The Dubai Lynx Student Competitions

The curious, keen-to-learn university students who call MENA home are set to be the region's future creative superstars. The aim of the Dubai Lynx Student Competitions is to help them develop, thrive and showcase their talent to the creative communications industry. The competitions are now closed for entries and the winners will be announced at Dubai Lynx 2018.

Masar Student Creative Competition for Print

A challenging and exciting chance for students to craft their strongest print campaign and gain recognition within the creative industry.

STC Student Integrated Competition

A real communications challenge for students to create an integrated campaign using three forms of media and show the creative industry what they're made of.

  • Student Competition Education Partner

  • Student Competition Media Partner

    The Young Visions

Showcasing young talent with MBC Group

MBC Group has partnered with Dubai Lynx on a new initiative offering aspiring young creatives the opportunity to kickstart their careers with a one-month internship at MENA's leading media company and gain recognition from a jury of the region's top creatives.

University of the Year

Each shortlisted or winning Student Competition entry accumulates points for the student's university, and the university with the highest score wins the prestigious University of the Year Award. The winner is celebrated at the Dubai Lynx Awards on 14 March in front of industry greats.

2017 winner: American University in Dubai

Meet the Students Awards Jury

  • Walid

    President Walid Kanaan

    Chief Creative Officer


  • Dana

    Dana Alhanbali

    Managing Partner

    Beattie + Dane

  • Dana

    Dana Al-Kutoubi

    Head of Strategic Planning

    J. Walter Thompson Saudi Arabia

  • Mohamed Sehly

    Senior Copywriter

    Leo Burnett Jeddah

Message from the Jury President, Walid Kanaan

Walid Kanaan, Chief Creative Officer at TBWA\RAAD is leading the Student Awards jury and here he shares his thoughts and some tips for entering.

Why is this initiative important for you?

Working for a good cause is always inspiring, it combines both the fun part of creating disruptive ideas, fresh approaches and powerful iconic campaigns, with the responsible part of communicating a message efficiently, impact society and ultimately make a change.

Why should university students enter?

Taking part in Dubai Lynx students competition is an amazing opportunity to shine on the industry level. The winning work will be exposed to the entire advertising community in one ceremony offering an exceptional opening for the young creatives.

Both “Make a wish” and “Dubai Cares” briefs reflects a great human need.
I hope our young creatives will be inspired by it.

Any tips for students entering?

Be simple: Do not over complicate your message with many layers, and with complexed executions. keep it creatively simple.

Be bold: Have the courage to shock positively, to use a strong convincing tone of voice.

Be fresh: Don’t go for the obvious, and avoid the clichés and the seen-before approaches.