The Advertising Association promotes the role and rights of responsible advertising and its value to people, society, businesses and the economy. We represent UK advertisers, agencies and brands on behalf of the entire industry, acting as the connection between industry professionals and the politicians and policy-makers.

The Advertising Association focuses on major industry and policy areas that have huge ramifications on UK advertising. This section contains our work around Brexit, HFSS and gambling advertising, data and e-privacy, trust, the digital charter and our Industrial Strategy campaigns.

Credos is the advertising industry’s independent think tank. It produces research, evidence and reports into the impact and effectiveness of and public and political response to advertising on behalf of UK advertisers in order to enable the industry to make informed decisions.

Front Foot is our industry’s member network of over 50 businesses across UK advertising. It aims to promote the role of responsible advertising and its value to people, society and the economy through a coalition of senior leaders from advertisers, agencies and media owners.

We run a number of events throughout the year, from our annual LEAD summit to the Media Business Course and regular breakfast briefings for our members. We are also the official UK representative for the world’s biggest festival of creativity – Cannes Lions.


/ February 7th 2020
Cannes Lions

Fancy going head-to-head with the next generation of creative stars?

Enter our UK Young Lions competition and win the chance to represent the UK Advertising Industry this summer in Cannes!

As UK Representative for Cannes Lions, we’re looking to find the very best young creative talent to compete on behalf of the UK at Cannes Lions in June against other young advertising professionals from around the world.

Read all about the 2019 UK Young Lions Competitions here


This is where the next generation of creative stars go head-to-head. If you’re under 30 the Young Lions competitions are one of the best places at the festival to celebrate your creativity on a global stage. Taking place live in Cannes, there are competitions to suit people from every corner of the communications industry. Read all about the Cannes competitions here.


We are running 6 competitions – Design, Digital, Film, Marketers, Media and Print. The competitions are free of charge and teams work on the briefs remotely.

Please note that the ICCO is running the PR competition and the contact there is

Together with our partners we will be flying 12 young people (compromising of 6 teams of 2) to Cannes to compete in the global Young Lions competitions.

Register your teams here!

** Registration for the competition has now closed **


Please note: Team partners do not have to be employed at the same company

Our brief will be based on the ‘challenge’ details in each Cannes competition.

  • DESIGN: Open to a team of two design professionals e.g. graphic designers, art directors, photographers.
  • DIGITAL: Open to a team of two digital professionals e.g. social media managers, creative technologists, UX designers, digital designers/producers.
  • FILM: Open to a team of two creative professionals e.g. art directors, producers, film makers, creatives
  • MARKETERS: Open to a team of two marketing professionals working for a brand ie. a client company that engages the services of advertising and communications companies (ie. Intel, Coca-Cola etc.). Agencies may not compete in the Marketers competition.
  • MEDIA: Open to a team of two media professionals working for media agencies, specific in-house media departments in agencies, media owners or freelancers
  • PRINT: Open to a team of two creative professional e.g. art directors, copy writers, producers, creatives.


11 February, 08:30
Competition registration opens

9 March, 18:00
Closing date for registrations

13 March, 17:00
Competition brief will be emailed to all registered teams

16 March, 23:59
Submission deadline for all categories

18 – 26 March
Online judging

w/c 30 March
Winners to be notified


Participants must be 30 years or younger (born after June 26 1989).

Entrants must be a current employee within the advertising/marketing industry, be a UK resident or have a valid UK work permit, and be aged between 18 and 30 on 26 June 2020. The full entry criteria and terms and conditions will be sent with the competition brief to registered teams.


If you are interested in judging the Young Lions competition, please apply here 

** Registration has now closed **


Please contact us at with any queries.

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