2020 AMI Marketing Excellence Gala

Be Brave. Be Bold. Be Ready.

Virtual Event | 15 October 2020 | 5pm AEDT


What a year. The world has changed dramatically and this means personal connection and support for our industry is more important now than ever before. That’s what this year’s AMI Marketing Excellence Gala is all about: bringing our marketing community together for a night of celebration and reflection. This is not just another ‘online event’. It’s an exclusive, curated, interactive virtual experience, where you’ll be able to network with your peers, applaud outstanding work, learn from engaging discussions and enjoy entertaining content! After the year that was, it’s a night we all truly deserve…


Be inspired by Australia’s bravest, most effective campaigns and marketers as we announce the 2020 Awards for Marketing Excellence (Looking at this year’s shortlist, we know our Judges had to make some tough decisions!) and hear from industry leaders on how to identify opportunities and drive positive results. This year, the Gala is a space for us to gather as a community, celebrate our achievements and help each other with ideas, inspiration and innovation. With interactive event experiences such as speed networking, panel discussions, and international speakers, you can chat to your peers, meet new contacts, share experiences and grow your professional network.


Share ideas!

Hear from our multi–award winning Keynote Speaker Laura Clarke as she talks about how courageous marketing can win hearts and minds and create real and lasting change in the world. Keep your finger on the marketing pulse with specially curated panel discussions and catch up with your industry peers in our networking rooms where you can share insights and advice on the latest industry issues.

Party on!

Come together and celebrate our industry, learn from winning work, make new contacts and party on, all in one place! Grab a glass and enjoy a night of fun, giveaways and entertainment with your team and peers! There will be virtual speed networking, competitions and prizes all night, so make sure you dress up, look sharp and bring your A game!


It’s a night to enjoy, share positivity, show solidarity and celebrate the good news. We’re delighted to welcome the most innovative, highest–performing marketers, advertisers, publishers, creatives, agencies, influencers and marketing teams from across Australia to connect and celebrate our industry’s achievements.



15 October 2020


‘Doors’ open at 5pm AEDT
for networking


Click here to register.

Dress Code:

Dress to Impress to win a special prize for best outfit!

Keynote speaker

Laura Clarke

With a career synonymous with work that truly moves the needle, Laura Clarke is often regarded as a pioneer in creating campaigns for change that are brave, bold and ground-breaking.
Her penchant for challenged thinking has led to some of the most talked about initiatives (both domestically and globally) but is most known for her work as co-founder of the Palau Pledge, a ground-breaking and genuinely innovative first step to increasing awareness around eco-tourism practices and what the global community can do to collectively take greater responsibility and create change. The Palau Pledge became the most awarded campaign in the world in 2018/19, taking home more Grand Prixs than any other campaign globally, it also won two coveted D&AD Black Pencils and in 2020 was awarded Black Pencil of the Decade by unanimous public vote.
As Gala Keynote Speaker, Laura will share her insights into what it takes to create truly brave work that resonates with an audience, as well as some of the highs (and lows) marketers face to get there.

“Producing brave work is not only good for brands, it’s necessary now more than ever before!” Laura Clarke

Keynote Speaker

“We don’t come to work every day to win awards but to be recognised by the most established and respected Marketing Awards in Australia is a testament to all the talented, dedicated, passionate and courageous teams at the Heart Foundation and News Corp that brought the Serial Killer campaign to life.”

Chris Taylor

CMO, Heart Foundation, 2019 AMI Award Winner

“Marketing excellence is about being the absolute best you can be, from the very start to the very finish. Never compromise, have a clear goal and always deliver over and above.”


Managing Partner, Wink, 2020 Awards Head Judge

Meet your host

Shane Jacobson

The delightful Shane Jacobson will join the evening’s festivities as the Gala’s MC!

Best known as a much-loved presenter, entertainer and award-winning actor, Shane will guide guests through the first-of-its-kind interactive event experience.

Shane is one of Australia’s most loved, award-winning actors, presenters and entertainers.  His incredible and varied career spans over 40 years both here at home and internationally.

The successful film Kenny (2006) brought Shane world-wide recognition as well as an AFI Award for best lead actor.  Shane will soon appear in the Seven TV show Mates on a MissionAs an author, Shane has penned his best-selling bio The Long Road to Overnight Success and, more recently, explored his life as a motoring tragic in Rev Head.

Expose your brand among the best marketing campaigns

With only a few weeks left before the 2020 AMI Marketing Excellence Gala, this flash sale is a unique opportunity to advertise your business at special rates.

Book your spot today, this sale ends on Friday, 25 September!

Award Book Advert - Full page

From $1,000

Award Book Advert - Half page

From $600

Virtual Exhibitor Booth

From $440

Be Brave. Be Bold. Be Ready.

An Event Like No Other

From just $75 per ticket (inclusive of a special Gala Hamper, while stocks last), the AMI Marketing Excellence Gala represents brilliant value for you and your team. Come together and celebrate our industry, learn from winning work, make new contacts and party on, all in one place! You want more team bonding? We’ve got you! We have on-line private corporate “boxes” for just you and your team (up to 10), where you can virtually kick back with your pre-delivered Gala Hampers and have a pre-show drink with each other before venturing out to enjoy some Gala fun on our online platform!








If you would like to partner with AMI or become a Showcase sponsor, contact Camelia Vasile by email camelia.vasile@ami.org.au. Click here for information about sponsorship and partnership opportunities or download our Sponsorship & Partnership Prospectus.

Marketing Excellence Story

As the most established and respected Marketing Awards in Australia, the AMI Marketing Excellence Showcase provides the opportunity to promote, experience, recognise and celebrate excellence in the marketing community. Established in 1982 as the Hoover Marketing Awards, the AMI Marketing Excellence Showcase has become one of the biggest programs on the Australian marketing calendar. For 39 years, the AMI community have celebrated individuals and organisations who have achieved extraordinary success from innovative and effective marketing practices.


If you have any questions, please get in touch with the AMI Awards Team at awards@ami.org.au or (02) 8256 1662. Alternatively, drop us a line by using the form below.

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