BADIL proudly announced the winners of the 2010 Al-Awda Award at the Fourth Annual Awda Awards Ceremony. The award aims to foster Palestinian talent and creativity and to raise the profile of the Palestinian Nakba and the right of all forcibly displaced Palestinians to return to their homes and lands As with previous years, the Awda Award Festival launched the Nakba commemoration activities in Palestine that continued over the subsequent months.
Award recipients received their prizes on Wednesday 5 May 2010 in two Awda Award Festivals: one held at the Ramallah Cultural Palace (West Bank), and another in the hall of Popular Committee for Community Services- El Nusayrat Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip. The categories of the 2010 Al-Awda Award included: Best Nakba Commemoration Poster, Best Research Paper, Best Written Journalism Article, Best Caricature, and Best Photograph (photographer under 18).
Prizes were granted by the representative of the jury for each category. The Palestinian artist Sulaiman Mansour presented the awards for the Best Commemoration Nakba Poster, Artist Mohammad Sabaaneh presented the award for Best Caricature, Artist Alaa Badarneh presented the awards for Best Photograph, Journalist Najib Faraj presented the awards for Best Written Journalism Article, and attorney Shawqi Al-Issa presented the award for Best Research Paper.
At the Ramallah festival, an exhibition showcasing the best submissions in the caricature, poster and photography categories was held before the festival. The festival was first opened with the Palestinian national anthem, followed by Badil’s opening speech given by Tayseer Nasrallah. A highlight of this year's festival was the presence of two celebrity guests via satellite from Lebanon: celebrated singer Ahmad Kaabour and renowned poet Zahi Wahbi performed to the packed audience. After prizes were handed to the winning participants, the night came to a close with the beautiful folkloric Palestinian dance presented by the Wishah Troupe for Popular Dance, who were able to fill the stage with movement, color, and enthusiasm.
This year's Awda Award participants hailed from across the globe. While most submissions came from various parts of Palestine, many submissions were sent in from Palestinian refugees in exile, as well as from artists, writers and researchers from all over the world.
The jury members for each category were composed of internationally renowned Palestinian artists, academics, poets, and authors. Members of the different juries described this year’s competition as exceeding expectations in most categories, confirming that, in addition to being a platform for amateurs, the award has drawn the attention of established artists and intellectuals.