The Student Competitions

The Dubai Lynx Student Competitions aim to develop and showcase the region’s future creative superstars. For student’s studying advertising, graphic design, marketing, communications, media or another relevant field, then the competition is an ideal opportunity to get experience working to a real brief, to be recognised by MENA’s creative greats and to be crowned the best in the region.

Why enter?

In an effort to drive and nurture the young creative talent in the MENA region there are three exciting competitions for the Festival 2020. The competition is open to full time university students in the MENA region, between the ages of 18-25 who are studying full-time in either media, advertising, PR, communications or other similar field.

Shortlisted students will receive a ticket to Dubai Lynx 2020 to experience the festival, network and be inspired. The winning students will be awarded at the Dubai Lynx awards in front of industry greats in the region giving you an awesome opportunity to showcase and promote your talent!

Key Dates

Student Competitions Open: Sunday 8 September 2019
Print & MBC Youth Competition Entries Close: Monday 16 December 2019
Print and MBC Youth Competition Shortlists Announced: Monday 3 February 2020
MBC Student Hack Entries Closes: Thursday 13 February 2020
Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity: 8–11 March 2020

Student Print Competition  

The Student Print Competition is a hunt for brilliant, unique creative talent from across MENA. Students are to create an attention-grabbing print campaign in response to a brief by Emirates Environmental Group for their Can Collection Campaign.

The Print competition is now open for entries!
Entries close on 16 December 2019.

MBC Youth Award (Integrated Competition)

MBC GROUP has always believed that our region needs its youth to progress. We advocate the empowerment and inclusion of Youth in words and deeds.

This second edition of the MBC YOUTH AWARD (MYA) aims to set the creative bar higher in a bid to defy the norm in what the youth of today ‘can be’ versus what they ‘should be’ in the future.

In this endeavor, MBC GROUP is committing to a long-term youth-centric and Student-oriented empowerment strategy, to foster creativity, and to promote the discovery, nurturing and adoption of fresh talent!

MBC Student Hack

The MBC Student Hack rewards young creative talent, whereby students work on a Corporate Social Responsibility brief in groups and will be challenged to create a solution to it within just 24 hours. MBC will shortlist the applications to just 21 students in the MENA region, and group the students into teams who will tackle the brief.

MBC will draft and create the brief given to students onsite at the Dubai Lynx International Festval of Creativity 2020. Students who are shortlisted need to make themselves available for the duration of the Dubai Lynx Festival.

Who's judging your work?

Meet the Student Jury

Access to royalty free photos from Getty Images

You have access to Getty Images for any images you require for your entry. Please follow the steps below to gain access to the image(s):

Go to
Log in with the username studentawards2020 password Getty123
Click on 'creative images' and select 'royalty free' images
Search for the content you need - to save time, you can select 'filter and sort' on the search

Get images

University of the Year

Each shortlisted or winning student competition entry accumulates points for your university. The university with the highest score wins the prestigious University of the Year Award.

In 2019, the University of the Year was Middlesex University in Dubai.

See the winner

Student Competition Partners

  • Education Partner

    Dubai International Academic city
  • Student Competition Media Partner

    Ed Arabia
  • Image Provider

  • Print Competition Partner

  • MBC Hack and MBC Youth Award

    MBC Group