UPDATE: The deadline for the 2016 Young Creatives Cover Competition is now Thursday, May 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET. There will be no more extensions after May 5, in order to start the judging.
Advertising Age is inviting young creatives from everywhere in the world to design a cover for Ad Age's 2016 Cannes Issue, and will award the winner a trip to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Here's your challenge as part of our cover contest: Create a visual capturing the essence of the creative process today. We're looking for a conceptual cover with a strong, impactful visual idea.
The final deadline is Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. All the information needed to enter is here.
The winning entry will become the cover of the print edition of Ad Age's Cannes Issue, which will be published June 13, 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 2016 Cannes festival, and the winner and finalists' designs will be displayed on billboards outside the Majestic Hotel at Cannes.
In the spirit of Cannes' own "Young Lions" contests, the seventh annual Ad Age Young Creatives Cover Competition is open to agency creatives, students and freelance creatives ages 30 and under at the time of the festival. The idea is to inspire young creatives 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.
Entries must be original, and there is no cost to enter or limit on the number of designs that can be submitted. Entries will be judged by Ad Age and Creativity, and winners will be notified before the end of May 2016.
The cover competition is sponsored by online ad buying company The Trade Desk.
Last year's contest drew more than 400 entries and a dozen finalists from around the world.
In 2014, Kumkum Fernando, an Australian-educated Sri Lankan who is an associate creative director at Lowe Vietnam, created an installation to show that "Everything Is Connected" in the contemporary world.
Enter the Ad Age Young Creatives Cover Competition here.