Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dubai Media City heralds the start of the new academic year with the launch of the eighth edition of the Ibda’a Media Student Awards. The regions most illustrious awards provide a platform to recognize and showcase young talent in the media field. Themed ‘Let It Out’, this year’s awards include a new category – Digital Design. The new category aims to showcase talent in digital interfaces. The awards create a platform for fresh talent in the media field, benefitting both students as well as potential employers.

The awards are open to all undergraduate and fresh graduates of the 2009-2010 academic year. The deadline for entry submission has been fixed for the 8th of October, 2009 while the shortlisted entries will be exhibited between 15th and 20th of November, 2009. The gala awards ceremony is to be held on the 19th of November.

The categories include:
  • Journalism (non-news)
  • Radio Feature
  • Animation
  • Graphic Design
  • Analogue Photography
  • Digital Photography
  • Print Advertising
  • TV Advertising
  • Film TV Feature
  • Film TV Documentary
  • Mobile Film

Since its launch in June 2001, Ibda’a has attracted entries from all around the globe. Last year saw over 2,200 entries from over 20 different countries. This year is expected to be bigger than ever with attractive internship offers as well as awards from media giants like ARN, CNN, CNBC Arabia, Brash, Leo Burnett, Xische, MBC, Motivate Publishing, Nikon, Team Young & Rubicam and Zee Aflam.

This year’s awards will include road shows in colleges and universities for the finalists to display their work and interact with both, the media and the public. To extend its reach even further, Ibda’a Awards will make use of popular interactive platforms like Facebook and Twitter to disseminate all related updates.

In a bid to spread environmental awareness as well as to allow a wider participation, DMC has allowed online entry submissions in selected categories. Aramex has also been roped to make entry submissions more convenient.

For further details as well as online entry forms visit - www.ibdaa-awards.ae

Posted by Blassy Boben

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