Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest
Braille is the key to inclusion
The Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest is a worldwide initiative planned and sponsored by Onkyo Corporation and The Braille Mainichi, two Japanese firms actively engaged in the promotion of braille. Its European strand is run by the European Blind Union.
2014 Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest
EBU has been asked by Onkyo Corporation and by The Braille Mainichi to run the European strand of the 8th World Braille Essay Contest in 2014.
We propose a variety of themes for this year's contest so that participants can address the importance of braille from several angles (see rules below). The contest is open to all braille users, blind partially sighted or sighted, residing in an EU country or Israel. Please note that submissions must be made through the relevant EBU member organisation, and not directly to EBU.
1. Purpose and theme
1.1. The European braille essay contest run by the European Blind Union on behalf of Onkyo Corporation and the Braille Mainichi aims to promote the use of braille as a key to blind people's access to information and to their social inclusion.
1.2. We propose a variety of themes for this year's contest so that participants can address the importance of braille from several angles:
- “The role of braille in furthering visually impaired people's participation in political, economic, cultural, social and family life”. Braille in the age of technology, using braille at all ages, braille and voting, are but a few examples of how this theme may be addressed.
- “Life with braille - we encourage teachers, transcribers, those who use braille in any way or who would like to use it, to write about the role of braille". We encourage factual description of potential innovation, products and ideas for promoting braille throughout Europe.
- “Amusing stories about Braille”
- “The future of Braille: discuss”
- “What advantages and disadvantages does Braille have over print: discuss”
- “Inspiring change”. This is the theme for this year's International Women's Day. Describe how Braille can contribute to assert equal rights for women and girls.
2. General conditions
All braille users, including sighted users of braille, residing in an EBU country and Israel may take part in the contest regardless of age.
Participants shall submit an essay in digital format on one of the themes described in 1.2 above.
Participants may not submit more than one essay.
Essays shall be in English or in the author's national language.
Essays in the national language shall not exceed 1000 words (plus or minus a 10% tolerance).
Essays shall carry the following mentions:
- Name, surname, gender and age of participant,
- Name of the EBU national member processing the entry,
- Number of words in the national language.
Important: the above mentions should be inserted at the top of essays, before the title.
National members shall let EBU have the total number of essays submitted to them.
By taking part in the contest,
Authors shall assign automatically and exclusively to EBU worldwide all rights including copyright, and EBU may assign or license these rights.
Authors shall allow EBU to use their name and their essays in publicity as EBU may require.
As copyright holder, EBU may give permission to the authors and to their national members to make use of the essays as they see fit.
Onkyo winners shall provide EBU with their photographs and shall entitle EBU to reproduce, adapt, edit and publish their photographs on any media, including web and print.
Participants shall submit their essays to the EBU national member in their country no later than 30 April 2014.
EBU national members shall organise some form of pre-selection so as to submit no more than 5 entries to the EBU jury by 10 June 2014. They shall inform EBU of the total number of essays they have received and processed.
EBU national members shall translate the selected essays in English and send them on to the EBU jury in electronic format (please use word or rtf), at firstname.lastname@example.org
It will greatly help us if you name your files as follows: Country_Name_Surname of author.
The best Otsuki prize (First Prize): 2,000 US dollars.
Excellent Works prize:
- Junior category (up to 25): 1,000 US dollars.
- Senior category (over 25): 1,000 US dollars.
Fine Works prizes:
- Junior category (2 prizes): 500 US dollars each.
- Senior category (2 prizes): 500 US dollars each.
Results of the 2013 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 41 participants from 16 countries. The seven authors of the winning essays receive prizes made available by Onkyo and Braille Mainichi.
The First Prize winner is from Italy, Roobi Roobi, who wrote an essay entitled 'Braille Can Make You Fly'.
The winning essays are available in .doc format by clicking on the links in the list below.
Otsuki First Prize:
Braille Can Make You Fly, by Roobi Roobi (Italy)
Excellent Works Prize:
Fine Works Prize:
- Braille Changes Your Life, by Edvinas Juraitis (Lithuania)
- Life with Braille, by Olga Aleksandrova (Russia)
- A Shining Silver Line In My Life, by Mirela Kapedani (Albania)
- Lala, The Marionette Who Doesn't Want To Get Dusty, by Maria del Mar Paredes Herrero (Spain)
Highly commended by EBU: