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Havas & YouTube Creative Studio named ‘Clients of the Year’ at 2023 Freelancer Awards


By Jenni Baker, Senior Editor

July 13, 2023 | 5 min read

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Creative and tech talent from the freelance community were honored at the annual YunoJuno Freelancer Awards, recognizing their contribution to clients and projects. Here, we spotlight the winners.

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The annual YunoJuno Freelancer Awards

A ‘Midnight in Paris’ themed costume party, a historic venue, and a famous host in the shape of Laurence Rickard – it can only be the annual YunoJuno Freelancer Awards (The Sweet FAs), which celebrates the 4.1 million freelancers in the UK and their contribution to the creative industries.

Taking place at The Honorable Society of the Middle Temple in London on June 30, 500 freelancers came together for the ninth edition of the annual awards ceremony; 18 of which took home coveted awards across AI, data, design, creative, market research, PR, social media, project management, and more. Scroll down for the full list of winners below.

As media partner of this year’s award, The Drum’s editor-in-chief Gordon Young (donning his signature flat cap fitting the theme) handed over the final award of the evening to Havas and YouTube Creative Studio, who were jointly awarded the coveted ‘Client of the Year’ title. The event was also supported by contractor insurance providers Kingsbridge and all ticket sales were donated to The Mental Health Foundation.

“We are incredibly proud to create these awards to recognize and celebrate the enormous contribution the freelancer community deliver to innovation, world-class work and company culture all over the world. They are truly the future of work,” said Shib Mathew, co-founder and executive chairman of YunoJuno.

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Without further ado, here are all the winners of the YunoJuno Freelancer Awards 2023:

AI Specialist of the Year (new for 2023): Jennifer Stirrup

Client Services Specialist of the Year: Kristopher Hamilton

Creative of the Year: Annabelle Margolis

Data Specialist of the Year: Sean Burton

Designer of the Year: Francesa Levi Morenos

Developer of the Year: Jase Warner

Film & Motion Specialist of the Year: Francesca de Bassa

Marketing Specialist of the Year: Sebnem Camas Umer

Market Research Specialist of the Year: Gurpinder Sidhu 

PR Specialist of the Year: Sophie Parker

Product Manager of the Year (new for 2023): Babatunde Kaka

Project Manager of the Year: Kevinjohn Gallagher

QA/Testing Specialist of the Year: Jamie Preddie

Social Media Specialist of the Year: Simon Caine

Strategist of the Year: Andy Percy

Studio Specialist of the Year: Anthony Ockenden

User Experience Specialist of the Year: Charlotte Lo

Freelance Impact Award: Zara Janjua

The YunoJuno Freelancer Awards is the biggest event of its kind in the world, built by the freelancer community for the freelancer community. The awards seek to recognize the immense contribution that freelancers make to companies and projects everywhere.

Founded in 2012, YunoJuno is an all-in-one platform that enables clients to find, hire, manage and pay elite and vetted freelancers, combining a curated marketplace of premium creative and tech talent with the entire hiring lifecycle. On the verge of reaching £1bn in freelancer bookings, its mission is to revolutionize the future of work by unlocking the true potential of freelance.

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