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Your chance to get recognized at Cannes

Think you have what it takes to inspire a world of marketers? For the ninth-consecutive year, Ad Age is inviting young creatives from all over the world to design a global-themed cover for its June 11 issue—and will award the winner a free trip to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

We’re looking for ideas from creatives age 30 or younger, whether you’re a student, full-time agency creative or freelancer. Entries must convey this year’s brief and be original work.

The winning entry will become the cover of the print edition of Ad Age's Cannes Issue, which will be published June 11, and distributed at the Cannes Lions festival the following week, as well as to all Ad Age subscribers.

The winner will receive a free trip to the 2018 Cannes Lions festival, and the winner and finalists' designs will be celebrated at our exclusive cockatil party at Le Grand Hotel in Cannes.

There is a $99 fee to enter. Deadline is April 19 at 5pm EST. 


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Please download the below PDF for all design specs and info regarding your submission:


See last year's winning entry, and the creative duo behind it. 

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Can creativity change the world?

Over the last year or so, we’ve seen voices once unheard or silent coming to the fore to have tremendous impact on the world around them. We’ve seen it with #MeToo, the Women’s March and now students rising up to protest against gun violence. Inspired by this momentum, we’d like to see how you can put your creativity to good work too, and we challenge you to create an image that shows how creativity can change the world.

The brief:

Create a powerful image that inspires others to take action for an important cause.

What we’re looking for:

  • The winning cover should have a strong, impactful visual idea that clearly answers the brief.
  • Focus on the elements of originality and surprise—this is your chance to shine.
  • Leave the clichés at home. All those expected metaphors for creativity--globes, lightbulbs, sparks, the Cannes Lion trophy, emojis, social media platforms--even bodily fluids--are likely to put you quickly out of competition. Dispense with them unless you believe you’re using them in a truly exceptional way.

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The Ad Age Young Creatives Cover Competition is open to students, full-time agency creatives and freelance creatives who are age 30 or under at the time of the 2018 Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity (June 18-22, 2018). 

In the spirit of Cannes’ own “Young Lions” competition, our contest is designed to tap into the talent of young creatives, inspire them to join in important industry gatherings and offer a career-enhancing opportunity to 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 only one winner (or creative duo) will be selected.

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The winning entry will be used as the cover image for the Ad Age Creativity issue, published June 11, 2018. This issue is sent to all Ad Age subscribers and distributed at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, held June 18-22, 2018. In addition to the grand prize winner, we will also announce a number of finalists.

The winner (or winning duo) will receive a free trip to the 2018 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity to be inspired and connect with some of the most creative minds working today.

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Entry into the competition is $99. This cost covers as many entries as you would like to submit, but please be advised that all submissions should be entered at once to be part of the $99 entry fee. 

The legal stuff

Before submitting your entry, please click here to review the terms and conditions.

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