3 May, 2013 - News Limited today announced the finalists of its 2013 Cannes Young Lions program.

Over two days, 63 judges including Jay Gelardi from The Monkeys, Andy Flemming from M&C Saatchi and Nicola Mansfield from Jurlique, determined the 80 finalists who had to respond to a brief outlining the strength of News Limited's multi-platform sport offering following the acquisition of FOX SPORTS in 2012.

The next stage in the competition will see the shortlisted finalists in marketing, media, film, print and digital compete in a 24-hour brief, with finalists from the film category completing a 48-hour brief, all following the Cannes competition format.

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."

News Limited's group director – sales Fiorella Di Santo said: "The Cannes Young Lions competition continues to grow every year and we're pleased to continue our role in uncovering fantastic creative talent in the Australian media industry.

"A record number of entries were received for the 2013 Cannes Young Lions program, up 34 per cent year-on-year, which is a clear indicator of the value the industry places on this competition.

"I am looking forward to the second round competition and awarding 10 talented creatives and advertising professionals the opportunity to attend the most reputable creative festival in the world. Good luck to all finalists."

Second round judging occurs from 14 May with winners being announced at a cocktail event on the evening of 16 May.

Winning teams will receive return flights to Nice, accommodation and a Young Lions registration to the Cannes Festival with access to all the seminars, awards ceremonies, showcases and the Young Lions party. The Young Lions registration also allows them to participate in the Young Lions Zone, which includes 10 master classes and interactive kiosks showcasing winning work from the worldwide Young Lions competitions.

The 2013 Cannes Young Lions Australian finalists are:

Print
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

Film
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

Digital
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

Marketing
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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