BADIL Announces Al-Awda Award Winners for 2010 at 4th Annual Awards Ceremony

BADIL proudly announces the winners of the 2010 Al-Awda Award, the fourth annual public competition of its kind. 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 launches the Nakba commemoration activities in Palestine that will continue over the coming months.

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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.

 

The 2010 Winners are:

Category: Best Nakba Commemoration Poster
Members of the jury: Yousif Ktlo, Sulaiman Mansour, Makboula Nassar, Mohammad Alayan, Omar Assaf.

Name: Mosaab Jamal Abu Sil
Prize: First
Gaza
Age: 22

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Name: Ashraf Ahmad Ghareeb
Prize: Second
Gaza
Age: 39

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Name: Ibrahim Ahmad
Prize: Third
Salfeet
Age: 23

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Category: Best Caricature
Members of the jury: Ommaya Juha, Nuhad Baqai, Naser Al- Jaafari, Mohammad Sabaaneh, Imad Hajjaj.

Name: Morad Nael Rashed Daraghmeh
Prize: First
Ramallah
Age: 23

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Name: Ahmad Ashraf Ghareeb
Prize: Second
Gaza
Age: 39

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Name: Ahlam Azam Ahmad Othman
Prize: Third
Qalqilya
Age: 35

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Category: Photograph (Photographer under 18)
Members of the jury: Ibrahim Melhem, Loay Sababa, Rola Halawani, Alaa Badarneh, Mahfouth Abu- Turk.

Name: Alaa Jamal Daajneh
Prize: First
Bethlehem
Age: 14

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Name: Aseel Ahmad Thawabteh
Prize: Second
Bethlehem
Age: 12

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Name: Abdel Fattah Yehya Daajneh
Prize: Third
Bethlehem
Age: 15

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Category: Best Research Paper
Members of the jury: Dr. Aziz Haydar, Norma Masriya, Shawqi Al-Issa

Name: Husam Hilmi Yousef El-Agha
Prize: Second
Gaza
Age: 41

Name: Mazen Salah Attiya El-Ajlah
Prize: Second
Gaza
Age: 49

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Category: Best Written Journalism
Members of jury: Abdel Nasser El-Najjar, Qasim Khateeb, Nasser El- Laham, Najeeb Farraj, Khalil Shaheen.

Name: Saed Yassin Asaad Kabha
Prize: First
Jenin
Age: 37

Name: Hussein Mahmoud Hassan Shaweesh
Prize: Second
Berlin, Germany
Age: 57

Name: Mahmoud Omar Mahmoud Al-Kurd
Prize: Third
Gaza
Age: 19