Beale founded The Creative Salon, a platform for supporting and promoting commercial creativity, in October 2020. Prior to that, she was the longstanding global editor-in-chief of Campaign magazine. 

"Few people in our industry spend as much time viewing, discussing and dissecting advertising as the journalists whose job it is to write about creativity," says Beale. "And few people have our objectivity. That's why the Epica Awards are so unique and why winning means so much to the companies that enter. I'm really proud to be chairing this year's jury."

Epica Awards editorial director Mark Tungate says, "As a journalist and the founder of The Creative Salon, Beale's expertise and genuine passion for great work make her the ideal jury president for us."

The event has indicated that, because many projects could not be presented to the jury in 2020 due to pandemic-related restrictions, the competition has extended its eligibility dates by one year. Work that has been approved by clients and used, published or broadcast since the beginning of July in 2019 is eligible for entry to the 2021 awards.

More details of the entry procedure can be found here. The full list of jury members can be seen here

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