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London, 29 February 2012 – The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, which brings together the global advertising and communications industry, is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropic foundation, in an effort to generate communications ideas that could help change the world.

Grand Challenges Explorations: Aid is Working. Tell the World is a unique call for action that aims to inspire the world’s greatest brand communicators to come up with an idea that will help solve a global problem.

Any individual, team, agency or company can submit a communications idea simply expressed on just two-pages, based on the challenge issued through the foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations programme. The brief calls for new and innovative ways of telling the real story behind global aid.

“The global Cannes Lions community is made up of the world’s greatest communicators who are solving problems for clients all day every day,” says Philip Thomas, Cannes Lions CEO. “Imagine if our community could harness this creativity to solve a global problem with an outstanding idea expressed on just two pieces of A4 paper? Imagine if a great idea emerged, and if that idea was honed and improved by the best thinkers in the industry? And imagine if there was the money to actually make something happen, to create the idea.”

Up to ten participants will be awarded $100,000 for the development of their idea – and the chance to be mentored by the Grand Prix Winners from Cannes Lions 2011, who have come together to form the ‘Cannes Chimera‘, possibly the greatest collection of creative talent ever assembled. Successful projects will then have the chance to seek additional funding up to $1 million to bring their idea to fruition.

Tom Scott, Director, Global Brand & Innovation at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said, “Aid is effective, but the story of aid isn’t breaking through. Now more than ever it’s critical that we look at new and innovative ways to change the debate. We are excited to partner with Cannes Lions to help ensure that the world’s greatest creative minds can put their energy against a really important challenge.”

How to Take Part
Grand Challenges Explorations: Aid is Working. Tell the World is open to everyone. The idea has to be submitted on two sides of A4 paper between now and 15 May. In the summer, all the ideas will be judged anonymously, solely on their merit, stripping everything back to the purity and creativity of the idea itself. The jury will be made up of the Cannes Chimera, as well as members of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s review board and a small group of panel experts. Up to ten of the most brilliant ideas may be selected as finalists to each receive $100,000 to further develop the idea.

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Showcase – Studio GD – Russia


Studio GD appeared in Perm (Russia) in April 2008. GD emblem is a picture of a five years old friend — Artem, who just painted his senior colleagues. Now this logo represents four designers from Perm and St. Petersburg — Alexandra Bubnova, Igor Ryabov, Sergei Stryapunin and Nikita Semenov.

The studio makes pictures, three-dimensional objects and gets pleasure from it.

Oman – The 18th Annual Open Photography competition &Exhibition

Theme 1 : Open

Theme 2 : People life (Monochrome)

            Documenting People life photographically, is considered the ultimate message of the photography, which made it one of the greatest inventions of the world .. Which helped in spreading the cultures of the world’s societies globally .. Distances and brought to us we did not dream of.

  The pictures of this theme speaks about everything in the lives of people wherever they are in the world, through the exercise of their profession, and in the street, at home or anywhere, and should not be limited to photography to show the face of one of them only, it is not enough to tell us the details of the moment in their daily lives . It must include as much detail as  possible or capturing the beautiful moments in which they live.

The Photos submitted in this theme must be in Black & white (Grey-scale).

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Paragon marketing communications participates in Oman’s 3rd Media & Advertising Exhibition & Conference 18-20 October 2011

Paragon participates in Oman’s 3rd Media and Advertising Exhibition

Muscat, Oman. Paragon will be participating in this year’s Oman Media and Advertising Exhibition which will commence from 18th until the 20th of October 2011. The exhibition which will be hosted for the 3rd year in running is Oman’s only integrated marketing exhibition. This year’s event will introduce the latest trends and techniques in communication, new publications and advertising agencies that have recently stepped in the ad-industry of Oman, along with well-established and leading publishing houses, media companies and advertising agencies throughout Oman and the Gulf. The exhibition will be showcasing latest technology in Digital Signage and will highlight the growing role of Social Media and other internet-based communication technologies. The focus of attraction will be outdoor advertising, marketing services as well as event and exhibition management, making the 3 day event truly representative of media, advertising and their strategic aligns, essential for effective marketing and communications. Besides being located in Oman, Paragon has operations also based in Kuwait and Bulgaria, where too it functions as a fully fledged marketing communications agency. Paragon has won a total of 57 international, regional and local awards on creativity and also has been featured in 19 international books on advertising and graphic design. Reference to Paragon’s work is available on its official Facebook page and YouTube channel.