About

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Who we are

The creative prize judged by journalists

Established in 1987, Epica is unique as it is the only creative prize judged by the press.  More than 200 magazines and websites from around the world are on our jury.

Epica offers links with and exposure to an unrivaled network of journalists who are specialists in their field, and receives thousands of entries every year from over 70 countries.

Epica’s aim is to reward outstanding creativity whether it comes from agencies, media consultancies, PR , marketing or tech firms, production houses, design studios or individual artists, to develop their reputations beyond their national borders.

IMPARTIALITY

Unlike a jury of creatives, journalists are immune to politics. With no conflict of interest, they are truly independent experts.
Therefore an Epica Award is objective evidence of creative excellence.

PRESS COVERAGE

The press sees the work of all entrants. A PR advantage from the start. The jury has exclusive permission to publish the results.

History

A lot has changed since the birth of the Epica Awards. But from the very beginning, every entry has been judged on the strength of the creative idea and the quality of its execution.

The Epica Awards were created in 1987 by former ad man Andrew Rawlins. And like the world’s best advertising, Epica sprang out of a great idea. The jury would be recruited not from the advertising industry, but from the trade press. Reporters who spent their lives analysing and critiquing communications would have a chance to honour creativity in their sector. This was unprecedented.


Today, Epica is open to the creative community worldwide and judged by more than 200 journalists from magazines and websites across the globe. Back at the start, the jury was 15 strong and the prizes were presented at the Brussels headquarters of the European Commission.

The very first Grand Prix went to the London agency Boase Massimi Pollitt for a TV spot for the Guardian newspaper. The Paris agency Creative Business won the pan-European prize for a campaign for Louis Vuitton.

As is still the case today, the winners were featured in the inaugural edition of the Epica Book, a luxurious publication sent out free of charge to all who enter.

Benefits

Entering the Epica Awards gives you access to our network of journalists and a chance to gain extensive PR coverage. Each year, the awards generate a healthy stack of news articles and press clippings.

Epica allows your work to be judged by an independent and unbiased jury, whose members combine the objectivity of the public with the critical gaze of experts.

Over the years, work that has won its first award at Epica has gone on to reap prizes at other creative awards throughout the season, confirming that Epica is a barometer of industry trends.

Entrants to Epica receive a copy of the Epica Book, a sumptuous bible of creativity and a source of inspiration, published by Bloomsbury.

Beyond the awards, Epica’s mission is to act as the intersection between the worlds of creativity and journalism.

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Jury

Part of what has made the Epica Awards stand out for 30 years is its jury. The Epica Awards is the only global creative prize judged by journalists. The backbone of this unique group is made up of senior editors and leading journalists from the most prestigious trade press titles in over 50 countries. Over the years, Epica has expanded to include specialized titles voting on specific categories related to their industry, as well as online publications and influencers. Their common denominator: an objective and unbiased expertise as long-standing observers of creativity and innovation.

