This year’s D&AD award winners see director Kim Gehrig take home the top prize, while AMV BBDO wins ad agency of the year

This year’s D&AD awards results have been announced with Kim Gehrig taking the top prize. The Somesuch director received the President’s Awards at last night’s awards and elsewhere, a total of 664 pencils were awarded including three Black, 63 Yellow, 190 Graphite, 390 Wood, two Hustle, five Future Impact, nine Next and two Collaborative. The three Black Pencils were awarded to work addressing important social issues. This included work around the Black Lives Matter movement, transgender identities and stigma around menstruation.
The Black Pencil’s recipients include AMV BBDO’s #wombstories, an advert for Bodyform and directed by Nisha Ganatra. Featuring a handful of animators including Haein Kim, Kate Isobel Scott, Laura Jayne Hodkin and Roos Matter, the acclaimed ad uses a diverse mix of animation styles to tell a wide range of stories about wombs. Delving into how wombs can bring great pain, sadness, joy, life and pleasure, the Black Pencil winner brings together women animators from across the world to tell their stories and “break taboos around the experiences of people with wombs.”
The digital ceremony took place last night (27 May 2021), the second virtual event in a row for D&AD. In a press release, the awards bodies stated it was “proud to see that despite an unprecedented year for the creative industries, the standard of work submitted reached the same exceptional level.” With this in mind, D&AD handed out a whopping three Black pencils, its highest accolade “reserved only for truly groundbreaking work.”
Elsewhere at the awards, AMV BBDO won advertising agency the year while Collins won design agency of the year. Taking home production company of the year was Division, while Apple was named client of the year. DDB Worldwide was also announced network of the year. For the fifth year in the row, the United States came top of the country rankings followed by the UK and France.