Advertising Age has extended the deadline for its annual cover competition to May 6. We are once again inviting young creatives from everywhere in the world to design a cover for Ad Age's Cannes Issue, and will send the winner to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in June.
Here's your creative brief: Stretch your imagination, and show us a cover design that you believe captures the meaning of creativity in 2015.
The new deadline is Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at midnight ET. All the information needed to enter is here. This is the final extension as judging is set to begin.
The winning design will run as the cover of the print edition of Ad Age's Cannes Issue, which will be published June 15, 2015, and distributed at the Cannes festival the following week.
In the spirit of Cannes' own "Young Lions" contests, the sixth annual Ad Age Young Creatives Cover Competition is open to creatives ages 30 and under. The goal is to inspire young creatives to participate in an important industry gathering and offer a career-enhancing opportunity to those who are still junior in the business and might not be at Cannes yet.
Entries must be original, and there is no cost to enter or limit on the number of designs that can be submitted. Students and professionals from all disciplines are welcome, including freelancers. Submissions will be judged by Ad Age and Creativity, and winners will be notified before the end of May 2015.
The cover competition is sponsored by online ad buying company The Trade Desk.
The 2014 creative contest drew close to 500 entries and a dozen finalists were named from five countries. Half the finalists were from the U.S., including two from U.S. Hispanic ad agencies; other finalists were from Colombia, Finland, India and Japan. The finalists' designs appear, along with the winning cover, on billboards at Cannes, and on AdAge.com.
Feel free to check out our previous winners. For last year's winner, "Everything Is Connected," Kumkum Fernando, a Sri Lankan, Australia-educated associate creative director at Lowe and Partners Vietnam, built an elaborate installation conveying that all things, including brands, are connected in today's world.
The 2013 winning design by the Bangkok-based creative team of Katrina Encanto and EJ Galang from Lowe and Partners in Thailand "Portrait of a Creative in the Digital Age," envisioned an explosive creature constructed from brightly-colored paper cubes with a deliberately ambiguous face that can be interpreted as evolving, deliberately leaving it open to the viewer's imagination.
Our first two winners in 2011 and 2010, were both teams from Grey, in Vietnam and the U.S.
Enter the Ad Age Young Creatives Cover Competition here.