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Ad Age’s Cannes Issue highlights the people and brands making waves in the creative space, both inside and outside the U.S. We want you to design the cover!  If you are 30 years old or younger, enter the 8th annual Young Creatives Global Cover Competition to win a trip to the 2017 Cannes Lions Festival. 


The Brief: What is Creativity?

It’s very simple, but surprisingly elusive: Create a visual capturing the essence of the creative process today.

A few tips from us: Ideally, we’re looking for a conceptual cover with a strong, impactful visual idea. We value originality and surprise. So with that, certain visual metaphors tend to emerge consistently and we encourage you to think beyond: Globes, lightbulbs, sparks, the Cannes Lion trophy, emojis, social media platforms, bodily fluids. These clichés appear often and there’s likely nothing you can add that we haven’t seen before. 

In the spirit of Cannes' own "Young Lions" competition, the Ad Age Young Creatives Global Cover Competition is open to agency creatives, students and freelance creatives ages 30 and under at the time of the 2017 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The idea is to inspire young creatives to join in important industry gatherings and help elevate the careers of those who are still junior in the business, and not as likely to have agency financial support for a trip to the festival.

Ad Age will announce a number of finalists, but award one winner (which can be a creative duo).


DEADLINE: THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.


The winning entry will become the cover of our annual issue dedicated to the Cannes Lions (June 12, 2017), which is distributed at the 2017 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (June 17 - 24, 2017), as well as to all Ad Age subscribers. In addition, the winner or winning duo receives ONE free trip to the 2017 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The winners’ and finalists’ designs will be displayed on billboards outside The Majestic hotel at Cannes.