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UK Young Lions Competition 2020 Opens for Entries

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The competition is open until 9th March 2020

UK Young Lions Competition 2020 Opens for Entries

Fancy going head-to-head with the next generation of creative stars? Enter the UK Young Lions competition and win the chance to represent the UK Advertising Industry this summer in Cannes.

As UK Representative for Cannes Lions, Advertising Association is looking to find the very best young creative talent to compete on behalf of the UK at Cannes Lions in June against other young advertising professionals from around the world.

Read all about the 2019 UK Young Lions Competitions here.


This is where the next generation of creative stars go head-to-head. If you’re under 30, the Young Lions competitions are one of the best places at the festival to celebrate your creativity on a global stage. Taking place live in Cannes, there are competitions to suit people from every corner of the communications industry. Read all about the Cannes competitions here.


We are running six competitions – Design, Digital, Film, Marketers, Media and Print. The competitions are free of charge and teams work on the briefs remotely.

Please note that the ICCO is running the PR competition and the contact there is

Together with our partners we will be flying 12 young people (compromising of six teams of two) to Cannes to compete in the global Young Lions competitions.

Register your teams here!

Registration for the competition will close at 18:00 on 9th March 2020


Please note: Team partners do not have to be employed at the same company

Our brief will be based on the ‘challenge’ details in each Cannes competition.

DESIGN: Open to a team of two design professionals e.g. graphic designers, art directors, photographers.

DIGITAL: Open to a team of two digital professionals e.g. social media managers, creative technologists, UX designers, digital designers/producers.

FILM: Open to a team of two creative professionals e.g. art directors, producers, film makers, creatives

MARKETERS: Open to a team of two marketing professionals working for a brand ie. a client company that engages the services of advertising and communications companies (ie. Intel, Coca-Cola etc.). Agencies may not compete in the Marketers competition.

MEDIA: Open to a team of two media professionals working for media agencies, specific in-house media departments in agencies, media owners or freelancers

PRINT: Open to a team of two creative professional e.g. art directors, copy writers, producers, creatives.


  • 11th February, 08:30 - Competition registration opens
  • 9th March, 18:00 - Closing date for registrations
  • 13th March, 17:00 - Competition brief will be emailed to all registered teams
  • 16th March, 23:59 - Submission deadline for all categories
  • 18th – 26th March - Online judging
  • w/c 30th March - Winners to be notified


Participants must be 30 years or younger (born after June 26th 1989).

Entrants must be a current employee within the advertising/marketing industry, be a UK resident or have a valid UK work permit, and be aged between 18 and 30 on 26th June 2020. The full entry criteria and terms and conditions will be sent with the competition brief to registered teams.


If you are interested in judging the Young Lions competition, please apply here.


Please contact us at with any queries.

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Advertising Association, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 10:50:56 GMT