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12 March 2014 – The much anticipated winners of the 8th Dubai Lynx Awards have  been revealed and celebrated at the region’s biggest awards ceremony, which was attended by over 1,800 people.

A team of 43 respected and global jury members came together in Dubai and spent three days judging over 2,279 pieces of work from 18 countries which were entered across 15 categories. After shortlisting 503 entries, the juries went onto award 207 winners: 4 Grand Prix, 41 Gold, 70 Silver and 92 Bronze trophies. The UAE took home the most trophies, followed by Lebanon and Egypt.

The Grand Prix in each category have been awarded as follows:

Branded Content & Entertainment – No Grand Prix Awarded
15 Winners (4 Gold, 5 Silver, 6 Bronze)

Design – No Grand Prix Awarded
16 Winners (4 Gold, 5 Silver, 7 Bronze)

Direct – No Grand Prix Awarded
9 Winners (4 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze)

Film – No Grand Prix Awarded
14 Winners (3 Gold, 2 Silver, 9 Bronze)

Film Craft – No Grand Prix Awarded
25 Winners (6 Gold, 8 Silver, 11 Bronze)

Integrated – No Grand Prix  Awarded
6 Winners (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze)

Interactive – No Grand Prix Awarded
7 Winners (1 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze)

Media Grand Prix – Memac Ogilvy Label Tunisia, Tunis, C. S. Hammam-Lif, ‘Mobilizing the 12th Man’
34 Winners (1 Grand Prix, 5 Gold, 11 Silver, 17 Bronze)

Mobile Grand Prix – Memac Ogilvy Label Tunisia, Tunis, C. S. Hamman-Lif, ‘Mobilizing the 12th Man’
2 Winners (1 Grand Prix, 1 Gold)

Outdoor – No Grand Prix Awarded
15 Winners (1 Gold, 6 Silver, 8 Bronze)

PR – No Grand Prix Awarded
16 Winners (4 Gold, 5 Silver, 7 Bronze)

Print – No Grand Prix Awarded
12 Winners (1 Gold, 4 Silver, 7 Bronze)

Print & Poster Craft Grand Prix – Impact BBDO Dubai, UAE, Cimenterie Nationale, ‘Referee’, ‘Best Actress of the Year’, ‘Politician’s Discourse’
11 Winners (1 Grand Prix, x Gold, 4 Silver, 6 Bronze)

Promo & Activation Grand Prix – DDB Dubai, UAE, Henkel, ‘Preserving Pride’
18 Winners (1 Grand Prix, 6 Gold, 7 Silver, 4 Bronze)

Radio – No Grand Prix Awarded
7 Winners (4 Silver, 3 Bronze)

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 12 March 2014 – The Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity has drawn to a close after three inspirational days of creativity, learning and networking. The Awards Show, which will see the winners revealed and celebrated, is taking place tonight at the Madinat Arena, Dubai.

Ahead of the Awards, the final three shortlists have now been released by the juries. 18 have been shortlisted in Branded Content & Entertainment, 56 in Film Craft and 7 in Integrated.

Yesterday delegates enjoyed seminars from jury presidents Graham Fink and Gabriela Lungu, as well as PHD’s Mark Holden who looked at how thinking and mechanics can be used as a business model; Humberto Polar of Draftfcb Peru who explained how with increased humanistic approaches campaign effectiveness can improve; WPP’s John O’Keefe who gave his argument for the importance of getting back to basics and coming up with ideas; Laura Krajecki from Starcom MediaVest who discussed the current era of visual engagement; and Ogilvy & Mather’s Rory Sutherland who looked at understanding human decision making and the resulting consumer responses to marketing.

10 Forums were delivered to packed rooms across the three days. Offering a smaller, more interactive learning environment, the Forums came from the Film Makers Panel, Infusion, iV2, Gyro, du, L & K Saatchi & Saatchi, photographer Euan Air, visual artist Gary Yong aka Enforce One, Brandhome, Google and YouTube

This year’s Dubai Lynx saw a huge dedication to the nurturing of talent with over 50 people taking part in tailored academies. Offering an unbeatable environment for the development of skills, the Lynx Academy offered exclusive learning opportunities to students; the Future Leaders of Marketing helped young marketers achieve their potential; Think Tank aided senior marketers in harnessing their creativity to build effective strategies; and the Digital Lab equipped attendees with a deeper understanding of digital creativity.

