UK Young Lions Competition Winners Announced

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

The Advertising Association, the UK Representative for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, has announced the winners of this year’s UK Young Lions competition.

The twelve under-30s UK advertising professionals will now go to Cannes this summer and compete against the best young creative talent from around the world to be crowned the global Young Lions winners. UK activity in Cannes is also supported by the Advertising Association’s partners Channel 4, Clear Channel, the Department for International Trade, Framestore, London & Partners, M&C Saatchi and Newsworks.

Over 300 teams signed up to the UK competition and were set a brief provided by the timeTo steering committee and had a weekend to respond to one of the six categories – design, digital, film, marketers, media or print. timeTo is an initiative created by the Advertising Association, NABS and WACL to address the problem of sexual harassment in the advertising industry.

The winning team from each category will be flown to Cannes in June to represent the UK in the Young Lions competitions, which have a global reputation as the place where creative talent aged under 30 compete to be recognised as the world’s best.

Competition categories and UK winners


Tarné Neilson, Senior Designer, Ogilvy Health

Georgina Osei-Hwere, Senior Account Executive, Ogilvy Health


Lily Khan, Art Director, MRM-McCann

David Milligan, Copywriter, MRM-McCann


Nick Archer, Creative, Sky Creative Agency

Matt Nicholas, Creative, Sky Creative Agency


Maria Coyle, Campaign Assistant, Tesco

Holly Tavana, Campaign Assistant, Tesco


Mehr Chughtai, Client Leadership Graduate, OMD UK

Tom Cooke, Paid Social Executive, MVF


John McPartland, Art Director, Havas Lynx

Zack Gardner, Copywriter, Havas Lynx

Stephen Woodford, Chief Executive, Advertising Association told us “The UK has traditionally excelled at Cannes Lions, winning over 1,500 awards since 2005. The Young Lions competitions are a brilliant forum for young talent to showcase UK advertising’s creative strength and the emerging talent we have in the country. Entrants to our UK competition submitted some outstanding work and we are delighted to announce our winners who will join Team GB at Cannes. Congratulations to all!”

Cannes Lions is the world’s biggest festival of creativity and takes place in the south of France from June 17-21, 2019. Its Young Lions competitions, which run as part of the festival, aim to find the best under-30s creative teams in the world. The 450 competitors will be set a brief by an NGO that they must answer within 24 hours.

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