Stratégies
France
Adweek
United States
Lürzer's Int'l Archive
Germany
Campaign
United Kingdom
Horizont
Germany
Campaign Brief
Australia
PR Week
United Kingdom
Ad Addict
Thailand
AdIndex
Russian Federation
Adobo Magazine
Philippines
Ad Stasher
Canada
Advertology
Russian Federation
ArabAd
Lebanon
Artful Living
United States
Autoblog
United States
Autocar
United Kingdom
Autopista
Spain
Best-Marketing
Estonia
Adformatie
Netherlands
Biz
Romania
Bizcommunity
South Africa
Blue Bus
Brazil
Brain
Japan
BrandCrunch
Nigeria
Branding in Asia
United States
Brand News
Italy
Briefing
Portugal
Bulb!
Chile
Business Insider
United States
Business Insider NL
Netherlands
+Design
Greece
Campaign Turkey
Turkey
careta.my
Malaysia
Carwitter
United Kingdom
CB News
France
CIO Magazine
Netherlands
Communicate
United Arab Emirates
Cominmag
Switzerland
CNET
United States
CNET en Español
United States
CNET's Roadshow
United States
Connery Magazine
Denmark
Código Jan-Ken-Po
Peru
COLOURlovers
Israel
Creativepool
United Kingdom
Creative Review
United Kingdom
c't Magazin für Computertechnik
Germany
Culture Pub
France
Dagens Media
Sweden
Dagens Nyheter
Sweden
Digiday USA
United States
Dinheiro Vivo
Portugal
Dolce Vita
Canada
eKapija
Serbia
Electric Drive
Germany
El Programa de la Publicidad
Spain
EMA
Estonia
Entrepreneur magazine
United States
exchange4media
India
Extradienst
Austria
Flat-Out Magazine
United Kingdom
Foodable Network
United States
Forbes.com
United States
Forbes Portugal
Portugal
Grenier aux nouvelles
Canada
Högsta Växeln
Sweden
Hypergrid Business
United States
HORIZONT Österreich
Austria
Hot Digital
Russian Federation
IMJ + Adworld.ie
Ireland
Indian Express
India
Influencia
France
Infopresse
Canada
InformationWeek
United States
Insider Latam
Argentina
Insights Magazine
Ecuador
Internet World
Austria
J'ai un pote dans la com (Blog)
France
Janela Publicitária
Brazil
Jazarah
United Arab Emirates
Joe La Pompe
France
Kampanje
Norway
Kreativ
Hungary
La República
Costa Rica
Les Echos Week End
France
Little Big Animation
France
LLLLITL
France
M+AD!
New Zealand
MAM Marketing&Media
Czech Republic
Marcomm News
United Kingdom
Marie Claire France
France
Marketing365
Macedonia
Marketing Directo
Spain
Marketing Edge
Nigeria
Marketing Magazin
Slovenia
Marketing Magazine
Malaysia
Marketing Mreža
Serbia
Marketing Türkiye
Turkey
Marketing Week
Greece
Markkinointi & Mainonta
Finland
Mediafeed.pl
Poland
Meedia
Germany
MarkLives.com
South Africa
Media Daily
Croatia
Media Marketing
Bosnia And Herzegovina
Media Marketing (MM)
Belgium
MediaVillage.com
United States
media update
South Africa
mind Media
France
Modern Advertising
China
NC Nuova Comunicazione
Italy
NEO
Mexico
New Business
Germany
P&M
Colombia
Page One
Nigeria
Persönlich
Switzerland
Press
Poland
Professional Photo
United Kingdom
Profit
Pakistan
Propmark
Brazil
PUB
Belgium
Touchpoint
Italy
Quartz
United States
RadioPub
France
Reclame TV
Brazil
Reporte Publicidad
Argentina
Roast Brief
Mexico
Resumé
Sweden
RT Russia Today
Russian Federation
Rusbase
Russian Federation
Shots
United Kingdom
SHP+
China
SITEMARCA
Argentina
Slanted Publishers
Germany
Sostav Ukraine
Ukraine
Strategy
Canada
Stratégie
Slovakia
TID & tendenser
Denmark
The Arabian Marketer
United Arab Emirates
The Australian
Australia
The Drum
United Kingdom
The Globe and Mail
Canada
The Ringer
United States
Times Auto
India
USTA Magazyn
Poland
Webdesigner Trends
France
Werben & Verkaufen
Germany
Werbewoche
Switzerland
Worldofad.asia
Kazahstan
Youmark!
Italy
ZDNet - Technically Incorrect
United States
Campaign India
India
Mobile Marketing
United Kingdom
AdAsia
Singapore
AdForum
United States
Al-Akhbar
Canada
Automoblog
United States
Automotiveblog
United Kingdom
Digital Production
Germany
CO&CO - Corporate & Collection
Germany
Design made in Germany
Germany
Sportsmarketing.fr
France
AdPulp
United States
IAA MarcommPub
Central & West Asia
Marketing Dive
United States
MarketingTribune
Netherlands
Modalina
Canada
OOH!
Germany
Ninja Marketing
Italy
AdHugger
Denmark
adbusiness
Greece
Gervois Magazine
United States
Root+Bone
United Kingdom
Digital Synopsis
India
Gourmet Traveller
Australia
VRODO-Magazin für Mixed Reality
Germany
4c Magazin
Austria
Stash Magazine
Canada
Marketing.by
Belarus
Marketing PGC
France
Talpa Radio
Netherlands
10and5.com
South Africa
BEO Branded Entertainment Online
Germany
MPE-Média
France
Brain Taiwan
Taiwan
The Stable
Australia
fizzz
Germany
AR/VR Magazine
United States
Indie Hoy
Argentina
The Luxury Collection
Montenegro
Markedsføring
Denmark
Designlovr
Germany
Magazine PHOTOGRAPHIE
Germany
The Holmes Report
United States
Marketing Directo
Mexico
Music Ally
United Kingdom
Peopleofdesign
Russian Federation
Alternatives Journal
Canada
FrontRowSociety - The Magazine
Germany
SocialBeta
China
The Current Daily
United States
FONK Magazine
Netherlands
Leonardo
Peru
ActusMédias
Canada
BrandPackaging
United States
Daily Squib
United Kingdom
Adland.tv
United States
Arts et culture
Canada
Brand Buffet
Thailand
Media & Marketing Polska
Poland
Wall-Street.ro
Romania
Focus on Animation
France
AdPage
Ukraine
Eastwind Marketing
Spain
communication agroalimentaire
France
MediaKey.tv
Italy
Brief.pl
Poland
Tarek Chemaly
Lebanon
The Next Gear
Ireland
AdPlayers.ro
Romania
Association.by
Belarus
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Testimonials

