Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest
The 2016 Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest
EBU will run the European strand of the 10th World Braille Essay Contest in 2016. The contest was initiated in 2007 to promote the use of braille all over the world and has since been funded by Onkyo Corporation and by The Braille Mainichi.
This year again, we propose a variety of themes so that participants can address the importance of braille from several angles (see rules). Authors are invited to give all themes their own imaginative interpretation and to be creative, using formats different from telling one's life story, such as a letter, a poem, or an interview.
EBU national members will be responsible for the collection, selection of up to five essays and their translation into English.
Please note, individuals from European countries are welcome to participate, but must do so through the intermediary of the corresponding EBU member organisation in their country. Do not send entries directly to EBU, they will not be accepted.
Looking forward to a successful World Braille Essay Contest 2016!
Results of the 2015 Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest
The European strand of the Contest was once again run by EBU.
The winners were selected from a total of 44 participants from 14 countries. The seven authors of the winning essays receive prizes made available by Onkyo and Braille Mainichi.
The First Prize winner is from Russia, Vladislav IVANOV, pictured below, who wrote an essay entitled 'Braille in my Life'.
The winning essays are available in .doc format by clicking on the links in the following list;
Otsuki First Prize:
Braille in my Life, by Vladislav Ivanov (Russia)
Excellent Works Prize:
- Junior Category: Lewis Shaw, (UK) Saying goodbye to Ally and Ation
- Senior Category: Lyn STREET, (UK) What advantages and disadvantages does Braille have over print
Fine Works Prize:
- Gerhard POLZIN, (Germany) Six are getting through the whole, wide world
- Suzanne KUNZ, (Switzerland) Braille as a career and a magical key
Highly commended by EBU:
- Peter ZSIGMOND, (Hungary) Brilliant! Now, that's What!
- Karin AUDOVA, (Estonia) Life Beyond The Rainbow
- Maurizio GABELLI, (Italy) The silent ritual
- Christel JUNG, (Germany) Braille as an escape agent
Commended by EBU:
Alexandre FERREIRA DE ALMEIDA, Portugal, Not to be seen, but to be felt