Simon Veksner and Nick Allsopp have been selected as the British
creative team to enter the Cannes Advertising Festival’s annual Young
The team, now working at Ogilvy & Mather, were chosen from a shortlist
of five drawn up from 50 teams who entered the contest, which was run
for the second consecutive year by D&AD and Pearl & Dean.
To be eligible for entry, teams had to be aged 30 or under, and had to
have been on either a D&AD creative workshop or on recent work placement
at an agency. The shortlisted teams, selected by the advertising members
of D&AD’s committee, had to present their entire portfolio to the
Allsopp and Veksner met while at Oxford University. The 30-year-old
Veksner went on to study copywriting at Watford College, while the
27-year-old Allsopp went to St Martin’s College of Art and Design.
Veksner worked at Saatchi & Saatchi for two years. In 1996 the pair
teamed up and has since worked at the Leisure Process and at Banks
At Cannes the pair will be given a creative brief. The campaign they
devise will be judged by the Cannes jury alongside other entries from
around the world. The winning team will receive an all-expenses-paid
trip to next year’s festival.