THE OUTSTANDING RADIO CREATIVE AWARDS

Finalists Announced

People’s Choice Award voting has now closed

The Grand ORCA

$10,000 cash prize

$10,000 radio schedule for the client

Invite to an exclusive lunch for finalists

The People's Choice

$2,000 cash prize

$5,000 radio schedule for the client

Invite to an exclusive lunch for finalists

Multiple Awards and Categories

Who will win?

All finalists will be invited to an exclusive lunch on August 12th, where the winner of the 2021 Grand ORCA and People’s Choice Award will be presented.

Voting for the People's Choice Award has now closed!

Congratulations to Camille Stewart for winning the JBL Live Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones.
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Our 2021 ORCA Judging Panel

Who's picking the Grand ORCA?

Maria Devereux
Executive Creative Director - Colenso BBDO
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Maria is Executive Creative Director at Colenso BBDO in New Zealand, recently named Cannes Lions agency of the decade for the Pacific Region. Having started her career at Colenso BBDO as a designer, she’s since worked in creative roles both locally and internationally on a range of clients including Google, BMW/MINI, Air New Zealand, Viagra Canada and MARS Global Petcare.


In 2019 she was named in Adweek’s Creative 100 and in 2020 she co-created a leadership program designed to bring empathy to the way we work and lead. She is a passionate member of the Mentally Healthy Change Group in Australasia and was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence at Campaign Asia’s Women Leading Change Awards. She’s collected over 100 international and local awards for her work at multiple shows including two One Show Grand Prix and three One Show Gold for her work on Pedigree SelfieSTIX.

Ralph Van Dijk
Founder and Executive Creative Director - Eardrum
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Ralph is a world authority on effective radio, audio content and audio branding.


He started his career as an agency writer winning a Clio Award for one of his first radio ads. He got the hint and has specialised in audio ever since.


Ralph founded Eardrum in London in 1990 and launched Eardrum’s Australian agency in 2006. It is now the most awarded audio agency in the world, producing effective campaigns, audio branding and audio content for advertisers and their agencies around the world.

Lisa Fedyszyn
Executive Creative Director - Special Group
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Australia, New Zealand, USA, New Zealand. No matter where she goes, Lisa’s student loan still waits for her. So, she keeps working, as Executive Creative Director of Special Group, New Zealand’s leading independent agency network.



Lisa has created the “Most entertaining recruitment film” (and most successful) for the New Zealand Police, which ­­­­saw the largest intake of female and diverse recruits ever. She found a stunt that was even too dangerous for stuntwoman Zoe Bell to perform, for Auckland Transport. She’s humiliated one of Australia's most celebrated sportsmen for McDonald's, and once squeezed 60 scenes into a 60 second film for SKY. She has also charged male politicians 10% more than women for their morning coffee to bring awareness to pay inequality, and has hidden novels in Word and PowerPoint documents so employees can read books at work.


For two years she was National Head of AWARD School in New Zealand which prepared her for nurturing talent. she has judged at Cannes, Clio, Spikes, New York Festivals, London Internationals, Young Guns and AWARD juries. And last year Lisa was Convenor of Judges for AXIS. Her work has won awards at Effies, Cannes, D&AD, One Show, Clio, Webbys, and two Best In Shows at Axis. And when she was young, Lisa was named in Young Guns Top 10 Creatives of the Decade.

Tony Clewett
Chief Creative Officer - Federation
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After more than 20 years working for network agencies, including CCO for FCB NZ, Tony is relishing the opportunity to lead the independent charge - this really is NZ’s time to shine after all. Over his career he’s won awards at all the big shows, and proudly at the local ones too, as well as being invited to judge most of them – Cannes, D&AD, One Show and AWARD. His five day stint on the Cannes Lion jury listening to back-to-back radio ads in the blistering heat makes him think he’s prepped for the Orcas. Just.

Kim Ellison
Creative Director - Stanley St
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Since 1998, Kim has been creating award-winning campaigns in NZ for some of the country’s best-loved brands, and continues to do so as Creative Director at indie agency Stanley St.



From her first role as copywriter, Kim rose to the ranks of ECD at Grey in 2000 and CD at Ogilvy in 2004, as one of New Zealand’s first female Creative Directors.



She has fond memories of winning the door prize of a trip to Sydney at a previous ORCA celebration. Fingers crossed for this one.

Maria Devereux
Executive Creative Director - Colenso BBDO

Maria is Executive Creative Director at Colenso BBDO in New Zealand, recently named Cannes Lions agency of the decade for the Pacific Region. Having started her career at Colenso BBDO as a designer, she’s since worked in creative roles both locally and internationally on a range of clients including Google, BMW/MINI, Air New Zealand, Viagra Canada and MARS Global Petcare.


In 2019 she was named in Adweek’s Creative 100 and in 2020 she co-created a leadership program designed to bring empathy to the way we work and lead. She is a passionate member of the Mentally Healthy Change Group in Australasia and was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence at Campaign Asia’s Women Leading Change Awards. She’s collected over 100 international and local awards for her work at multiple shows including two One Show Grand Prix and three One Show Gold for her work on Pedigree SelfieSTIX.

Ralph Van Dijk
Founder and Executive Creative Director - Eardrum

Ralph is a world authority on effective radio, audio content and audio branding.


He started his career as an agency writer winning a Clio Award for one of his first radio ads. He got the hint and has specialised in audio ever since.


Ralph founded Eardrum in London in 1990 and launched Eardrum’s Australian agency in 2006. It is now the most awarded audio agency in the world, producing effective campaigns, audio branding and audio content for advertisers and their agencies around the world.

Lisa Fedyszyn
Executive Creative Director - Special Group

Australia, New Zealand, USA, New Zealand. No matter where she goes, Lisa’s student loan still waits for her. So, she keeps working, as Executive Creative Director of Special Group, New Zealand’s leading independent agency network.



