The Young Lions competition is open to advertising professionals who are 28 years and under working in the advertising/communications businesses. The participating teams, comprising an art director and copy writer are selected through a pre-selection process in their own country, with the winners attending the Cannes Lions festival in June and participating in the Young Lions Competition where they compete against teams from all over the world.


There are five competitions that take place during the Festival week at the Palais des Festivals. These are for Cyber, Film, Media, Design and Print. Each competing team is briefed by a client to create and execute a campaign within 24 hours (within 48 hrs for Film)


With the world’s top young creative teams competing under intense conditions, pressures and tempers can run high! Winning the Young Lions Competition, however, is a hugely rewarding experience that will change the winner’s career forever. A highlight of winning a Young Lions title is that the metal is presented on stage at the official Cannes Lions Awards Ceremony and the winner also receives free registration for the following year’s Festival.


2011 saw the launch of a competition for the marketing fraternity, the Young Marketers Competition, where the Teams were made up of two young marketers from a client organization.


THE YOUNG LIONS
WINNERS

YEAR AGENCY NAME CATEGORY
2018 Shift Integrated Bashitha Nugegoda
Sahil Gunesekere
Cyber
Ogilvy Media Sanoj Fernando
Dulanjali Dilrukshi
Media
Bates Chanchala Gunewardena
Maheshi Dunuwilage
PR
Dentsu Aegis Nayan Ganegoda
Gyles Dharmaratne
Film (TV)
2017 Neo Ogilvy Udara Dharmasena
Havishmi Sivananthan
Cyber
Leo Burnett Amrit Paulraj
Falul Hallaj
Design
Dentsu Grant Achala Ramanayeka
Kumarini Rajakaruna
Media
Leo Burnett Jayana Silva
Aysha Musthafa
Print
Shift Integrated Kaushalya Kathireson
Sahil Gunesekere
Film (TV)
2016 Shift Solutions Pvt Ltd Sameera Ratnayake
Ryan Rubeira
Cyber
Leo Burnett Wasim Akram
Anfaz Amanulla
Media
Sarva Integrated Hibshi Moulana
Kavinda Welagedara
Film (TV)
2015 Triad Pvt Ltd Dilan Ariyaratne
Shehan Samarasinghe
Cyber
Phoenix O & M Chanuka Wijayasinghe
Dushan Pieris
Design
Leo Burnett Solutions Rinesh Jayarathna
Hassan Samdin
Print
Digibrush Productions Pvt Ltd Infas Nias
Sarah Ramu
Film (TV)
2014 Leo Burnett Shayani Obeyesekera
Sithum Walter
Design
Phoenix O & M Dushan Pieries
Nigel Nugawela
Print
JWT Amanda Aluvihare
Dinesh Maheswaran
Film (TV)
2013 Triad Pvt Ltd Suchintha de Silva
Dilshan Senaratne
Print
Phoenix O & M Dushan Pieris
Ashan Bandaranayake
Film (TV)
2012 Triad Pvt Ltd Ruani Wijenaike
Tarisha de Alwis
Print
Leo Burnett Rameez Fazal
Danushka Kathriarachchi
Film (TV)

THE YOUNG LIONS MARKETER
WINNERS

YEAR AGENCY/COMPANY NAME CATEGORY
2018 Softlogic Life PLC Chamindri Gunawardane
Arshad Mohideen
Young Marketers
2017 Nestle Lanka Plc Umeshinie Kurukulasuriya
Ashani Ratnayake
Young Marketers
2016 Unilever Sri Lanka Abitha Pathmanathan
Aaqib Reyal
Young Marketers
Academy of Design Malika Jinadasa
Young Lions Creative Academy
2015 Nestle Lanka PLC Nuwan Rathnayaka
Aveen Pathirage
Young Marketers
2014 Unilever Munazza Rafeek
Vidushi Rambukwella
Young Marketers
2013 Etisalat Hiruni Mendis
Lakshitha Wijesinghe
Young Marketers
2012 Aitken Spence Dinal Edirisinghe
Wishmini Perera
Young Marketers
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