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BADIL Announces Al-Awda Award for the year 2012

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Al-Awda Award Competition 2012

For the sixth consecutive year, BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights announces the launch of the Al-Awda Award competition 2012.

BADIL has changed the award program in 2012 with regard to the procedure, conditions, categories and prizes. These developments and changes are based on BADIL’s annual plan which is aiming to strengthen programs and projects in order to promote the principles of a rights-based approach to the plight of Palestinian refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, and at promoting a creative public discourse about the ongoing Nakba (displacement) of Palestinians over 63 years.

Procedure
Instead of organizing a one day award ceremony, BADIL has divided the prize ceremony into three separate phases, each one ending with a national public event. This partition is in order to activate and strengthen the overall efforts and common popular activities throughout the year. By such distribution, BADIL hopes to ensure and increase the opportunities for participation, quality and variety of the entries, as well as to raise the level of interaction and fruitful results.

The program has been divided into 3 stages:

Phase I: "Commemoration of the Nakba 64 " (May 2012) which includes two categories: "Best Poster of the Nakba Commemoration", and "Best Photographic Story".

The deadline for submitting entries is March 30, 2012. The names of the winners will be announced during the "Commemoration of the Nakba 64", by mid-May 2012.

Phase II: "World Refugee Day" (20 June 2012); consisting of two main categories: "Best Caricature" and "Best Photo for Youth under 18 Years Old."

The deadline for submitting entries is May 10, 2012. The names of the winners will be announced at the activities linked to the World Refugee Day on June 20th, 2012, at a popular event which will be organized by BADIL.

Phase III: “Anniversary of UNGA Resolution 194" (December 11th, 2012). This phase includes 2 categories: "Best Documentary Film" and "Best Children’s Story."

The deadline for submitting the children’s stories is the 1st of September 2012 and the deadline for the submission of documentary films is on the 15th of October 2012. The names of the winners of both categories will be announced during a cultural and literary event which will be organized by BADIL on 11th of December 2012.

Categories
Two new categories have been added. The first category is photographic story (4 photos that tell a story about a particular topic) for the age group of over 18 years. The second category is a documentary film with the duration of 5 minutes maximum.

Prizes
Although the value of the award is not reflected by solely monetary value, BADIL has reconsidered the amounts of each prize and rank in a manner that ensures, as far as possible, a fair distribution within the different categories.

 

Prize Categories for the Al-Awda Award Competition 2012:

1. Al-Awda Award for the best photographic story (older than 18 years old).
2. Al-Awda Award for the best poster of the Nakba commemoration.
3. Al-Awda Award for the best Caricature of the World Refugee Day.
4. Al-Awda Award for photography (less than 18 years old).
5. Al-Awda award for short film documentary.
6. Al-Awda award for children's story.

 

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 entries contain discriminatory symbols or reflections on the basis of race, gender or religion or any other basis, will be excluded from the competition.
4. Participation is open to both Palestinians and non-Palestinians.
5. Participants can only submit 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 category- specific Awards Ceremony to be held in 2012;
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 depends on the specific category.

11. The materials are to be sent via e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail to the following address:

BADIL

PO. Box 728

Bethlehem, West Bank

Palestine


Phase I: "Commemoration of the Nakba 64 " (May 2012)

1. Al-Awda Award for the photographic story (older than 18 years old).

Photo story: the idea is for the photos to have a single theme throughout 4 photos which reflect the same subject or story.

Photographic subject of the story:
Central theme of the photo story should be the ongoing Nakba (the ongoing forcible displacement), and/or the manifestations of the Palestinian refugees’ suffering.
Special conditions:
1. The 4 photos should tell one story or illustrate one coherent situation.
2. The competition is open to all practitioners of the art of photography, regardless of nationality or place of residence.
3. The story/situation should only be comprised of 4 photos.  

4. Photos may be submitted in color or black and white.
5. A minimum of software editing is allowed; but only to crop the image, or change the color. It is not allowed to remove or add elements. The unedited original photo has to be submitted along with the edited entry for examination purposes. In the event that the use of editing software is proven, without having sent the unedited photo, the person will be disqualified from the whole competition.
6. Do not write any text on the photo story itself.

7. Pictures must be clear and high in precision, and sent as the file type (jpg) and the quality should be (dpi 300).
8. Images must be innovative, authentic and modern and should not have been published and / or submitted in any competition previously.
9. Submissions will not be returned to participants.

10. BADIL Resource Center does not assume legal liability for the breach of any rights to ownership of the pictures submitted to the competition.
11. BADIL claims full rights to use the images for non-financial purposes and the photographer will be credited alongside any such use of the image.
 

How to submit:
Submit the electronic version of the images in addition to a word document which contains a biography of the participant, and a brief explanation of the images including a photo ID (place, time, event / occasion, the characters, if necessary). This explanation should not be longer than 50 words.

