40 Most Powerful Social Issue Ads That'll Wake You Up Even If You're The Most Ignorant Person In The World

These are no ordinary forceful ads like the ones in today's date, they were made for a reason. Over the years, the essence of making ads to make an impact got lost in the grind but these social issue ads will remind you the reason why ads should be produced by truly creative minds. Ads are made to stay in your memory for a long long time and to make you do things you'd rather not do otherwise and that's exactly what these ads will do to you. If THESE ads can't touch your heart and force you to think and execute, what can?

Censorship Tells The Wrong Story

Censorship Tells The Wrong Story
Advertising Agency: Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai, UAE

Neglected Children Are Made To Feel Invisible. Stop Child Abuse Now

Neglected Children Are Made To Feel Invisible. Stop Child Abuse Now
“To dramatize the issue of neglect, we placed mannequins dressed as children behind billposters. When the inevitable happened, we revealed a second message.” (Australian Childhood Foundation, JWT Melbourne)

Smoking Causes Premature Aging

Smoking Causes Premature Aging
Advertising Agency: Euro RSCG Australia

Torture Victims Are People Just Like You And Me

Torture Victims Are People Just Like You And Me
Advertising Agency: Advico Y&R, Zurich, Switzerland

Child Soldiers: It’s Not Happening Here, But It’s Happening Now

Child Soldiers: It’s Not Happening Here, But It’s Happening Now
Creative/Art director Pius Walker, Amnesty International, Switzerland.

See how easy feeding the hungry can be?

See how easy feeding the hungry can be?
Advertising Agency: TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, Johannesburg, South Africa

Your Skin Color Shouldn’t Dictate Your Future

Your Skin Color Shouldn’t Dictate Your Future

Advertising Agency: Publicis Conseil, Paris, France

One Child Is Holding Something That’s Been Banned In America To Protect Them. Guess Which One?

One Child Is Holding Something That’s Been Banned In America To Protect Them. Guess Which One?

Advertising Agency: Grey, Toronto, Canada

Liking Isn’t Helping. Be A Volunteer. Change A Life

Liking Isn’t Helping. Be A Volunteer. Change A Life

Advertising Agency: Publicis, Singapore

Unhate

Unhate

Advertising Agency: Fabrica, Italy

Innocence In Danger: Where’s The Pedophile?

Innocence In Danger: Where’s The Pedophile?

Art Director: Michael Arguello, Copywriter: Bassam Tariq, Additional credits: Jason Musante

Global Action In The Interest of Animals: Plastic Bags Kill

Global Action In The Interest of Animals: Plastic Bags Kill
Advertising Agency: BBDO Malaysia, MALAYSIA, Kuala Lumpur / Advertising Agency: Duval Guillaume, Belgium

Stop The Violence: Don’t Drink And Drive

Stop The Violence: Don’t Drink And Drive
Advertising Agency: Terremoto Propaganda, Curitiba, Brazil

Bird Conservation: If You Don’t Pick It Up They Will

Bird Conservation: If You Don’t Pick It Up They Will
Advertising Agency: TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, Johannesburg, South Africa

Every 60 Seconds a Species Dies Out. Each Minute Counts

Every 60 Seconds a Species Dies Out. Each Minute Counts
Advertising Agency: Scholz & Friends, Berlin, Germany

Elm Grove Police Department: Slower Is Better

Elm Grove Police Department: Slower Is Better
Advertising Agency: Cramer-Krasselt, Milwaukee, USA

Causing Cancer By Yourself

Causing Cancer By Yourself
Advertising Agency: Dentsu, Beijing, China

What Goes Around Comes Around. Keep The Sea Clean

What Goes Around Comes Around. Keep The Sea Clean

Advertising Agency: JWT, Dubai, UAE

Animal Anti-Cruelty League: That’s Not A Football

Animal Anti-Cruelty League: That’s Not A Football
Advertising Agency: Lowe Bull, Cape Town, South Africa

Tailgating Isn’t Worth It. Give Trucks Room

Tailgating Isn’t Worth It. Give Trucks Room
Advertising Agency: Amélie Company, Denver, Colorado, USA

Premature Ending: “If you smoke, statistically your story will end 15% before it should.”

Premature Ending: “If you smoke, statistically your story will end 15% before it should.”
“THE END. If you smoke, statistically your story will end 15% before it should. For help with quiting call QUITTLINE on 0200 00 22 00? (Advertising Agency: Iris, London, UK)

Bangalore Traffic Police: Don’t Talk While Driving

Bangalore Traffic Police: Don’t Talk While Driving

Advertising Agency: Mudra Group, India

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society: When You See A Tuna

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society: When You See A Tuna
Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, Singapore

Sleepiness Is Stronger Than You. Don’t Drive Sleepy

Sleepiness Is Stronger Than You. Don’t Drive Sleepy
Advertising Agency: BBDO Bangkok, Thailand

Deforestation And The Air We Breathe: Before It’s Too Late

Deforestation And The Air We Breathe: Before It’s Too Late
Advertising Agency: TBWA\PARIS, France

For The Homeless, Every Day Is A Struggle

For The Homeless, Every Day Is A Struggle
Advertising Agency: Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne, Australia

World Wide Fund For Nature: Frightening vs. More Frightening

World Wide Fund For Nature: Frightening vs. More Frightening
Advertising Agency: DDB&CO., Istanbul, Turkey

The Prvention Beer Mug: Please Don’t Lose Control Over Your Drinking

The Prvention Beer Mug: Please Don’t Lose Control Over Your Drinking
Advertising Agency: EURORSCG Prague, Czech Republic

Deforestation Continues With The Turn Of A Page

Deforestation Continues With The Turn Of A Page
Advertising Agency: LINKSUS, Beijing, China

Air Pollution Kills 60.000 People A Year

Air Pollution Kills 60.000 People A Year

Breast Cancer Awareness Bra

Breast Cancer Awareness Bra
Advertising Agency: Bolero, Fortaleza, Brazil

Buckle up. Stay alive

Buckle up. Stay alive
Advertising Agency: Lg2, Quebec, Canada

What Goes Around Comes Around: Stop The Iraq War

What Goes Around Comes Around: Stop The Iraq War

Advertising Agency: Big Ant International, New York, USA

UN Women: Auto-Complete Shows Perceptions Of Women

UN Women: Auto-Complete Shows Perceptions Of Women

Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, Dubai, UAE

Don’t Buy Exotic Animal Souvenirs

Don’t Buy Exotic Animal Souvenirs
Advertising Agency: LOWE GGK, Warsaw, Poland

Save Paper – Save The Planet

Save Paper – Save The Planet
Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Copenhagen, Denmark

Animal Abuse And Shelters: Same Pet, Different Owner

Animal Abuse And Shelters: Same Pet, Different Owner

Advertising Agency: TBWA-Santiago Mangada Puno, Philippines

Sexual Predators Can Hide In Your Child’s Smartphone

Sexual Predators Can Hide In Your Child’s Smartphone
Advertising Agency: Herezie, Paris, France

You’re Not A Sketch. Say No To Anorexia

You’re Not A Sketch. Say No To Anorexia
Advertising Agency: Revolution Brasil

What We See When You Smoke

What We See When You Smoke
Advertising Agency: JWT, Atlanta, USA

Distracted Driving: Think Of Both Sides

Distracted Driving: Think Of Both Sides
Advertising Agency: Red Pepper, Ekaterinburg, Russia

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