The 2023 Dubai Lynx Creativity Report saw Publicis Groupe sweep four Special Award wins, while ‿ and us recorded a top three position for the third year running. Additionally, Sweetwater MEA recorded their first ever ranking in Independent Agency of the Year
Dubai Lynx, MENA’s Festival and Awards for creative excellence in branded communications, has today published the first Dubai Lynx Creativity Report. The Report, which is available to everyone, shines a light on the best creative work, as selected by Lynx Juries and includes the rankings for this year’s top performing Networks, Agencies and Companies from the MENA region.
The 2023 rankings saw Publicis Groupe sweep four Special Award wins, taking first place in Network of the Year, Media Network of the Year, MENA Agency of the Year and the Lynx Palm Award. Saatchi & Saatchi ranked in the top three for the first time in their history, taking second place in both MENA Agency of the Year and Network of the Year. ‿ and us secured a top three position in Independent Agency of the Year for the third Festival running, and Sweetwater MEA record their first ever ranking.
Speaking about the report, Ian Fairservice, Vice Chairman, Dubai Lynx, said, “2023 has been an exciting year for Dubai Lynx, with the successful return of a physical event and now to have released the first Dubai Lynx Creativity Report. The trends and themes emerging from this year’s winning work showed brands to be disruptive, positively affecting culture and truly innovative. I’d like to congratulate all the shortlisted and winning companies, for setting the benchmark for creativity in MENA for a 16th year.”
Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, added, “The Dubai Lynx Creativity Report is a celebration of the most creative ideas from the region and we are excited to be able to share this with our community in MENA. This year’s winners showed a renewed emphasis on companies investing in creativity for growth, using cutting-edge technology and innovative ideas to reach commercial goals. Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted, or who won a Lynx Award. Your work is raising the standard of creativity, in MENA and beyond.”
The rankings are compiled using data from Lynx-winning and shortlisted work from 2023. The Dubai Lynx Creativity Report is powered by LIONS’ intelligence platform, The Work, housing the world’s most extraordinary creative thinking with insights on how it was briefed, researched, produced and crafted. The report is an essential tool for benchmarking creative excellence and effectiveness for the year ahead, sharing analysis and insights from the winning work and lessons on how brands are growing businesses and tackling some of the region’s most challenging problems in innovative ways. The themes covered include: ‘Speaking truth to power’, ‘Cutting through with commerce’, ‘Finding regional relevance’ and ‘Harnessing football fever’.
Access the full report, here
All results for the Dubai Lynx Awards can be found here.
The 2023 Jury Presidents line-up includes ten global experts who will lead the juries to award outstanding creativity in branded communications across MENA
Dubai Lynx, MENA’s premier Festival and Awards for creative excellence in branded communications, has announced the ten industry experts who will lead the 2023 juries.
The Jury Presidents will judge work entered across 21 different categories, including the newly launched Creative Commerce Lynx.
About the Jury Presidents, Philip Thomas, Chairman LIONS and Dubai Lynx, said, “We’re delighted to announce a host of renowned international talent to the Jury President line-up for Dubai Lynx 2023, featuring some truly remarkable creative leaders. Our Jury Presidents will bring their talent and prowess to ensure the Dubai Lynx Awards set the creative standard for the MENA region, as well as setting the future agenda. We look forward to seeing the body of work that will emerge following their discussions next year.”
2023 Dubai Lynx Jury Presidents include:
Brand Experience & Activation, Creative Commerce, Direct and Outdoor
Vicki Maguire – Chief Creative Officer, Havas London, UK
Creative Effectiveness and Creative Strategy
Anna Vogt, Chief Strategy Officer, VMLY&R London, UK
Design and Industry Craft
Sbu Sitole, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, The Odd Number, South Africa
Digital Craft, Mobile and Social & Influencer
Zoha Zoya, Group Creative Director, Head of Experience Design, R/GA, EMEA
Amani Duncan, CEO, BBH, USA
Rajay Singh, Film Director & Founder, Directors Think Tank, South East Asia
Film, Print & Publishing and Radio & Audio
Gustavo Lauria, Chief Creative Officer, We Believers, USA
Bernardo Romero, Maker, Klick Health, Canada
Kate Ivory, Agency Partner, Head of Strategy, OMD EMEA, EMEA
Tom Beckman, Global Chief Creative Officer, Weber Shandwick, Global
Entries into Dubai Lynx are being accepted until Thursday 2 February 2023. Click here for further information on the awards.
Motivate Val Morgan is the official representative of Dubai Lynx Festival in the UAE