D&AD judging hit by volcanic ash

April 19, 2010

The volcanic ash spewing out of Iceland and shutting down airports across Europe has had a knock-on effect on this year’s D&AD judging.

Numerous judges have been unable to reach London to participate in the judging, which begins today. In a statement issued this morning, D&AD said that it had a two-pronged contingency plan. Wherever possible, it will set up remote voting to enable judges unable to travel to London to cast their votes. It also has a bank of reserve judges based in the UK that will be able to replace those unable to attend or participate remotely.

Tim O’Kennedy, CEO of D&AD, said: “D&AD judging takes place from 19-22 April in London and we have been monitoring the situation closely since flight restrictions first came into place last Thursday. Judging will go ahead as planned and we have instigated a two-pronged contingency plan.

“All affected jurors have been contacted to discuss options and to establish a plan of action. We will retain the integrity of D&AD judging and will not proceed with anything that we feel undermines this. We will continue to keep judges and entrants informed of developments over the coming days.”

A volcanic ash cloud from Iceland is currently spread across the UK and much of the rest of Europe, bringing travel chaos.