Cannes Lions Awards open early for entries

Cannes Lions are the gold standard awards in the advertising industry.
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Updated 16 October 2020

Cannes Lions Awards open early for entries

  • Following the cancellation of this year’s ceremony due to COVID-19, winners for both 2020 and 2021 will be announced in June next year
  • The invitation for entries has opened earlier than usual to give brands and agencies more time to prepare their submissions

RIYADH: The advertising industry’s gold standards awards, Cannes Lions, are now open for entries.

Following the cancellation of this year’s ceremony due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, winners for both 2020 and 2021 will be announced in June next year.

The invitation for entries has opened earlier than usual to give brands and agencies more time to prepare their submissions.

In order for an entry to qualify for the 2020 awards, the campaign or ad should have been aired, implemented, or released to the public for the first time between March 2019 and May 2020, while entries for 2021 should feature campaigns or ads aired, implemented, or released to the public for the first time between June 2020 and April 2021.

Cannes Lions is also launching a new award called the Creative Business Transformation Lions. “This Lion celebrates the expanding role of creativity and the breadth of new creative approaches that are now being used to create value and drive competitive advantage alongside traditional brand communications,” the company said in a statement.

Additionally, there are changes to the Creative Effectiveness Lion and the PR Lions to better reflect the industry.

The Creative Effectiveness Lion for 2021 has been updated to “accurately reflect the new language of effectiveness, variety of measurable results, and breadth of work driving business impact and commercial success” by taking principles from the Creative Effectiveness Ladder created by Cannes Lions and WARC.

The PR Lions are being refreshed to “focus on the areas of creative work that the industry wants to be recognized for today.” This follows research that Cannes Lions undertook with PR specialists around the world, “to better understand their unique challenges and perspectives.”

The deadline for entries is April 15, 2021.


D&AD Awards announces new program changes for 2021

Updated 30 November 2020

D&AD Awards announces new program changes for 2021

  • D&AD, which promotes excellence in design and advertising, evolves its categories every year to reflect the industry

RIYADH: The D&AD Awards are now open for 2021 with several new changes.

Due to the economic climate, the education charity D&AD has increased its Super Earlybird discount from 30 percent to 40 percent for all entries submitted by Jan. 13. It has also increased the discount for freelancers and small businesses under 10 employees to 25 percent.

D&AD, which promotes excellence in design and advertising, evolves its categories every year to reflect the industry including revisions and additions of sub-categories as well as entirely new sections.

This year, there are four new additions: E-commerce with 12 sub-categories including purchase experience and brand partnership; next photographer is being brought back for emerging talent with less than 3 years of commercial experience in photography; type design, which has been removed as a sub-category from typography and is its own category due to the large number of entries it receives; gaming, which aims to celebrate creative excellence in gamified experiences and brand messaging across e-sports, mobile, and online games; and new realities and emerging media, which are sub-categories reflecting cutting-edge work that is changing how brands interact with consumers.

In addition, writing for design and writing for advertising are back as two distinct, separate categories after consultation with the industry.

Following last year’s revamp of the digital design subcategory and feedback from juries, judges will now prioritize execution over idea in this category in the digital design category.

Lastly, D&AD has introduced the low budget subcategories across all disciplines including film, branding, direction, visual effects, animation, photography, and entertainment as well as PR, spatial design, and music videos.

Donal Keenan, awards director at D&AD, said: “We are committed as always to creating an awards program that accurately reflects the current nature of the creative industries.

“In 2021 our changes reflect approaches the industry has employed to reach and engage audiences through e-commerce, gaming, and new realities.

“As current world events continue to transform the creative sector, we hope that the changes to our awards can help better bring together the creative community that we aim to champion,” he added.

After a virtual 2020 awards program, D&AD will continue its digital-first approach into next year, hosting a virtual awards ceremony and festival while continuing to explore the possibility of in-person events.