsu
Meet Bex

Bex is a new breed of creative leader who looks beyond traditional solutions. After more than a decade of building global brands and leading multidisciplinary teams, she’s convinced creativity is every brand’s biggest unfair advantage. As Creative Partner, Bex’s focus at BC&F Dentsu is on cultivating distinctive creativity across our people and projects.

Dr Matt Mollgaard
Head of Department: Radio & Audio Media - AUT
Meet Dr

Dr Matt Mollgaard has over 30 years involvement with radio as a broadcaster, manager, creative and academic. Matt is Head of the Department of Radio & Audio Media at AUT and teaches audio writing, performance and research skills. He publishes on radio and associated topics and travels the world to speak and hear about radio and audio media. Matt started Bayrock FM in the Bay of Plenty and has a cat called Miffy.

JP Twaalfhoven
Senior Writer - Clemenger BBDO
Meet JP

JP is a thinker and tinkerer. Whether creating infinite possibilities to keep pedestrians alert in The Conscious Crossing. Turning graphic seatbelt wounds into stoic badges of honour in Belted Survivors. Weaving history’s most iconic voices together in bold new speech, Gen Less. Leveraging topical moments to deliver the perils of trains with Look Right, Look Left. Or intersecting medicine and fashion with co-founded company KYT Bags.

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Entries close 29 June 2020 at 5pm

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