 The deadline for entries is Friday, the 30th of March 2012.
The results are to be announced within the framework of the activities commemorating the Nakba in May 2012

The value of the awards:
• First prize: 500 Euros
• Second prize: 400 Euros
• Third prize: 300 Euros

BADIL will also provide:
• Printing and publishing of the winning photos in various BADIL publications.
• The establishment of a travelling exhibition in various places during the year 2012.

 

2 – Al-Awda Award for the best Nakba commemoration  poster
Topic

The poster should reflect the commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba. In this vein, the artwork should 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 and to the right of return.

Specific Rules and Regulations
1. The general rules and regulations are part of the specific rules and regulations.
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, but 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 (.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.

How to apply:
Size accepted is A3 (30 x42 cm). The electronic version of the poster must be submitted with clarity and precision (High Resolution at a minimum 250-300) File-type . Jpg. A curriculum vitae of the designer / artist should be attached.

 The deadline for entries is Friday, the 30th of March 2012
 
Award
The top three winners will receive:
First prize: 700 Euros
Second Prize: 450 Euros
Third Prize: 350 Euros

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 commemorations;
• Award up to ten honorable mentions, based on the decisions of the jury, which will also be distributed at the Awards Ceremony.
• Organize an exhibition of the best posters chosen by the jury

 

Phase II: "World Refugee Day" (20 June 2012)
 

1. Best Caricature for World Refugee Day

Topic
The caricature should reflect 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 regulations.
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. For 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.

8. Any submission with racist content or symbols of any kind will be excluded from the competition.

How to apply:
As well as the caricature, a word document must be submitted which should include a CV of five lines at most, Name or Nickname, Address, Phone number and E-mail address of the participant..

The last date for receipt of work is on Thursday 05/10/2012

The value of the award:
• First prize: 700 Euros
• Second Prize: 450 Euros
• Third prize: 350 Euros

BADIL will also provide:
• A printed version of the first prize winner to be published in more than 5000 copies distributed in all parts of Palestine and in exile.

• Organize an exhibition of the best caricatures chosen by the jury

 

2 – Al-Awda Youth photographic Award (under 18 years old)


Topic
The photograph should reflect 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 regulations.
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 be innovative, original and reflect 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).

 
The deadline for entries is Thursday 10/05/2012
Results will be announced at the event, World Refugee Day, which falls on 20 June.

The value of the award:
• First prize: 400 Euros
• Second prize: 300 Euros
• Third prize: 200 Euros

Badil will also:
• Print and publish winning photos in various BADIL publications.
• Organize an exhibition of the best caricatures chosen by the jury


Phase III: “Anniversary of UNGA Resolution 194" (December 11th, 2012)


 1 - Best Documentary Film

The short documentary must address the issue of the ongoing displacement of Palestinians within Historic Palestine and in exile and how Palestinians resist the forced displacement in all its forms (settlements, land confiscation, attacks, wall, checkpoints, house demolitions, residency rights revocations, etc.)

Special conditions:
2. The competition is open to all interested, regardless of nationality or place of residence.
3. It must be in Arabic language (spoken or subtitles).

4. The purpose of this film is a documentation and historical research and should not contain anything fictional.

 5. Techniques required for the documentary are high precision and quality video and audio recordings.
6. May not borrow clips or scenes from other already existing films.

7. The documentary film should not exceed 5-7 minutes in duration.

8. The documentary is not restricted to a particular method or technique, but requires PAL-SP in the process of filming and editing.

9. Participants must submit their work on DVD for the purpose of evaluation, and in the event of winning, the winning films should be sent on Mini Cassette DV-SP for the purpose of broadcasting.  
10. Materials of the participants will not be returned to them.

11. BADIL claims the full right to copy, display, transmit and distribute any of the films participating in the award and the film maker/s will be credited in all cases.

12. Any film containing racist content or symbols of any kind will be excluded from the competition.

How to apply:
Films must be delivered on DVD and be accompanied by a curriculum vitae of the participant including address, phone number and the working script of the film.

The last date for delivery of movies Monday the 15th of October 2012

The value of the award:
First prize: 2000 Euros
Second prize: 1000 Euros

Badil will also provide:

-A screening of the winning films ranked in first and second place including a discussion with the film-makers during the evening of the event of the Anniversary of UNGA Resolution 194 on 11 December 2012.
-Badil will also honor the best 3 posts (non-winners of the first and second phases) by giving them awards during the cultural evening.


2 – Al Awda Award for Children's Stories

Topic
The Story should cover an aspect of the Palestinian child's refugee experience, human and national rights, in particular 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 regulations.
2. The story must be suitable for children under 8 years of age.
3. The submission must be in Arabic, either Modern Standard or colloquial;
4. The word limit for submissions is 200 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.
8. Copies will not be returned to the participants.


Deadline for submission of stories is the first of September 2012

The value of the award:
• First prize: 800 Euros
• Second prize: 600 Euros
• Third prize: 400 Euros

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, which will also be distributed at the 2012 Awards Ceremony.


Submissions should be:
1. Sent by email to: This e-mail 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.