Friday, November 27, 2009

The awards ceremony for the eighth Ibda'a Student Awards, hosted by Dubai Media City (DMC) was held on the 19th of November 2009 at the DMC amphitheatre.A glitzy gala dinner honoring creative flair declared the winners of 12 media categories from over 24,000 submissions on a global level, including 170 entries from the U.A.E. Senior government officials and representatives of leading media organizations and academic institutions were among those that attended the event, recognizing outstanding media talent.

The shortlisted candidates for the Ibda’a Awards from overseas were flown to Dubai, where they joined the UAE-based finalists at the grand Midwest Express Hotel Apartments in Discovery Gardens, Dubai. There were immersed in activities which included an exhibition showcasing their works.

The winners were selected by an elite panel of 20 judges from the International Advertising Association (IAA). The competition aims to recognize the best submissions in various categories including Journalism (non-news), Radio Feature, Animation, Graphic Design, Analogue Photography, Digital Photography, Print Advertising, TV Advertising, Film TV Feature, Film TV Documentary and Mobile Film.
The winners were granted internship opportunities with leading media organizations such as Arabian Radio Network (ARN), Xische, Team Y&R, Motivate Publishing, Nikon, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, CNBC Arabia, CNN and MBC.

 The finalists for the twelve categories

Following is the list of winners in the respective categories:

1. Journalism (non-news) - Stacey Pinto, Manipal University, UAE

2. Radio feature - Serman August Serra, Philippines

3. Animation - Sanjay Jangir, India

4. Graphic design - Purva Bakalkar, India

5. Analogue photography - Mohamad Amin Davaei, Iran

6. Digital photography - Reza Milani, Iran

7. Print advertising - Neha Katkar, India

8. TV advertising - Thabit Al Mawaly, UAE

9. Film TV feature - Rangoli Agarwal, India

10. TV documentary - Amir Masoud Hosseini, Iran

11. Mobile film - Naeema Amjad Pakistan

The award for the 'Best UAE Project' from submissions of the UAE-based university students was presented to Afra Bin Dhaher for her outstanding entry in Digital Photography category. Additionally, Brash FZ LLC awarded an internship to Fatima Obaid from the UAE for her creative submission. 

The Ibda'a Student Awards has established itself as an important platform showcasing young media capabilities to industry professionals thereby helping promote a remarkable interaction between the too.

By Sonya Mathias