The Diamond Skulls' categories are not media-specific – so a breadth of work is encouraged.

For example Art Direction is open to digital, print and motion work and it is actively encouraged that nominees display cross-media skills. The same holds true for other categories – web film, music videos and commercials are all able to entered in the Direction and Editing categories.

Entrants must be nominated by a PADC member by Sunday 04/02/18. Nominees will have until Wednesday 14/02/18 to upload their projects to Behance.net and become members of the PADC (How to Enter details will be sent via email to all qualified Nominees by Monday 07/02/18).

While work produced for non-WA-based clients is eligible to be entered, the work must have been undertaken while the nominee was resident in Western Australia.

Work must have first appeared in 2017. Work that was produced in 2016 or before, but did not debut until 2017, is eligible. Further details on the eligibility criteria will be in the How to Enter kit distributed to Nominees.

The PADC reserves the right to alter Entry Requirements. Nominees will be informed via email of any changes.


Ultimate Diamond Skull

Selected by our Diamond Skulls Patron, the Ultimate Diamond Skull is a perpetual trophy presented to the individual they consider produced the best overall body of work.

2014 Winner – David Donald
2015 Winner – Guy Howlett
2016 Winner – Timora

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Emerging Craftsperson of the Year (NEW CATEGORY)

Emerging Craftsperson of the Year is open to all Art Directors, Copywriters, Composers, Designers, Directors, Editors, Photographers or Sound Designers who were not working in the industry prior to 2015.

Those entering the Emerging Craftsperson of the Year category may not enter other categories.

Those who qualify to enter Emerging Craftsperson of the Year are not required to do so, they may enter any other category – just not both. 

The entry requirements for Emerging Craftsperson are the same as for the other categories – for example, if you are an Emerging Designer please follow the requirements for the Designer of the Year below.

Please note that the Emerging Craftperson of the Year Winner will not be considered for the Ultimate Diamond Skulls.


Art Director of the Year

Three projects or campaigns across any media.

Single pieces may be entered as a project, however nominees are encouraged that a to show how the art direction can play-out across multiple applications in a single project or campaign. All projects/campaigns must have been commissioned.

2014 Winner – David Donald
2015 Winner – Craig Buchanan

2015 Winner – Nathan Teoh


Copywriter of the Year

Three projects or campaigns across any media.

Single pieces may be entered as a project, however nominees are encouraged that a to show how the ‘voice’ can play-out across multiple applications in a single project or campaign. All projects/campaigns must have been commissioned.

2014 Winner – Melita Masters
2015 Winner – Guy Howlett
2016 Winner – Timora


Composer of the Year

Three projects across any media.

Multiple spots or tracks in a campaign, soundtrack or series should be entered as a single project. For longer format soundtracks, upload a sample and provide links to the complete piece. It should be indicated where music is an original composition created for the project. All projects must be commissioned.

2016 Winner – Mike Fragomini


Designer of the Year

Three projects across any media.

Single pieces may be entered as a project, however nominees are encouraged that a to show how the look or branding can play-out across multiple applications in a single project. All projects/campaigns must have been commissioned.

2014 Winner – Janice Law
2015 Winner – Melissa Radman
2016 Winner – Vaughn Hockey


Director of the Year

Three projects. May include one non-commissioned ‘personal’ project.

Multiple spots or episodes in a campaign should be entered as a single project. For longer format videos, upload a sample and provide links to the complete piece.

2014 Winner – Grant Suptore
2015 Winner – Grant Suptore
2016 Winner – Corrie Jones


Editor of the Year

Three projects.

Multiple spots or episodes in a campaign should be entered as a single project. For longer format videos, upload a sample and provide links to the complete piece. All projects must be commissioned.

2014 Winner – Merlin Cornish
2015 Winner – Merlin Cornish
2016 Winner – Merlin Eden


Photographer of the Year (The Noel Holly Award)

Three photographic projects. May include one non-commissioned ‘personal’ project.

Single shots may be entered as a project, however a series of shots in a single campaign or theme is strongly encouraged. Please limit the number of shots in an project to no more than five.

2014 Winner – Ian & Erick Regnard
2015 Winner – Chantel Concei
2016 Winner – Chantel Concei


Sound Designer of the Year (The Dave Upson Award)

Three projects across any media.

Multiple spots or tracks in a campaign, soundtrack or series should be entered as a single project. For longer format soundtracks, upload a sample and provide links to the complete piece. Original compositions should be entered in Composer of the Year category. All projects must be commissioned.

2014 Winner – Xoe Baird
2015 Winner – Nick Gallagher
2016 Winner – Nick Gallagher