The Guyana Annual 2018 launched -over 30 persons received prizes
DPI, Guyana, Thursday, May 24, 2018
At the launch of the Guyana Annual 2018, more than 30 persons today, received prizes for participating in the various competitions featured in the magazine’s 2018 edition.
The competition comprised 11 categories which included new additions of Photography, Journalism, Cartoon, Drama and Oil and Gas.
In addition to the Open Short Story, the Junior Short Story, the Open Poetry and the Junior Poetry categories, the 2018 edition inaugurates the bestowal of awards, named after prominent individuals in the creative industry.
These were the Sheila King Award for Short Stories for Children, the Bobby Fernandes Award for Photography, the Stephanie Correia Award for Fine Arts, the David de Caires Prize for Journalism, the Hawley Harris Prize for Cartooning and the Bertram Charles Prize for Drama.
Magazine Editor Danielle Swain said the event was important since it marked 20 years since the magazine was reinstated, and see the return of the competition aspect.
“The annual has come home. She has returned to her roots, which was and still is, to nurture and sustain emerging talents whilst honouring those who have come before us”, Swain said. She noted the judges selected for the contest were among those who have excelled in the creative industries over the years.
With the outsourcing of print magazines, the Guyana Annual aims to keep alive the traditional style of print medium. However, millennials can now enjoy an online version of the journal via its website, Facebook page or Amazon.
“Our stories need to be told, whichever medium we use to tell it. Our wish is that contributors and readership alike see the importance of the creative industries to the development of Guyana”, Swain noted.
Moving forward, the editor indicated that the Annual’s committee will be partnering with the Centre for Communication Studies (CCS) and other organisations to conduct workshops for the magazine.
By: Crystal Stoll
Images by Anil Seelall.