This selection was not made by creatives and ad people. It was made by journalists. Experienced journalists with their own point of view about what’s relevant, what’s strong, what’s famous.

Stephan Vogel, Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy EMEA

Journalists make good judges because they bring objectivity and a lack of bias that you might not find among other jurors around the world.

Jeremy Lee, Consulting Editor, Campaign

The Epica Awards are a celebration of curiosity. Judged by journalists; the people whose very profession demands them to be relentlessly curious.

Matt Eastwood, Global Chief Creative Officer, McCann Health

A great journalist is unbiased, and a great journalist cares deeply. What better group of people to judge an advertising show?... There is no show where your work will be more thoroughly investigated by a more unbiased and more influential audience.

Tor Myhren, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of Grey and President of Grey New York

I truly believe creativity is the driving force behind our business, and I always will be a champion of it. I’d like to thank Epica and the journalists who’ve helped highlight and celebrate game-changing ideas that ultimately build brand success.

Mark Tutssel, Executive Chairman of Leo Burnett

Work that points the way to the advertising of tomorrow.

Olivier Altmann, Co-Founder, Altmann + Pacreau

Standards for new thinking, for intelligent problem solving and for refreshing insights.

Amir Kassaei, Chief Creative Officer, DDB Group, Germany

A palpable excitement hangs in the air as we seek something stellar. That’s the Epica Awards.

Masako Okamura, Executive Creative Director, Dentsu Vietnam

It is journalism that ensures that the stories behind groundbreaking creative ideas are shared publicly...I look forward to being challenged by the brilliant creative ideas featured on the pages of publications such as Epica for years to come.

Kate Stanners, Chairwoman and Global Chief Creative Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi

Brands with the most famous advertising and communications will be more famous, and brands with forgettable ideas will be forgotten. And we all know where the smart brands want to be.

José Miguel Sokoloff, President of the Lowe Global Creative Council and Chief Creative Officer of Lowe/SSPS, Bogotá

In a very crowded awards sector Epica is unique because it’s the only awards programme judged strictly by journalists. Not only that, but they are journalists from across the globe, so everyone brings their own perspective and knowledge of their individual markets, which makes for some very interesting insights and discussions.

Minda Smiley, Agencies Reporter, Adweek

Epica is about respect for creatives. If you take every Epica Book since 1987, it’s like a history of modern creative thinking. At a time when everything is online, in the cloud, digital – and therefore forgotten too fast – the Epica Book is something you can rely on.

Marjan Novak, Partner, Marketing Magazin

If we respect the people we are advertising to, we have to respect the trade press as partners, and not as messengers.

Piyush Pandey, Chief Creative Officer Worldwide, Ogilvy

A journalistic point of view gives us an outside perspective and almost brings the voice of the people into the conversations.

Rachna Dhall, Creative Director, Iris

Recognition from the Epica jury is particularly meaningful because validation from journalists is critical to the network. It considers media coverage an important gauge of its work’s cultural impact – and impact is one of the group's top objectives.

Adrian Botan, Chief Creative Officer Europe, McCann Worldgroup

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Store

If you would like to order

  • A duplicate of your original trophy
  • A duplicate of your certificate
  • An Epica Book
  • A Brand tribute

You’re in the right place! Just download and fill out the form below.

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Then email it to us at shop@epica-awards.com

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Contact

Epica awards - 112 bis, rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris – France