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Cannes Lions launches festival print campaign

The Cannes Lions ad campaign to promote the 2014 Festival turned world-leading communication practitioners into super-positive, fist-pumping, stock photography models. The press campaign will run in national newspapers and trade magazines around the world from now until June.
The organisers teamed up with McCann London and commissioned award-winning photographer, Max Oppenheim, to perfect the art of the classic stock shot. Each execution features a stock image-style watermark with the legend: 'You'll come back as pumped as a stock photo model,' along with relevant search terms such as 'Success' 'Winning' 'Inspired' 'Energised' 'Cannes' 'Festival' 'Pumped'.

Mike Oughton, creative director at McCann London said, "This campaign will strike a chord with everyone in the world who has ever typed the word 'success' into a stock image library search bar."

Senta Slingerland, director of brand strategy at Cannes Lions, added, "Our campaign celebrates the one thing that everyone who goes to Cannes experiences: the feeling of falling in love again with what you do for a living."


The five executions were shot in generic office spaces in New York and London with the models dressed in bland office attire befitting the stock image style.
    • Amir Kassaei, global chief creative officer of DDB and this year's Film Lions jury president, punching the air euphorically at his desk
    • Ted Royer, chief creative officer of Droga5, New York, and Sean Sim, ECD of Ogilvy China, bursting with joy as they push an excited Angel Anderson, VP/experience director of CP+P in LA, in a chair along an office corridor
    • Cindy Gallop, founder & CEO of If We Ran The World/Make Love Not Porn, sitting with her feet on her desk throwing a ream of paper into the air with blissful abandon
    • James Hilton, co-founder and CCO of AKQA, and Laura Gregory, CEO and founder of Great Guns, jubilantly draw an upward 'success' arrow on a graph
    • Benjamin Palmer, chairman of The Barbarian Group and Chloe Gottlieb, ECD of R/GA, performing a super-impressive, mid-air, high-five manoeuvre
Oppenheim, commented, "It was a challenge to find just the right visual language to pull off this series. I was very careful to select neutral locations, styling and wardrobe to capture the generic world of stock. Moreover, it helped massively that all the 'models' understood how great the idea was and threw themselves into their performances. They were pumped!"

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