GolinHarris and Hill+Knowlton Strategies Support Young PR Lions Competition in Cannes


“We are the first and the only professional public relations body to have an official presence at the Cannes Lions Festival, which is becoming an increasingly important event in our members’ calendar.We could not have done it without the support of our sponsors, and we are very grateful to GolinHarris and Hill+Knowlton Strategies, who have once again proven their industry leadership.”

Francis Ingham, ICCO Chief Executive


Today the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) announced GolinHarris and Hill+Knowlton Strategies as official supporters of the Young PR Lions competition at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

The Young PR Lions programme was launched earlier this year to celebrate the brightest talent in the global industry. The competition itself will see national teams of two PR professionals aged 28 or under who will prepare and deliver a 5-minute presentation for a non-profit organisation client in 24 hours that will be judged by a select jury. Unlike its larger PR Lions equivalent, only professionals working in PR consultancies will be eligible to enter. Both Young PR Lions and PR Lions Award ceremonies will take place on Monday, 16th June.

The national Young PR Lions competitions are currently under way in over 20 countries around the world. The ICCO member association PRCA has been selected to run the competition in the UK.

In February 2014, ICCO was announced as the official sponsor of the Young PR Lions competition, making it the first public relations professional body to establish close links with the Festival. As part of its Cannes sponsorship, ICCO will produce an online Guide to Cannes, highlighting best events for PR delegates; exhibit at the Palais de Festival during the Festival week; hold a social event before the PR Awards on Monday, 16th June; and host post-Festival events and webinars showcasing Cannes best practice and winning campaigns.



“GolinHarris is passionate about young talent and finding new ways to challenge and develop tomorrow’s communications leaders. We’re delighted to be part of this inaugural Young PR Lions competition and look forward to seeing what the UK’s best can deliver.”
Matt Neale, President, international, GolinHarris




“Cannes Lions is the largest celebration of marketing and communications and it is important to recognise the role that many young people play in our industry. H+K is proud to sponsor the Young PR Lions Competition to showcase the creativity of PR’s brightest emerging stars.”
Richard Millar, Global Chair, Creative Strategy and CEO London


As official Young PR Lions co-sponsors, GolinHarris and Hill+Knowlton Strategies join Ogilvy PR and Ketchum who have pledged their support earlier.



About ICCO

ICCO is the voice of public relations consultancies around the world. The ICCO membership comprises national trade associations in 29 countries across the globe in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australasia. Collectively, these associations represent over 1,700 PR firms. ICCO is a proud sponsor of the Young PR Lions competition at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.