AIVA Jurors Look Back on The Season

The work submitted to this year’s w3 Awards was some of the most impressive our jury has ever reviewed. We asked some of our AIVA jurors to share their thoughts on the work this season.

Andrew Mendez-Spera, MS CTA
Tipsy Social

“Judging the 2023 w3 Awards was both an honor and an eye-opener. Each year, the bar is set higher, and this year was no exception—exceptional talent, innovative approaches, and cutting-edge strategies were on full display. It’s exhilarating to see how the industry continues to evolve, and this year’s entries give me great optimism for the future of digital marketing.”

Marco Feng
“I had the privilege of serving as a judge for the 18th Annual W3 Awards, and it was an awe-inspiring experience. The caliber of work submitted this year was nothing short of exceptional. Companies and organizations like Bank of America, Cartier, and the U.S. Virgin Islands showcased their absolute best, pushing creative boundaries and setting new industry standards. The dedication and innovation these entrants demonstrated were remarkable, making the judging process both exhilarating and challenging. It’s heartening to witness such diverse talents and ideas converging to create digital excellence, reaffirming my belief in the limitless possibilities of content, design, and user experience.”

Don Cowan
Director/Executive Producer,
ICom Creative Corp

“It has been a rewarding experience judging the work this season and getting to see the amazing effort that goes into each entry. Being able to evaluate and appreciate the variety of work submitted has been a rewarding and enriching experience. It’s a privilege to encourage individuals to continue pushing the boundaries of their capabilities and see how technology just makes everything better. The entries have been amazing!”

Dr. Susan Kehoe
Executive Director, Academic Strategies,
Adjunct Professor, Film & Video Studies, George Mason University

“The educational opportunities judging the Annual w3 awards offers are unmatched.  As a member of the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA), I have the honor of watching/listening to/experiencing the best work on the web, on mobile sites, in video and emerging technologies. I highlight those exceptional works in my classes.  As a result, my students have the unique advantage of learning from global media leaders.”

Dan Ferguson
Partner and Co-Founder,
Groove Jones

“Judging for the different AIVA awards this season was a great experience. The AIVA truly represents the pinnacle of creativity in the visual arts domain. I was particularly excited by the progressive and innovative strides in the AR and AI sectors by the agencies and brands that submitted this year. These submissions not only showcased technical prowess but also a vision for the future that is just beginning. Kudos to all participants for pushing the boundaries and presenting such remarkable work.”

Alfred Wee
Executive Creative Director,
McCann Worldgroup Singapore

“Serving on the jury panel for the w3 Awards was an honour and a truly
fulfilling experience. The works presented were exceptional, showcasing creativity and innovation. The winning entries displayed a profound understanding of the digital landscape, setting them apart and leaving a lasting impression on me.”

James Naleski
Creative Director,
Legacy Productions

“Being a part of this evaluation process has been a true privilege. The talent and passion displayed by the artists this year remind me of their remarkable ability to create works that inspire and resonate deeply with their communities. Each winning piece conveyed a powerful story, making this journey an honor and a source of inspiration.”