BADIL Launches the 5th Annual Al-Awda Award

 

5th Annual Al-Awda Award (2011)

Call for Submissions

 

My homeland is not a travel-bag and I am not leaving

The categories of the 2011 al-Awda Award are:

1) Best Nakba Commemoration Poster
2) Best Nakba Caricature
3) Best Children's Story
4) Best Article (Written Journalism)
5) Best Photograph

 

Bethlehem, Palestine, 17 October 2010 – The Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights has announced the launch of the 2011 Annual Al-Awda Awards competition, now in its fifth consecutive year. The Award is an initiative of Badil which aims to provide a platform for the use of creative expression to promote Palestinian cultural identity and Palestinian refugee rights, foremost among them the right to return.


General Rules and Regulations

In addition to the rules for each category, the following rules apply to all fields:
1. Participants must adhere to the rules and regulations for the competition category in which they wish to participate;
2. Submissions must be original and previously unpublished;
3. All participants whose submission discriminates on the basis of race, gender or religion will be excluded from the competition.
4. Categories are open to both Palestinians and non-Palestinians.
5. Participants can only participate with only ONE SUBMISSION PER COMPETITION CATEGORY, but may participate in more than one competition category;
6. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each competition category at the Awards Ceremony to be held in May 2011;
7. Badil commits to publishing the winning submissions as separate publications or as part of Badil's regular publications as specified for each competition category;
8. Badil reserves the right to keep, use, edit and publish all submissions at its discretion, while respecting the participants' intellectual property rights;
9. The award is judged by an independent and professional jury. Badil and participants are obliged to accept the decision and recommendations of the jury.
10. The deadline for participants to send their submissions to Badil is 15 March 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Best Nakba Commemoration Poster

 

Topic

The poster is to deal with the commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba. In this vein, the artwork is to draw on the themes of the 1948 Nakba, the ongoing nature of the Nakba, forced displacement, the resistance to ongoing forced displacement, and Palestinians' connection to the land.


Specific Rules and Regulations
1. The general rules and regulations are part of the specific rules and regulation
2. The competition is open to all poster artists regardless of nationality, place of residence or age;
3. The poster is not required to include written text, if the poster design does include written text, the Arabic language is to be the main language used;
4. The poster must be original and previously unpublished, with a clear and original message;
5. Posters submitted in previous Al-Awda award contests will not be accepted;
6. For submissions prepared with the use of computers and image editing software, please use CMYK 6 for color printing settings. Submissions will not be returned to the artists;
7. The submission must be on A3 canvas size (300mm X 420mm) in high resolution (at least 250-300 DPI) and saved as a .gif or a .jpg file.
8. Participants should also submit a separate document that includes a brief description of the artist, postal address, phone number, and email address.

Award
The top three winners will receive:
First prize: $1000 US
Second Prize: $600 US
Third Prize: $400 US
Badil will also:
• Print 40,000 copies of the poster that wins the first prize, which will be distributed throughout historic Palestine and to all countries participating in the Nakba-63 commemorations;
• Award up to ten honorable mentions based on the decisions of the jury, and which will also be distributed at the May 2010 Awards Ceremony.
• Organize an exhibit of the best posters chosen by the jury

Jury members
Suleiman Mansour, Rana Bishara, Yusif Katalo, Mohammad Elayan, Omar Assaf

 



2. Best Nakba Caricature

Topic
The caricature is to deal with an aspect of the Palestinian refugee experience, the ongoing forced displacement of Palestinians, and/or Palestinian refugee rights. It can also deal with the official and/or popular, Palestinian and/or non-Palestinian political positions and attitudes with regards to the Palestinian right of return.

Specific Rules and Regulations
1. The general rules and regulations are part of the specific rules and regulation
2. The competition is open to all cartoonists/caricature artists regardless of nationality, place of residence or age;
3. The submission must be on A4 canvas size (210mm X 297mm); submitted as a JPEG file; quality 300 DPI;
4. Use of computers and image editing software is permitted;
5. Hand drawn submissions (ink/water-colors/oil on paper, etc. - i.e. Those not prepared digitally), we prefer that the originals be mailed to Badil to ensure the highest quality for scanning and storing;
6. Submissions may be black and white or in color;
7. Participants should also submit a separate document that includes a brief description of the artist, postal address, phone number, and email address.

Award
The top three winners will receive:
First prize: $1000 US
Second Prize: $600 US
Third Prize: $400 US
Badil will also:
• Award up to ten honorable mentions based on the decisions of the jury, and which will also be distributed at the May 2010 Awards Ceremony.
• Organize an exhibit of the best caricatures chosen by the jury

Jury members
Amr Okasha, Imad Hajjaj, Nehad Boqai', Umaya Juha, Osama Al Ayasa, Mohammed Sabaneh, Nasser al-Ja'fari

 

3. Best Children's Story

Topic
Story should cover an aspect of the Palestinian child's refugee experience, human and national rights in particularly the right to return to their original homes.

