Cannes Lions Awards kicks off, announces first winners

The Cannes Lions awards kicked off today with the winners of the Pharma, Health & Wellness, Outdoor, Print & Publishing and Design Lions announced during the Awards Show streamed from Cannes. The UK, USA, Sweden, Romania, Italy, France and Canada have all seen Grands Prix awarded.

Commenting on today’s event, the organizers announced: “Today’s Awards Show marked the start of Cannes Lions Live and the first of five Awards Shows taking place throughout the week. Today’s live broadcast will continue with analysis of the work from the jury and interviews with the makers of the winning work.”

“Juries have been judging work from across 2020 and 2021; they will award one Grand Prix for each Lion but will also have the option to award a Grand Prix for each year.”

The Cannes Lions Live Debate, will be led by the LIONS chairman, Philip Thomas; he is joined by Mark Read – WPP, Maher Nasser – United Nations, Wendy Clark – Dentsu International, Conny Braams – Unilever, and Matt Brittin – Google.

Speaking about the Grand Prix, Jury President Liz Taylor, Global Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett / Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Communications North America, said that they had created something that was “insightful, beautiful and smart, that was true to their brand – not just doing it to do it – and lived beyond our industry.”

The Lions Health and United Nations Foundation Grand Prix for Good – given to work created for non-profit organisations and charities – has been awarded to AMV BBDO London, for ‘’ created for (COPI) Central Office for Public Interest.

The campaign sought to give every Greater London resident the ability to check air pollution levels at their doorstop, and made air pollution disclosure a legal obligation for estate agents, landlords and property owners.

The Pharma Lions, which celebrate life-changing creativity, 509 entries were received from which 3 Gold, 8 Silver, and 10 Bronze Lions were awarded. The Grand Prix was presented to Area 23, an FCB Health Network Company, New York, USA, for Woojer’s ‘SICK BEATS’; the world’s first music-powered airway clearance vest for cystic fibrosis.

Jury President, Anne de Schweinitz, Global Managing Director, Healthcare FleishmanHillard, said about the Grand Prix, “To turn tech to such an important, beautiful use in such a cool way, I think really blew everybody away in the jury room. There was an underlying feeling that this was going to be something really special.”

The Health & Wellness Lions which celebrates creativity for personal wellbeing, received 1,300 entries from which the jury awarded 8 Gold, 15 Silver, and 22 Bronze Lions, as well as two Grands Prix. TBWA\London, UK, won a Grand Prix for their work for Beco, ‘Beco. #StealOurStaff’, which raised awareness of the ‘Disability Employment Gap’ which disrupted employers’ outdated attitudes towards people with disabilities.

The UK also won a second Grand Prix in Health & Wellness with AMV BBDO, London, taking the Grand Prix for Essity’s ‘#WomenPainStories’, the taboo-busting campaign that explores the true extent of the pain that women endure.

The Outdoor Lions, which celebrate ideas that leverage public spaces to communicate a message or immerse consumers in a brand experience, saw 2,052 entries from which the jury awarded three Grands Prix, as well as 13 Gold, 21 Silver, and 27 Bronze Lions.

The Grands Prix went to: Burger King’s campaign ‘Day 35’, ‘Day 28’, ‘Day 32’created by Burger King, Miami / INGO, Stockholm / DAVID, Miami / Publicis  Romania, Bucharest; as well as Publicis Italy, Milan, for Heineken’s ‘Shutter Ads’; and Publicis Conseil, Paris, France, for ‘Renault – Village Electrique’.

In the Print & Publishing Lions, work that demonstrates outstanding creativity in printed media is awarded. From 1,012 entries the jury gave one Grand Prix as well as 5 Gold, 9 Silver, and 15 Bronze Lions.

The Grand Prix was awarded to Ogilvy London, UK / Ogilvy Toronto, Canada for ‘Courage is Beautiful’, the work for Dove that celebrated the strength and determination of frontline workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Design Lions – Communication Track, in partnership with Microsoft were also announced at today’s Awards Show. Celebrating visual craftsmanship, from 1,262 entries the jury chose to award two Grands Prix as well as 8 Gold, 13 Silver, and 22 Bronze Lions. AKQA Stockholm, Sweden picked up a Grand Prix for H&M’s ‘H&M Looop’, the world’s first in-store recycling system that turns old garments into new ones.

The second Grand Prix went to Superunion, London / Notpla Limited, London, UK, for Notpla, a revolutionary material which aims to make plastic disappear.

The Special Awards were given in the following categories: Healthcare Network of the Festival;FCB Health, The BlocPartners, and McCann Health.

Healthcare Agency of the Festival: Area 23, an FCB Health Network Company, New York, USA; The Bloc, New York, USA; VCCP Health, London, UK.



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