OAAA Selects Obie Nominees

NEW YORK The Outdoor Advertising Association of America named contenders for its 61st Obie Awards on Friday.

All contending ads will appear in the 2003 Obie Awards book. Winners of Obies, merit awards and finalist distinctions, which honor excellence in outdoor advertising, will be named on June 10.

The OAAA chose 116 contenders from more than 1,500 submissions.

Shops receiving more than one nod include: Taxi in Toronto for its ads for ABC Canada Literacy Foundation, Convenant House, Mini Cooper, The Movie Network and Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival; Adams Outdoor Advertising in Atlanta for its self-promotion ads and work for Families of 9/11 Victims, Kalamazoo County Tobacco Reduction Coalition and Christian Life Center; BBDO for executions on behalf of 7-Up, Mountain Dew and Pepsi by its Toronto office and work for Stolichnaya Vodka from its Chicago office; and Foote, Cone & Belding in New York for its Campbell Soup, Lifesavers and Taco Bell outdoor ads.

Also, Ogilvy & Mather in New Delhi for executions for clients Down to Earth, Hope and Satyam; Boone/Oakley in Charlotte, N.C., for its Brixx Pizza and Scarrowinds at Paramount Parks ads; BVK in Milwaukee for work on behalf of Transglobal Vacations and the Wisconsin Tobacco Control Board; Clear Channel Outdoor in Phoenix for Grand Hotel and Clear Channel Spectacolor for Hershey’s ads; Cramer-Krasselt in Chicago for its Culligan Bottled Water and Corona work; Cultivator Advertising in Boulder, Colo., for ads for Colorado Wildlands and Keystone Ski Resort; and Peterson Milla Hooks in Minneapolis for EdinaRealty.com and Target outdoor displays.

Judging took place on March 14 in New York. Sal DeVito, co-founder and executive creative director of DeVito/Verdi in New York, was chief judge.