Shell Lights the Way with Top Prize at the 2018 World Media Awards

March 23, 2018

Shell and MediaCom win Grand Prix with Shell Brand GravityLight & Bedtime Stories Campaign

London, Friday 23rd March 2018:The winners across the eight categories of the 2018World Media Awards were announced last night at an exclusive VIP event held at The Ham Yard Hotel in London. Hosted by the World Media Group*, the World Media Awards, now in their third year, are the only global awards to recognise brands, agencies and media partners who, together, create the most effective cross platform, cross border, content-driven advertising campaigns.

The biggest winner on the night was Shell, whose global campaign ‘Shell Brand GravityLight & Bedtime Stories’ created by MediaCom, picked up the World Media Awards Grand Prix, as well as winning the World Media Award for the Corporate Influencer category.  Shell’s campaign was in conjunction with GravityLight, a foundation which aims to improve the lives of people without electricity by providing clean, safe and affordable lighting. They embarked on a 50-day GravityLight roadshow across Kenya, capturing the progress of the roadshow through video and social media, and also created animated videos of GravityLight ‘bedtime stories’ told by high profile influencers, such as singers Pixie Lott in the UK and Luan Santana in Brazil – all of which created strong consumer connections globally and transformed brand perceptions.

“The World Media Awards are a fantastic platform for demonstrating the value content offers brands for telling a powerful story that can resonate around the world, whether you are in London, Lagos or Kenya, ” saidWendy Orhan, Senior Brand Communications Managerat Shell. “We were amongst stiff competition with so many fantastic entries this year, so to walk away with the Grand Prix is a real coup, and testament to the amazing work of all the team who worked on this campaign including Gravity Light and MediaCom.”

A panel of 24 senior jurors from leading advertisers, agencies and publishers, presided over by four head judges – Arif Durrani, Executive Editor for EMEA at Bloomberg Media Group, Jodie Stranger, CEO UK Group and President Global Clients EMEA at Starcom, Publicis Media, John Rudaizky, Partner, Global Brand and Marketing Leader at EY and Jon Gittings, Chief Strategy Officer, Americas at MediaCom  – had the difficult task of selecting the eight category winners and Grand Prix winner from the many entries that were received from around the world.

Emma Winchurch-Beale, President of the World Media Group and International Sales Director at the Washington Post commented, “For all the World Media Group members, great journalism and excellent storytelling, using honest and authentic voices from around the world, are of paramount importance every day.  In fact, as the World Media Group celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, we can say it’s driven us for 20 years! That’s why it’s been such a pleasure this year to see the amazing entries that embody these values, with Shell being a very worthy winner.”

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The winners of the World Media Awards 2018 (along with comments from the judges about the category winners)are:


Winner – Porsche: Cayman vs Drones

Entered by PHD Germany

Credits: FUSE Omnicom Media Group, Google

“This was a bold strategy and the client took a risk based on strong insights and a clear understanding of the target market.”


Winner – The Barilla Foundation: Food Sustainability Index

Entered by The Economist Group

“This partnership created a genuine tool, and the choice of partnership was crucial to its impact.  The tool lives beyond the campaign to help improve our world.”

Commended – Star Alliance: Connecting Cultures

Entered by Wall Street Journal [WSJ Custom Studios] and National Geographic

Credits: Atomic, Wavemaker


Winner – Shell: Shell Brand GravityLight & Bedtime Stories

Entered by MediaCom

“This platform targeted an ambitious audience of future influencers.  It was a very well thought through strategy, with strong engagement strategies generated by the creative approach.”


Winner – UBS: Driving Business Objectives: Impact Investing And Innovative China

Entered by Spark Foundry

Credits: Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Mashable

“This campaign had a rock solid strategy, leading to an unexpected combination of media selection and portfolio of content which delivered the results.”


Winner – Hennessy XO: A New Perspective of the Silk Road

Entered by KR Media France [GroupM]

Credits: National Geographic

“This entry demonstrated great execution on an ambitious strategy, with a rich, indulgent and evocative creative exploration of experiential content and media.  It had an elegant approach to tying the Silk Road to the brand which created differentiation from other Silk Road content.”


Winner – Warner Bros: Wonder Woman Project

Entered by MediaCom

Credits: Discovery Networks Latin America

“This campaign was cleverly translated to provide relevance to local LatAm markets – it extended the values of female empowerment presented in the film and engaged effectively with the target audience.  As Gal Gadot put it: to be a wonder woman, you don’t have to have super powers.”


Winner – E.on: Tomorrow Is .On

Entered by Vizeum

Credits: Engine

“This entry demonstrated a strong creative approach in a challenging category.  The client’s objective was to differentiate itself from the competition and the campaign achieves this.”


Winner – Visit Faroe Islands and Atlantic Airways: Faroe Islands Translate

Entered by Sansir and Mensch

“This was a simple and genius idea, engaging the population of the Faroe Islands in a campaign to save their language, creating a viral campaign which generated awareness of a little-known territory.”

Commended – Finavia Corporation: #LIFEINHEL

Entered by Dagmar


Winner – Shell: Shell Brand Gravity Light & Bedtime Stories

Entered by MediaCom

“The judges admired the sensitive and creative approach to repositioning brand perceptions of Shell as a company with purpose, creating an impact.”


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 *About the World Media Group: The World Media Group, hosts of the independent World Media Awards, is a strategic alliance of the world’s leading publications which incorporates the Bloomberg Media Group, The Economist, Forbes, Fortune, National Geographic, The New York Times, TIME and The Wall Street Journal, plus associate members Rezonence, Smartology and The Smithsonian. Its aim is to promote award-winning journalism and the role of international media. Visit