Light Awards

The Light Awards for bright ideas

The Light Awards’ mission is to unearth, promote and celebrate great work…
and recognise the great people that make it happen.

Simply register and enter your case study by answering four simple questions

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Why enter?

Created a great campaign?
Took an innovative approach?
Launched a media first?
Team and boss proud of it?
Client loves it?

If the answer is YES! To any of the above, then PHD’s Light Awards is for you. If the fame and glory alone is not enough, the overall winner of the Light Awards will win a trip to Cannes Lions (maximum of 2 people) and 50,000 pings on Source (maximum of 3 people). Each shortlisted winner will receive 25,000 pings (maximum of 3 people) and an Amazon Echo.

What are you waiting for?

Enter now

Why enter?

  • It’s free
  • It’s easy – just answer 4 questions and drag and drop your campaign assets
  • All campaigns receive constructive feedback and advice from our global jury
  • Receive suggestions for awards and categories to suit your case
  • Let someone else do the hard work!

Shortlisted work will benefit from:

  • Help with writing the award entry
  • Script writing
  • Video production paid for and managed
  • Category selection advice
  • The winning team will win a trip to Cannes Lions Festival (2 people max)
  • Global fame and success for your work at the world’s leading award shows

Key Dates

2018/2019 Prize

Wave 1

Wave 1 entries open:
3rd September 2018
Wave 1 deadline:
14th September 2018

Wave 2

Wave 2 entries open:
3rd December 2018
Wave 2 deadline:
14th December 2018


Wave 3

Wave 3 entries open:
4th March 2019
Wave 3 deadline:
11th March 2019

Key Industry Award dates


Final deadline

25th October 2018
2nd November 2018
Festival of Media Global
February 2019 (est.)
M&M Global
April 2019 (est.)
Cannes Lions
April 2019 (est.)
Spikes Asia
August 2019 (est.)
Light Awards

About Light Awards

The Light Awards is PHD’s very own global awards program, designed to unearth and celebrate the great work we do for clients across the network, as well as recognise the great teams responsible.

Now running twice a year, each office is asked to submit at least one of their best case studies from the last 6-12 months.

Entries are judged by a global jury of PHD’s greatest minds, providing invaluable feedback to teams, giving them and their work the best chance of winning in industry awards.

Our ultimate mission is to unearth and shortlist the ‘7+’ work and provide the necessary support to help the work shine at global award shows.

The cases shortlisted for the Light Awards will benefit from financial support and hands-on help to create scripts, videos and written entries, as well as a personalised calendar of suitable award shows for the year ahead. In addition to this, shortlisted entrants will receive an Amazon Echo, plus 25,000 pings on Source in recognition of their work.

And finally, the team behind the winning case study will receive 50,000 pings on Source and win a trip to the prestigious Cannes Lions festival of Creativity, where they will hopefully see their work walk away with a coveted and elusive Lion!

Is my work award-worthy?

  • Is it innovative?
  • Does it demonstrate excellence in the category?
  • Is it a new strategy?
  • Is it a media first?
  • Does it use new, unusual or creative media channels?
  • Does it use new research or interesting consumer insight?
  • Does it demonstrate a key skill, such as branded content or digital expertise?
  • Does it use new or unique technology?
  • Does it have great results (sales, consideration, awareness, click through etc)?

If the answer is yes to any one of these, then your case may have awards potential.

Meet the Judges...

  • Euan Hudghton
    Managing Partner, PHD UK
  • Malcolm Devoy
    Global Strategy Lead, PHD International, Global Strategy Unit
  • Matt Devlin
    Managing Director - Communications Planning, PHD Canada
  • Poma Malantic
    ‎Strategic Planning Director, Philippines
  • Annie Griffiths
    Chief Marketing Officer, PHD New York
  • Vicky Bloyce
    Associate Director, Worldwide Marketing and Communications, PHD UK
  • Chris Stephenson
    Regional Head of Strategy & Planning, PHD APAC
  • Avril Canavan
    Worldwide Marketing and Communications Director, PHD Worldwide
  • Michael Florence
    Chief Operating Officer, PHD UK
  • Oscar Dorda
    Managing Director, PHD Spain
  • Mark Bowling
    Head of Strategy, China
  • Jyoti Bansal
    Managing Director, PHD India
  • Stewart Gurney
    Head of Strategy, PHD Australia