29 November 2011

Winners of the International Video Production Competition “My City, Our World Heritage”


The Organization of World Heritage Cities unveiled on November 23, 2011, in Sintra, Portugal, the names of the winners of the first edition of the Video Making International Competition “My City, Our World Heritage”. The award ceremony was held in the presence of the president of the Organization, Mr. Harry Brinkman, who pointed out that this competition was an excellent means to reach young people and to raise their awareness about their heritage.

Jury members were Vesna Vujicic-Lugassy, Specialist of Promotion, Publication and Education Programs at UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, Geoff Steven, Director of the Our place – the World Heritage Collection Project, as well as Gabriel Lacroix-Dufour, Programs Administrator of the OWHC. 

The jury members were delighted with the 14 videos received from ten cities that are members in good standing of the OWHC: Aranjuez, Cordoba, Granada and Segovia in Spain, Kutná Hora in Czech Republic, Olinda in Brazil, Puebla in Mexico, Québec in Canada, Tallinn in Estonia, as well as Hallstatt in Austria. The evaluation criteria for the two categories, namely young people aged from 14 to 17 and those from 18 to 21, were the following: 1) the quality of the production; 2) how the content was dealt with 3) originality and creativity.

The winners

The international prizewinner in the 14-17 years of age category is Sr. David Vara Vázquez of the city of Puebla for the video ¿A dónde debo ir?

This video instills pride and offers an imaginative, lively and exhaustive glimpse of the historic centre of Puebla. As mentioned by the jury members, the quality of the production is also very impressive.

The mayor of Puebla, Sr. Eduardo Rivera Pérez, was proud to receive an honorary certificate during the 10th World Congress of the OWHC. In the next few months, Sr. Pérez will host a representative of the Organization, who will present an honorary certificate and a prize of $500 US to the international prizewinner. 

In the 18-21 years of age category, the international prizewinner is Don Raúl Antolínez Postigo for the video Viaja a Segovia.

This video won over the jury by its originality, rhythmic and energetic sound track, as well as the spirit of youth that strongly emerges.  

The mayor of Segovia, Don Pedro Arahuetes García, was pleased to receive the honorary certificate. The international prizewinner, who was to accompany the Mayor and be our guest of honor at this Congress, had to decline the invitation of the OWHC for personal reasons, indicated the President of the Organization. When he returns to Segovia, the Mayor will hand over an honorary certificate and a prize of $500 US to the prizewinner on behalf of the OWHC.