The awards contest, which this year added an interactive category along with its traditional media categories, received a record 1,834 entries, an 18% increase over last year.
Judging will take place here April 2; winners will be announced in Ad Age's May 27 edition.
Mike Rogers, exec VP-creative director at DDB Needham Worldwide, New York, is the chief judge. The panel also includes such marketer and agency executives as Ralph E. McGill, senior VP-creative director, Austin Kelley Advertising, Atlanta; Mary Lou Floyd, general manager of AT&T Corp.'s Internet site; Scott Helbing, VP-communications, Reebok International; and Josh Denberg, copywriter at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco.
Various Ad Age editors will also serve as judges. Robert Golds-borough, corporate projects editor, coordinates The Best Awards.
The competition judges the best creative work in TV, magazines, newspapers, interactive media, radio and out-of-home media.
"The Best Awards competition is unique to our industry because of Ad Age's client-focused readership," said Edward R. Erhardt, VP-publisher. "Ad Age is the one place where the most important marketing decisionmakers see the best work created by agencies all over the world."