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National Israeli Culture Photography Competition

National Israeli Culture Photography Competition FINALISTS!

Why do we love Israel so much? So, the answer to this question is all over Facebook

National Israeli Culture Photography Competition ended on Monday, 30th September 2013, with over 200 entries… The competition has proved an educational, inspirational and meaningful experience for all those involved.

The competition required participants to email photography to do with Israeli Culture, later posted on Facebook for friends and followers to see and adapt to… The National Israeli Culture Photography Competition received over 200 entries in Australia! Among this community’s many meaningful social and educational roles, giving young adults an opportunity to examine their own Jewish, Zionist and Australian identities remains one of the most important and crucial tasks before this organisation. “I believe it is our role to assist in compelling, attractive events and programs for young professionals that appeal not only to their social and cultural sensibilities, but also provide a framework for discussing those trends” Says Hagshama Director – Dana Amir. Therefore, this new competition both draws in many young adults as well as prove an educational, inspirational and meaningful experience for all those involved. The competition required participants to email photography to do with Israeli Culture, later posted on Facebook for friends and followers to see and adapt to.

The Facebook went viral, and photos were shared for the whole world to view, individuals shared their love to Israel. There were entries from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, even a few from the rest of the world, though we had to deny those entries. 20 photos were printed and displayed in the 2013 ZFA plenary, including a slideshow of all entries to all guests. They were also displayed in the Farewell to Ambassador Yuval Rotem in Sydney.

The main Goals:

  • The competition will grant participants an opportunity to relate their own lives and heritage as Australian Jews to the questions of identity, independence, recognition and autonomy for the Jewish/Israeli people.
  • The competition will provide a creative and artistic framework to express these thoughts and conclusions in a way that is not commonly used in more traditional institutions (school, youth movement, adult community activities).
  • The competition will inspire young adults to become involved in the Jewish community by giving them an attractive, worthwhile event/project to spark their interest and in which to invest their time.
  • The competition will culminate in an event that can be attended by participants, their friends and family and the general public and which will include and promote discussions on the topics raised by the competition and works submitted – mainly Israeli Culture.

The prize: an iPad mini.

Our judges: The judges who chose the top 10 finalists are Photographer Nadine Saacks and Head Designer at Nadine Saacks Photography – Renzo B. Larriviere.
Nadine Saacks majored in photography whilst completing her Fine Arts Degree. Now with over 20 years of experience in professional wedding & portrait photography.

Entries closed on the 30th September 2013, and on the 7th October 10 finalists were announced. The winner to be announced on Thursday, 24th October.

The finalists are: Danna Fain, Oren Elran, David Sokol, Phoebe Port, Elliot Freedman, Jason Silverstone, Tanya Strusberg, Sue Kupferman and 2 photos by Claudia Shmueli

View the 10 finalists!! Look out for this week’s Jewish News to see all 10 finalist photos.