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SIGNIS Announces Winners of the SIGNIS Competitions 2013

Rome, February 27, 2014 (SIGNIS) – The awards of the SIGNIS Radio, Photo and Video Competitions 2013 were announced during the closing ceremony of the SIGNIS World Congress in Rome. The winners showcased the creativity of all the generations in expressing their hope for peace.

In the Video Competition, the first prize went to Franciscus Borgia Edgar, 23, of Indonesia for his short film “My Fast”. Edgar is also one the VJs participating in the Congress. In the Photo Competition, the jury chose a photo by Dennis Varghese, 23, from the US. And in the Radio Competition, Diego Alejandro Martinez, only 16, from Guatemala won first prize with a short radio production entitled “Quiero la Paz del Mundo”.

More than 60 entries were received for the SIGNIS Competitions 2013 which aimed to mobilize media practitioners, educators, religious communities and young people all over the world to express their vision of a Culture of Peace through radio production, video-making or photography.

The Competitions have their own Facebook page:

Thank you to all that participated and congratulations to all the winners!

Here is the complete list of prizes:


The jury composed of Bernardo Suate (Vatican Radio, Mozambique) and Ricardo Yáñez (SIGNIS, Argentina) give the awards for the SIGNIS Radio Competition 2013 to:

1st Prize: “Quiero la paz del mundo”, by Diego Alejandro Martínez Moreno (Guatemala)

2nd Prize: “Radio as a tool for creating a culture of peace”, by Winjoy Mbae (Kenya)

3rd Prize: “La Paz”, by Leyda Negrín García (Venezuela)


The jury composed of Magali Van Reeth (Film critic, France) and Sebastian Koladiyil (BEAMS, Kenya) give the awards for the SIGNIS Photo Competition 2013 to:

1st Prize: Dennis Varghese (USA)

2nd Prize: Erick Paúl Salazar Urgilez (Ecuador)

3rd Prize: Mohammad Rakibul Hasan (Bangladesh)

4th Prize: Diakonia - Universidad Católica Boliviana “San Pablo” (Bolivia)

5th Prize: Melissa Fernando (Malaysia)



The jury composed of Catherine Wong (HKDAVC, Hong Kong) and Larry Rich (Producer, USA) give the awards for the SIGNIS Video Competition 2013 to:

1st Prize: “My Fast”, by Franciscus Borgia Edgar (Indonesia)

2nd Prize: “Vos sos el ejemplo”, by Ernesto Paredes Pinoe (Bolivia)

3rd Prize: “Love More and Feel Peace”, by San May Nwe (Myanmar)

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