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Rules and Eligibility

The Rules

This guide is only a helpful summary of key information. It is not a substitute for reading the full entry rules, terms and conditions, which can be downloaded.

  1. The Entry has launched/aired/run within the relevant eligibility dates for the Lynx Award it is entered into.

  2. The Entry has been created within the context of a normal paying contract and genuine brief from a Brand OR if it’s a case of self-promotion or a non-profit organisation, the Brand has approved all of the media/production/implementation.

  3. You have permission to enter the Entry from the commissioning Brand/Brand-owning company (we will request proof of this permission directly from the Brand or Brand-owning company

  4. You have included the commissioning Brand contact details in the Entry including name, position and full contact details.

  5. The Entry has been submitted exactly as published/aired/released and has not been modified for entry into the Festival.

  6. The Entry is not speculative or conceptual advertising, and has not been banned or withdrawn from airing.

  7. A senior officer (CD, CEO or Chairperson) from your company has given permission for this entry to be entered.

  8. The entry was not entered into the same Lynx Award last year. You may be able to enter the work into an alternative Lynx, provided it meets the relevant entry requirements, including the eligibility period requirements.

  9. There is no reference to your company or any contributing creative companies in any digital or physical materials, except in the case of self-promotion.

  10. The entry, and/or case film can be understood in English. For further information click here.

  11. You understand that, if you withdraw your entry after 15 December 2022, you will not receive a refund or credit.

Please see Part A of the Rules for more information on cancellations, refunds and withdrawals.

  1. If new results are collected after the entry has been paid for, we will only accept additional written information in the results section of the entry form on or before 8 February 2023.

  2. All media included in your entry must be the final version at the point that you complete and pay for them. No replacement or additional media can be accepted after an entry has been finalised and received by the Festival without exception.

  3. By submitting an entry you confirm that you own all applicable legal rights for all media included in your entry.

  4. Entries will be accepted on the basis that:

They are designed specifically for and to run in the MENA* region and are created or produced by companies in the MENA* region

They are designed specifically for and to run in the MENA* region and are created or produced by companies outside the MENA* region

They are designed to run globally as long as they are created or produced by companies in the MENA* region.

*For the purpose of Dubai Lynx, the MENA region is classed as: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Tunisia, UAE, Westbank & Gaza, Western Sahara, Yemen.

If you’re unable to meet all the requirements on this list, your entry may be ineligible for Dubai Lynx 2023. Failure to meet all these requirements could see your entry being disqualified or withdrawn without a refund.

Eligibility dates

Is your work eligible for Dubai Lynx?

To ensure that work judged at Dubai Lynx is fresh and reflective of the work that drives the industry forward it is important we structure the competition with eligibility dates. Where your work should be entered is dependent on: when and how the work was implemented and the Lynx that is being entered, please see further down this page for full details for each Lynx and for each year.

If you're not sure whether your work is eligible, get in touch. We strongly recommend checking eligibility before you start to create your entry submissions (see info on refunds and withdrawals).

The key eligibility dates for Dubai Lynx are 1 January 2022 to 7 February 2023.

For the following awards the eligibility dates are 1 January 2022 to 7 February 2023. A minimum of 50% of the campaign implementation must have run within these dates.

Brand Experience & Activation Creative Commerce Design Digital Direct Entertainment Glass: The Award for Change Healthcare Integrated Media Mobile PR Social & Influencer

For the following awards the eligibility dates are 1 January 2022 to 7 February 2023. All element(s) / executions being entered / judged must have been implemented for the first time within these dates.

Film Film Craft Industry Craft Outdoor Print & Publishing Radio & Audio

To be eligible for Creative Strategy Lynx the strategy being judged relates to work first implemented between 1 January 2020 - 7 February 2023.

Can I re-enter my work if I entered in 2022?

The same piece of work cannot be submitted into the same Lynx in consecutive years. However, providing the eligibility dates are met, you may enter the work into an alternative Lynx.

We understand that some campaigns span several years, in these cases you will need to demonstrate a significant evolution in order to be considered.

The Festival has the right to decide if the work has evolved sufficiently and can be deemed as a new, eligible entry.

If you’re not sure whether your work is eligible for Dubai Lynx 2023 get in touch. We strongly recommend checking eligibility before you start to create your entry submissions.