D&AD has cancelled its annual festival, which was scheduled for May 2020. The D&AD Awards will still go ahead, with judging taking place virtually (for most categories). The entry deadline has been extended to 3 April and the eligibility period to 19 April, while digital submissions are now available for all categories.
Patrick Burgoyne, CEO, D&AD, said, "No one needs to be told we are living in an unprecedented crisis - a strange and frightening drama being played out in all too familiar surroundings. But the evidence from Asia says we will emerge at the other side and normal life will return; perhaps a more thoughtful normality than before."
He added, "As we all make our way through as best we can, we need to get things in perspective. At D&AD, as everywhere else, our priority is the health and well-being of our people; then to address some of the challenges facing the organisation as well as we can in the circumstances. But, we believe that the best work of the last twelve months still deserves to be awarded. Our distinguished jurors will assemble - digitally of course - to judge this years' entries (though we are hopeful that in-person judging will still take place for some categories). And we are exploring new ways of celebrating our Pencil winners with our community, wherever you are."