Ad Age invited young creatives for the seventh year to design the cover of our Cannes Issue that is distributed at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The team that created the winning cover won a trip to the festival, and will be celebrated at Ad Age's cocktail party at the Grand Hotel lawn. (See winners' story here).
See Ad Age's 2016 Cover Contest Finalists: Which Is Your Favorite?
This year's winners, Nicholas Ross and Nicole Hamilton, are junior digital art directors at Dieste, a U.S. Hispanic ad agency based in Dallas and owned by Omnicom. Their virtual reality cover, which can be turned into a viewer to watch a kaleidoscopic video about the creative process, intrigued the Ad Age judges.
We also want to highlight and salute the 11 finalists we selected after great deliberation from more than 500 entries. They are from Australia, Canada, India, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, and the U.S. Their creative collaborations include "Pool of Creativity" from a Brazilian and a Colombian creative working at Deutsch in New York, and "Idea's Golden Pot" by a creative team from the Dominican Republic and Brazil who attended Miami Ad School in Berlin and are currently creative interns at Ogilvy & Mather in Tokyo. Other finalists are talented young creatives working at international agencies around the world including Publicis Worldwide, Tribal Worldwide, Havas Worldwide, MullenLowe, Critical Mass, DigitasLBi, Ogilvy & Mather and Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness, plus a small New York shop called Mogue.
The winning design and all 11 finalists' work will be featured on billboards outside the Majestic Hotel during the Cannes Lions festival.
Please browse the slideshow and choose your favorite finalist by voting below.