Specific Rules and Regulations
1. The general rules and regulations are part of the specific rules and regulation.
2. The story must be relevant to children under 10 years of age.
3. The submission must be in Arabic either Modern Standard or colloquial;
4. The word limit for submissions is 250 words;
5. Winning submissions will be subject to editing prior to publication.
6. Participants should submit their articles as Word files (.doc) including a brief description of themselves and their contact information.

Award
The top three winners will receive:
First prize: $1000 US
Second Prize: $600 US
Third Prize: $400 US
Badil will also:
• Publish the first three winning submissions either as part of Badil's regular publications or as a separate publication as Badil and the jury members see fit;
• Give each winner 100 printed copies of their story.
• Award up to ten honorable mentions based on the decisions of the jury, and which will also be distributed at the May 2011 Awards Ceremony.

Jury members
Zakariya Mohammad, Mahmoud Shkair, Issa Qaraqe, Rinad Kobaj, Maysoon Asadee, Majdi Al-Shomali

 



4. Best Article (Written Journalism)

Topic
Articles should cover an aspect of the Palestinian refugee experience and/or that of ongoing forced displacement. The subject of the article must be non-fictional and current, but writers have the full freedom to recall and refer to older events.

Specific Rules and Regulations
1. The general rules and regulations are part of the specific rules and regulation.
2. The length of the research paper must be no more than 1200 words long;
3. The submission must be in Modern Standard Arabic, while the use of colloquial dialects is permitted as the writer sees fit;
4. It is recommended that writers attach an appropriate photograph (in .jpg format) to accompany the article, while citing the source of the photograph;
5. The first three winners in this category from previous Al-Awda Award contests will be excluded from the contest.
6. Participants should submit their articles as Word files (.doc) including a brief description of themselves and their contact information.

Award
The top three winners will receive:
First prize: $1000 US
Second Prize: $600 US
Third Prize: $400 US
Badil will also:
• Publish the winning submissions either as part of Badil's regular publications or as a separate publication as Badil and the jury members see fit;
• Award up to ten honorable mentions based on the decisions of the jury, and which will also be distributed at the May 2011 Awards Ceremony.

Jury members
Abedlnasser al-Najar, Shireen Abu Aqleh, Qasem Khatib, Naser al-Lahham, Najeeb Farraj, Khalil Shaheen

 


5. Best Photograph

Topic
The photograph is to deal with effects and consequences of the Palestinian Nakba, ways of confronting the challenges created by the Nakba, and/or the Palestinian refugee experience.

Specific Rules and Regulations
1. The general rules and regulations are part of the specific rules and regulation.
2. Photographs can be in color or black and white;
3. Photographs must be in their original state, i.e. They should not be edited through image manipulation programs. If an edited photo is submitted, it must be accompanied by the original unedited photo;
4. Participants should not place any text on the photos (including the name of the photographer);
5. Submissions must be in high resolution (300 DPI) and sent as a .jpg file;
6. Photographs must innovative, original and of a current subject. Previously published Photographs and those submitted to other contests will not be accepted;
7. While Badil will make every effort to disqualify plagiarized submissions, Badil is not legally responsible for any error relating to photographers' intellectual property rights;
8. Badil reserves the right to use all submissions in this category while respecting photographers' intellectual property rights;
9. Photographs should be sent by email as separate attachments. Participants should also attach a Word document with a brief description of themselves, their contact information, and a brief caption (no more than 50 words) describing the photograph (time, place, people, description, etc. As appropriate).

Award
The top three winners will receive:
First prize: $1.000 US
Second Prize: $600 US
Third Prize: $400 US
Badil will also:
• Publish the winning submissions as part of Badil's regular publications and as Badil sees fit;
• Award up to ten honorable mentions based on the decisions of the jury, and which will also be distributed at the May 2011 Awards Ceremony.
• Organize an exhibit of the best photographs chosen by the jury.

Jury members
Ibrahim Melhem, Alaa Badarnah, Louay Sababa, Rula Halawani, Makboola Nassar, Mahfouth Abu-Turk



How to Participate

Submissions should be:
1. Sent by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. and/or
2. Hand delivered or posted to:
Badil Resource Center
PO Box 728
Bethlehem, Palestine
Phone: +972-2-277-7086
Fax: +972-2-274-7346

Badil commits to confirming receipt of each submission in writing.

 

 

 

Al Awda Award Ceremony

Badil will organize in May 2010 a ceremony to present the award to the winners of each category and to celebrate all submissions. The ceremony will be attended by a number of well-known public figures and will be covered by international, national and local media. There will also be an exhibit presenting the work of the best photographic, caricature and poster submissions as well as published submissions from previous years.