Lisa has created the “Most entertaining recruitment film” (and most successful) for the New Zealand Police, which ­­­­saw the largest intake of female and diverse recruits ever. She found a stunt that was even too dangerous for stuntwoman Zoe Bell to perform, for Auckland Transport. She’s humiliated one of Australia's most celebrated sportsmen for McDonald's, and once squeezed 60 scenes into a 60 second film for SKY. She has also charged male politicians 10% more than women for their morning coffee to bring awareness to pay inequality, and has hidden novels in Word and PowerPoint documents so employees can read books at work.


For two years she was National Head of AWARD School in New Zealand which prepared her for nurturing talent. she has judged at Cannes, Clio, Spikes, New York Festivals, London Internationals, Young Guns and AWARD juries. And last year Lisa was Convenor of Judges for AXIS. Her work has won awards at Effies, Cannes, D&AD, One Show, Clio, Webbys, and two Best In Shows at Axis. And when she was young, Lisa was named in Young Guns Top 10 Creatives of the Decade.

Tony Clewett
Chief Creative Officer - Federation

After more than 20 years working for network agencies, including CCO for FCB NZ, Tony is relishing the opportunity to lead the independent charge - this really is NZ’s time to shine after all. Over his career he’s won awards at all the big shows, and proudly at the local ones too, as well as being invited to judge most of them – Cannes, D&AD, One Show and AWARD. His five day stint on the Cannes Lion jury listening to back-to-back radio ads in the blistering heat makes him think he’s prepped for the Orcas. Just.

Kim Ellison
Creative Director - Stanley St

Since 1998, Kim has been creating award-winning campaigns in NZ for some of the country’s best-loved brands, and continues to do so as Creative Director at indie agency Stanley St.



From her first role as copywriter, Kim rose to the ranks of ECD at Grey in 2000 and CD at Ogilvy in 2004, as one of New Zealand’s first female Creative Directors.



She has fond memories of winning the door prize of a trip to Sydney at a previous ORCA celebration. Fingers crossed for this one.

Maria Devereux
Executive Creative Director - Colenso BBDO
Meet Maria

Maria is Executive Creative Director at Colenso BBDO in New Zealand, recently named Cannes Lions agency of the decade for the Pacific Region. Having started her career at Colenso BBDO as a designer, she’s since worked in creative roles both locally and internationally on a range of clients including Google, BMW/MINI, Air New Zealand, Viagra Canada and MARS Global Petcare.


In 2019 she was named in Adweek’s Creative 100 and in 2020 she co-created a leadership program designed to bring empathy to the way we work and lead. She is a passionate member of the Mentally Healthy Change Group in Australasia and was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence at Campaign Asia’s Women Leading Change Awards. She’s collected over 100 international and local awards for her work at multiple shows including two One Show Grand Prix and three One Show Gold for her work on Pedigree SelfieSTIX.

Ralph Van Dijk
Founder and Executive Creative Director - Eardrum
Meet Ralph

Ralph is a world authority on effective radio, audio content and audio branding.


He started his career as an agency writer winning a Clio Award for one of his first radio ads. He got the hint and has specialised in audio ever since.


Ralph founded Eardrum in London in 1990 and launched Eardrum’s Australian agency in 2006. It is now the most awarded audio agency in the world, producing effective campaigns, audio branding and audio content for advertisers and their agencies around the world.

Lisa Fedyszyn
Executive Creative Director - Special Group
Meet Lisa

Australia, New Zealand, USA, New Zealand. No matter where she goes, Lisa’s student loan still waits for her. So, she keeps working, as Executive Creative Director of Special Group, New Zealand’s leading independent agency network.



Lisa has created the “Most entertaining recruitment film” (and most successful) for the New Zealand Police, which ­­­­saw the largest intake of female and diverse recruits ever. She found a stunt that was even too dangerous for stuntwoman Zoe Bell to perform, for Auckland Transport. She’s humiliated one of Australia's most celebrated sportsmen for McDonald's, and once squeezed 60 scenes into a 60 second film for SKY. She has also charged male politicians 10% more than women for their morning coffee to bring awareness to pay inequality, and has hidden novels in Word and PowerPoint documents so employees can read books at work.


For two years she was National Head of AWARD School in New Zealand which prepared her for nurturing talent. she has judged at Cannes, Clio, Spikes, New York Festivals, London Internationals, Young Guns and AWARD juries. And last year Lisa was Convenor of Judges for AXIS. Her work has won awards at Effies, Cannes, D&AD, One Show, Clio, Webbys, and two Best In Shows at Axis. And when she was young, Lisa was named in Young Guns Top 10 Creatives of the Decade.

Tony Clewett
Chief Creative Officer - Federation
Meet Tony

After more than 20 years working for network agencies, including CCO for FCB NZ, Tony is relishing the opportunity to lead the independent charge - this really is NZ’s time to shine after all. Over his career he’s won awards at all the big shows, and proudly at the local ones too, as well as being invited to judge most of them – Cannes, D&AD, One Show and AWARD. His five day stint on the Cannes Lion jury listening to back-to-back radio ads in the blistering heat makes him think he’s prepped for the Orcas. Just.

Kim Ellison
Creative Director - Stanley St
Meet Kim

Since 1998, Kim has been creating award-winning campaigns in NZ for some of the country’s best-loved brands, and continues to do so as Creative Director at indie agency Stanley St.



From her first role as copywriter, Kim rose to the ranks of ECD at Grey in 2000 and CD at Ogilvy in 2004, as one of New Zealand’s first female Creative Directors.



She has fond memories of winning the door prize of a trip to Sydney at a previous ORCA celebration. Fingers crossed for this one.