Outdoor advertising winners at 2018 Cannes Lions Festival revealed

Australia collected two awards in the Outdoor Lions category.

Australia’s representative at the 2018 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity – APN Outdoor – has congratulated McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada and Comedy Central, who were the Grand Prix winners in the Outdoor Lions category.

McDonald’s minimalist campaign, “Follow The Arches”, was created by the Canadian agency Cossette and was described by Outdoor Jury president Chris Garbutt (global chief creative officer at TBWA), as “pure and iconic”.

The campaign was based on the restaurant chain’s logo and directed drivers to follow the curves of the M in the arches in whichever direction they needed to go, with messages such as “Next Exit”, “On Your Left” and “Just Missed Us”.

Comedy Central’s winning entry, Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, was a satirical museum experience showcasing Trump’s relationship with Twitter. The free pop-up was created via Pop2Life. It was situated near Trump Tower in New York.

APN Outdoor is the official Australian representative of the Cannes festival. The company’s GM for marketing Charlotte Valente said: “While it’s disappointing our Australian entrants didn’t take home Gold, Outdoor still enjoyed the highest number of entries, with twice as many entries as any other category.

“The campaign from McDonald’s is a fantastic example of less is more. The brand leveraged its iconic logo to create something that is instantly recognisable yet never revealed the brand in its entirety to provide an informative message. Sometimes breaking the rules to cut through makes sense.”

Garbutt said: “The bigger narrative around outdoor occurs when human beings want to change something for the better and they take to the streets. Outdoor media has the ability to engage in a face-to-face conversation on the streets, so in a way it’s the most revolutionary medium we have,” he said.

Australia collected two awards in the Outdoor Lions category. CHE Proximity Melbourne took home a Silver Lion for “Inconvenience Stores” for Swann Insurance. Meanwhile, Y&R Melbourne collected a Bronze Lion for “Sip Safe” for Monash University.

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