Prior to the Festival two student competitions were open, the Masar Student Creative Award for Print and the Du Integrated Student Award. Yesterday the winners of these awards were presented with their certificates on stage. Heela Daudzai from the American University in Dubai won the print competition and Shadan Khalaf from the University of Sharjah took first place in the integrated competition. Later today, the winner of a third competition, the 7-Day Brief powered by YouTube, will be announced at a press conference at the festival venue.

Excitement is currently building ahead of tonight’s Dubai Lynx Awards, the annual regional awards that see creative benchmarks set within the MENA region. The winners of the 2014 awards will be announced and honoured on stage, with celebrations taking place into the night. For up to date information on Dubai Lynx visit or Facebook.


Dubai Lynx on Instagram by Anubis

To share the Dubai Lynx 2014 experience we set up an Instagram account of the experience from our side of the table. I hope you enjoy and share your experience too.

You can follow us on instagram dubailynx Louai Alasfahani


creative animals


Client: Northwestern National Life

Country: USA

Less Original

Client: Teledymag commercial directory

Country: Kuwait

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Copy cat 2010 award of the year goes to Seif El Degwi

The above is screen shoot of the “Artist” Deviant Art page caprozo911 , notice that 85% of his work is either copycat, cliche’ or ghost ads!!! We have featured Seif’s “work” in the past in seperat posts so I will not duplicate the effort. Instead I will just post the links to the above examples from this blog and you can draw your own conclusions.

This is what happens when you copy and paste

Talent for sale

head shot

another #$$ hole

Smoking ghost


Self portrait of the “Designer” wearing his crown with the GAP logo which we all know is an abbreviation of Guy And Proud.


Bugging facts about Tonic Dubai copy-cats ads


Pet Flea and Tick Spot On “Never keep a parasite” – 2009
Source : Adsoftheworld
Agency : Shanghai J&J Advertising (China)

Petzone “Don’t let ticks and fleas become your pets” – 2010
Source : Coloribus
Agency : Tonic Dubaï (UAE)


Source: The very same haircut / Parasitisme créatif ?

Special Thanks to Joe La Pompe for e-mailing me this copy-cat example from Dubai.

Petzone “Don’t let ticks and fleas become your pets” – 2010
Source : Coloribus
Agency : Tonic Dubaï (UAE)

Pet Flea and Tick Spot On “Never keep a parasite” – 2009
Source : Adsoftheworld
Agency : Shanghai J&J Advertising (China)


paper plane

Publihsed in Campaign ME, January 15th 2006. Page: 28.


Royalty-free images and their abuse by advertising agencies in Kuwait

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Published in Focus Middl East Marketing Intelligence Report.  November 2004. Pages: 16 – 17.

Stock photography consists of existing photographs that can be licensed for specific uses. Publishers, advertising agencies, graphic artists, and others use stock photography to fulfill the needs of their creative assignments.

A customer who uses stock photography instead of hiring a photographer can save time and money, but can also sacrifice creative control. – Wikipedia

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Gulf Marketing Review


GMR – Gulf Marketing Review 2006


Self promotion ad for a Science Faction stock photo library published in Communications Arts magazine August 2006. issue number: 346. Page: 229.


The return of the star tribe


Client: Mitsubishi

Country: Kuwait – August, 2009.

Source: Mitsubishi: We Love You Thaaaat Much!


Featured in Al Rai daily Kuwaiti newspaper. Page: 24.

notice that both photos are from members of the Star Tribe.

I thought we were through with this phase, I thought I had exterminated these pirated stock images in Kuwait after exposing them in my previous research published in Awraq magazine back in 2004; however It seems some nostalgic Desk Top Publishers have made a come back and awakened them from their tomb. So be it. Here we go again.


Client: BKME (Bank of Kuwait & the Middle East)

Agency: Horizon FCB

Country: Kuwait

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Louai Alasfahani


ANUBIS was a very old god of the ancient Egyptians, universally worshipped throughout the land and became considered the gatekeeper and ruler of the underworld; the “Guardian of the veil“ he was “Lord of the Cleansing Room” and the opener of the roads of the North. “He observed the weighing of the deceased’s heart against the feather of Maat [Truth] and reported his findings to the jury of the gods.

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