IRCICA’s Tenth International Calligraphy Competition in the name of Hafiz Osman finalized and winners announced * 17 May 2016

IRCICA’s Tenth International Calligraphy Competition in the name of Hafiz Osman finalized and winners announced * 17 May 2016

The results of the Tenth International Calligraphy Competition organized by IRCICA were announced on 17 May 2016. From among 688 participants from 36 countries, 113 participants from 18 countries won awards. Out of 975 works presented to the competition, 314 were kept for the final selection stage. 122 works won awards.
In accordance with IRCICA’s tradition to dedicate each competition to an illustrious master of this art, the tenth competition was organized in the name of Hafiz Osman, who lived in Istanbul in the 17th century and made seminal contributions to the advancement of this art and perfection of its styles.
The competition results were announced by IRCICA Director General Assoc. Prof. Dr. Halit Eren at a ceremony and press conference held in the conference hall of Istanbul Dedeman Hotel in the morning of 17 May 2016. Artists and art experts and a large interested public attended the ceremony together with representatives of the international and local press. 
In the last part of the ceremony, ijazas (license given by the teacher to the student in the traditional way that authorizes the latter to practice and to teach this art) were presented to four calligraphers (one from Algeria, one from Malaysia and two from Turkey) who had completed their training programs coordinated by IRCICA.
The competition was organized in 11 categories of calligraphic styles, namely Jaly Thuluth, Thuluth, Naskh, Muhaqqaq-Reyhani, Jaly Taliq, Taliq (Nastaliq), Jaly Diwani, Diwani, Qufi, Rika and Maghribi.
The Jury was composed of the following specialists and masters of this art: Mr. Abdulridha Behiye al-Farjawi from Iraq, Mr. Jalil Rasuli from Iran, Mr. Fuad Başar from Turkey, Mr. Mossad Khodeir from Egypt, Mr. Obeyda Banki from Syria, Mr. Hamidi Belaid from Morocco, and Mr. Davut Bektaş from Turkey, with honorary members Prof. Uğur Derman and master calligrapher Hasan Çelebi.
In its evaluations the jury gave importance to precision of style. It observed the criteria of conformity with the rules of the art of calligraphy, creativity in composition, and adherence to the conditions of the competition and disregarded negligibly minor mistakes.
Observing that the necessary level of qualification was not reached in the Rika category, the jury withheld the first, second and third prizes for this style, deciding to distribute mentions and incentive awards only. On the other hand, it decided to allocate incentive awards of 750 US$ each to noteworthy entries other than the award-winners in the Jaly Thuluth, Thuluth, Naskh, Muhaqqaq-Reyhani, Jeli Diwani and Diwani categories. Thus at the end of the competition 38 awards, 33 mentions and 51 incentive awards (122 in total), were distributed to 113 participants from 18 countries. The total amount of prizes is 199,250 US$.
The winning entries were exhibited at Istanbul Dedeman Hotel. A catalogue of the winning entries will be printed and distributed to award-winners. The winners will also receive certificates.

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