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 Ogilvy Media Sanoj Fernando
Dulanjali Gunawardane
Media
2018 Bates Maheshi Dunuwilage
Chanchala Gunewardena
PR
2018 Dentsu Grants Tara Weerasinghe
Aadhil Izath
Print
2016 Leo Burnett Wasim Akram
Anfaz Amanulla
Media
2016 Shift Solutions Ryan Rebeira
Sameera Ratnayake
Cyber
2016 Sarva Hibshi Moulana
Kavinda Welegedera
Film
2016 Unilever Abitha Pathmanathan
Aaqib Reyal
Young Marketers
2016 AOD Malika Jinada
Roger Hatchuel
2015 Digibrush Productions Infas Nias
Sarah Ramu
2015 Leo Burnett Rinesh Jayarathne
Hassan Samdin
2015 Phoenix O & M Dushan Pieris
Chanuka Wijayasinghe
2015 Triad Shehan Samarasinghe
Dilan Ariyaratna
2015 Leo Burnett Tasneem Dawoodbhoy
2014 JWT Amanda Aluvihare
Dinesh Maheswaran
TV
2014 Phoenix O & M Dushan Pieris
Nigel Nugawela
Print
2014 Leo Burnett Shayani Obeyesekera
Sithum Walter
Design
2013 Phoenix O & M Ashan Bandaranayeke
TV
2013 Triad Dushan Pieris
Shehan Samarasinghe
Suchintha de Silva
Print
2012 Leo Burnett Rameez Fasal
Dhanushka Kathriarachchi
TV
2012 Triad Tarisha de Alwis
Ruani Fasal
Print
2011 JWTTriad Gayan Perera
TV

THE YOUNG LIONS MARKETER
WINNERS

YEAR COMPANY NAME DESTINATION
2015 Nestle Nuwan Rathnayake
Aveen Sathishka Pathirage
Marketer
2014 Unilever Munazza Rafeek
Vidushi Rambukwella
Marketer
2013 Etisalat Hiruni Mendis
Lakshitha Wijesinghe
Asst. Mgr. Research
Prod. Mgr. Marketing
2012 Aitken Spence Dinal Edirisinghe
Wishmini Perera
Asst. Marketing Mgr.
Corp. Comm. Exe.
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