Cannes Young Lions finalists revealed

Cannes Young Lions finalists revealed

The 80 Young Lions finalists vying for a handful of places at this year’s Cannes festival have been revealed by sponsors News Limited.

A team of 63 judges sifted through a record number of applications for the competition in the categories of print, film, media, digital and marketing, tasked with promoting the improved sports offering for News Limited following the acquisition of Fox Sports last year.

Chair of the media judging panel Mat Baxter said: "This year we received a record number of entries and it's clear the Young Lions is now considered the premier competition for young talent in Australia.

"The quality of thinking and creativity was extremely impressive. The jury was spoilt for choice in selecting the finalists, and with so many strong entries this year is going to be tightest competition in a long time.

"Australia continues to demonstrate it has some of the very best young talent in the world." 

The finalists are:


Scott Zuliani and Annatara Clark-Sneddon, Badjar Ogilvy

Josephine Burns and Corey Silva, Junior

Alistair Geikie and Paul Gregson, M&C Saatchi

Gavin Chimes and Luke Chard, Droga 5

Mark Carbone and James Beswick, BMG

Claire Austin and Emlyn Allen, Lavender

Chris Hanrahan  and Alexandra Hickmott, BWM Melbourne

Delia Mennell and Jon-Alexander Gunawan, Ursa Clemenger

Jess Povey and Peter Defries, Sapient Nitro

Jim Curtis and Ryan Fitzgerald, DDB Sydney

Jordan Davies and Alex Massey, Lavender

Josie Fox and Sara Oteri, Cummins Ross


Daniel Grech and Jordy Molloy, DDB Melbourne

Simon Gibson and Emily Lynch, Clemenger BBDO

Gavin Chimes and Luke Chard, Droga 5

Mietta McFarlane and Peter Renigeris, Droga 5 & M&C Saatchi

Omid Amidi and Michael Ashton, DDB Sydney

Giles Clayton and Simon Hayes, Clemenger BBDO


Liam Riddler and Alex Bolderoff, 303 Lowe

Adam Stone and Long Truong, We are Social & JWT

Sam Dickson and Angelito Lawang, Big Red

Jack Emery and Zoe Yeoman, Big Red

Maggie  Ryan and Helen Neville, DDB Melbourne

Kae Yen Wong and Rodolfo Nogueira Sarno, Host & MercerBell

Adrian Wong and Alex Schieder, Reborn & Leo Burnett

Bec McCall and Cam McMillan, Clemenger BBDO

Media – NSW

Rebecca Alexander, Match Media

John Corpuz, Match Media

Paul Den, UM

Mitchell Long, PHD

Jack Graham, MEC

Annika  Hansen, Bohemia Group

Robert Bellamy, UM

Kristine Ballensky, UM

John Dawson, Mindshare

Jason Maggs, Mindshare

Media – VIC

Tania De Fazio, UM

Frank Curcio, UM

Daniel Hojnik, UM

Dean Schwal, OMD

Jennifer Carroll, OMD

David Toussaint, Mediacom

Bianca Wallis, Starcom Mediavest Group

Amy Denyer, Mediacom

Media – WA

Dayna Watkins, Initiative

Caitlin MacDonald, The Brand Agency

Media – QLD

Annabelle Rogers, OMD

Nelson Demartini, UM

Lachlan Kent, UM

Hannah Macauslane, UM


Natasha Trindall, Cellarmasters Wine

Maeve Heim, L’Oreal Australia

Laura Bindon, AMP Capital

Tim Seow, Royal Automotive Club of Victoria (RACV)

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