Loeries Releases 2018 Official Rankings


Award-LoerieThe Loeries has released its annual Official Rankings which provide a comprehensive overview of the performance across the advertising and brand communications industry throughout Africa and the Middle East based on performance at the 2018 Loerie Awards, held in Durban in August.

This year, for the first time, the Loeries included points for Finalists in calculating its Official Rankings. In the past, points were only awarded for Bronze winners and above.

“While there can be many ways of analysing any competition, we have provided a thorough and fair process to accurately report on the results of the awards,” says Loeries CEO Andrew Human who believes that the inclusion of Finalists has had a positive impact on small agencies and countries in the region by giving them recognition for their achievements.

This year Sanlam is the top brand, having won 16 Loeries, including a Grand Prix. Chicken Licken and Kimberly-Clark take second and third place respectively.

Mariska Oosthuizen, Head of Brand at Sanlam is the top brand representative, followed by her colleague Kelly Driscoll. John Clark and Morné van Emmenes of Kimberly-Clark ranked third and fourth and Chantal Sombonos van Tonder from Chicken Licken, placed fifth.

The top three Agencies are: Joe Public United, Impact BBDO Dubai and King James Group; and the top three Regional Agency Groups are: TBWA\, Ogilvy EMEA and Joe Public United.

From the region excluding South Africa, the top three places go to Impact BBDO Dubai, TBWA\RAAD in the UAE and TBWA\Istanbul in Turkey. Other countries included in the top 20 regional agency rankings are: Angola, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Namibia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.

Joe Public United has taken the top position in the large agency category, while King James II has the highest ranking among medium-sized agencies, and Utopia tops the small agency table.

The top three ranked Chief Creative Officers for 2018 are Joe Public United’s Pepe Marais and Xolisa Dyeshana in joint first place, followed by Pete Case of Ogilvy Johannesburg who is ranked third. King James Group tops the table for Executive Creative Directors with Devin Kennedy and Dan Pinch ranking first and second respectively, followed by Gordon Ray from M&C Saatchi Abel in the third spot.

AAA School of Advertising is the top educational institution. The Open Window, Vega, North-West University and the University of Johannesburg follow to make up the top five in the category.


Rank Name

1 Sanlam

2 Chicken Licken

3 Kimberly-Clark

4 Nando’s

5 La Libanaise Des Jeux

6 Joburg Ballet

7 AB InBev

8 Landmark Group

9 Toyota

10 Louvre Abu Dhabi

11 Fear and Fantasy Festival

12 Flight Centre

13 vUnilever

14 Pernod Ricard South Africa

15 GreatStock

16 Nedbank

17 Nissan

18 Tiger Brands

19 Explorers Club

20 M-Agriculture

Overall Rankling By Agency 2018

Rank Agency Country

1 Joe Public United South Africa

2 Impact BBDO Dubai United Arab Emirates

3 King James Group South Africa

4 TBWA Hunt Lascaris Jo’burg South Africa

5 M&C Saatchi Abel South Africa

6 Ogilvy Johannesburg South Africa

7 TBWA\RAAD United Arab Emirates

8 Ogilvy Cape Town South Africa

9 FCB Johannesburg South Africa

10 TBWA\Istanbul Turkey

11 VML South Africa South Africa

12 King James II South Africa

13 Grid Worldwide South Africa

14 Net#work BBDO South Africa

15 Scanad Kenya

16 Digitas Liquorice South Africa

17 Utopia South Africa

18 Meow Meow Woof South Africa

19 Ogilvy & Mather Africa Kenya

20 Horizon FCB Dubai United Arab Emirates

The OVERALL ranking includes agencies from across the region – Africa & the Middle East – as well as international agencies that produced work to be flighted within the region.

Ranking By Regional Agency Group 2018

Rank Name


2 Ogilvy EMEA

3 Joe Public United


5 King James Group


7 M&C Saatchi


9 WPP Scangroup

10 Publicis

The Regional Agency Group ranking is for the group networks across Africa and the Middle East.

The Loeries has been rewarding creativity for 40 years. As Africa and the Middle East’s premier award that recognises, rewards, inspires and fosters creative excellence in the advertising and brand communication industry, winning a Loerie is the highest accolade for creativity and innovation across our region. The Loeries, a proudly not-for-profit company, promotes and supports creativity by helping marketers, agencies and consumers appreciate the value of fresh thinking, innovative ideas and outstanding execution.

Culminating in the biggest creative gathering in the region, Loeries Creative Week brings together the best innovative minds from our industry for a festival that offers networking, creative inspiration and the recognition of great work.

The creative economy across Africa and the Middle East is world-class and has great potential to offer employment to our talented youth, and the Loeries places a significant emphasis on education and development.

The full rankings, available on loeries.com, includes more tables on specialist agencies, production companies and individual credits.

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