The World Catholic Association for Communication
SIGNIS ASIA MEDIA AWARDS (SAMA) 2017
Call for Entries.
Stories of Hope
(Every SIGNIS ASIA Member Country should send an entry)
LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION: June 5th 2017
An Introduction to the Theme:
In the Words of Our Pope Francis!
In a world
where so much bad news can anesthetize people or lead them to despair, the
media cannot and should not ignore 'good news' stories, stories which we see as
a reflection of the greater news that God is a loving father.
for I am with you', are the words believers hear whispered in the midst of
the world's tumult. Professionals, opinion leaders and means of
communication are based in affluent areas, distant from the places of poverty
and need. The physical location too often translates into ignorance of the
complexities of the lives of most women and men today.
anesthetization of conscience of letting despair get the better of us are two
possible 'diseases' that our current communication system can cause.
appears that communications media are used as part of a 'genuine strategy' for
creating fear, but we have good news to tell because we contemplate trustfully
the prospect of the Kingdom.
It is an
invitation to tell the story of the world and stories of men and women in
accordance with the logic of the 'good news' that reminds us that God never
ceases to be a father to all people and in all situations. Let us learn to
communicate trust and hope for history.
Reflections on the Theme: Seeds of Hope!
We can't but help dealing with human dignity, peace, and love.
These elements are also included in the stories of hope. .
We try to seek for seeds of hope in despair. Take for instance,
adults and children among multi-regional and religious societies. Though adults
strictly oppose each other, their children can mingle with each other. We can
find the seeds of hope among children
the real hope in the depth of despair
We can look for positive approaches.
For example, though many youth are addicted to smart phones, they
can find meaningful ways of using them. Smart phone is a gift from God. How to use
the gift is left to individuals.
We come across thought provoking phrases. For example: We can see real hope in the depth of despair.
Crises present opportunities. The best opportunities can be found in times of
crisis. Opportunities are found in times of crisis.
'If winter comes, can spring be far behind?' is a famous phrase from
Shelley's Ode to the West Wind. Daylight comes after night!
Whenever we are in the depth of despair, we console ourselves by
saying, 'Nothing could be as bad as all that'.
Or, 'Just improvement is left before us'. Or 'This too shall pass'.
Has the 'Story era' come to an end?
A story is a very useful device to attract the attention of
people. Story marketing is very common today.
The story is an inevitable element for producing a radio program.
The legendary radio producer, Orson Wells, emphasizes that the 'radio
is an ideal medium to deliver the story'. Story and music are two pillars for
radio. A story is a powerful tool for communication.
2017 - CATEGORIES
Prize: US $ 500 + Trophy + Certificate
Prize: US $ 750 + Trophy + Certificate
POSTER: First Prize: US $
300 + Trophy + Certificate
PHOTOGRAPHY: First Prize: US $ 300 +
Trophy + Certificate
RADIO: (Synopsis in English is a Must)
Prize: US $ 300 + Trophy + Certificate
First Prize: US $ 500 + Trophy +
- One country can
send any number of entries. One contestant can send any number of entries.
- Either the
Country President or if a country has many regions, the Regional President
should acknowledge that the production is from a contestant belonging to Signis
contacts. This is important since our announcement will be out in the social
media and general public may like to participate whereas this contest is for
people from Signis contacts.
- Material should
have been produced from July 2016 to March 2017
- Radio Programmes
should have synopsis in English
- Photos and Poster
should be sent online with not less than 300 dpi in JPEG format.
- Jury's decision
IMPORTANT: Every SIGNIS ASIA Member Country should send an entry at least in one
category. Every year Signis Asia Screening Committee has been recommending the
production of Video and Radio programmes on values. The entries for SAMA do not
match with the number of productions we undertake every year. Kindly motivate the young minds to reflect on
the theme and send more entries!
Kindly send your Entries through online, email, google drive and
Mr. Ly Sovanna (email@example.com) and
Dr. Magimai Pragasam (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION: 15 MAY 2017