BBDO/Proximity, JWT, McCann Worldgroup, Ogilvy & Mather and TBWA will fight it out for Media magazine's creative agency of the year honours. Media magazine is the sister title of Campaign India, and is owned by the Haymarket Media Group.
Meanwhile, the contest for media agency of the year is down to MediaCom, Mediaedge:cia, Mindshare, OMD and ZenithOptimedia.
The shortlists have been drawn up after the first round of judging by a panel of client marketers and Media's senior editorial staff. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Singapore on 10 December.
Shortlisted for digital agency of the year are Agenda, Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide, MRM Worldwide, OgilvyOne and Proximity/BBDO. Still in contention for independent agency of the year are Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Cosmo Public Relations, Interakt Active Communications, Iris and Jeh United.
Other categories include specialist agency of the year where McCann Healthcare Worldwide, Ogilvy PR, OgilvyOne Consulting, Professional Public Relations and Traffik Marketing are shortlisted.
The prizes for individual offices are split into four regions. For Australia and New Zealand, Colenso BBDO Aukland, DDB Sydney, Leo Burnett Sydney, OMD New Zealand and OMD Sydney have made the final. For Southeast Asia, it's between BBDO Guerrero/Proximity Philippines, DDB Singapore, Ogilvy & Mather Singapore, OMD Malaysia and Publicis Singapore. For North Asia, Bartle Bogle Hegarty Shanghai, BBDO/Proximity Shanghai, DDB Group Hong Kong, McCann Worldgroup Shanghai and ZenithOptimedia Shanghai are in the running. And for India and the Subcontinent, JWT Mumbai, Leo Burnett Mumbai, McCann Erickson Mumbai, Mindshare Mumbai and Ogilvy & Mather Mumbai have made the list.
In the awards for individuals, agency head of the year (regional) is between Chris Thomas of BBDO/Proximity, John Zeigler of DDB Group, Kevin Ramsey of McCann Worldgroup, Miles Young of Ogilvy & Mather and Barry Cupples of Omnicom Media Group.
For agency head of the year (national), the shortlist is Marty O'Halloran of DDB Australia and New Zealand, Colvyn Harris of JWT India, Prasoon Joshi of McCann Erickson India, John Cahill of McCann Healthcare Worldwide Japan and Mark Coad of OMD Australia.
The shortlist for creative of the year is David Guerrero of BBDO Guerrero/Proximity Philippines, Matt Eastwood of DDB Sydney, Agnello Dias of JWT India, John Merrifield of TBWA Asia-Pacific and Andy Blood of TBWA/NZ.
For the media planner/buyer of the year the contenders are Anupama Biswas of MediaCom India, Rahul Vasudev of MediaCom Singapore, Alistair Lennie of Mindshare Shanghai, Steven Chan of OMD Hong Kong and Kaoru Matsui of Universal McCann Japan.
Finally, account/business development person of the year contenders are Peter Rodenbeck of DDB Asia, Michael Godwin of DDB Sydney, Vikram Menon of Ogilvy & Mather India, Kunal Jeswani of Ogilvy & Mather Mumbia and Nabendu Bhattacharyya of OgilvyAction India.