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2010 Onkyo Braille Essay Contest

The Onkyo Braille Contest is a worldwide initiative planned and sponsored by Onkyo Corporation and The Braille Mainichi, two Japanese firms actively engaged in the promotion of braille. Its European strand is run by the European Blind Union for the fourth consecutive year.

Applicants from across Europe were asked to write an essay, sharing their personal experience to tell how braille empowers them and improves their lives.

The contest has once again raised much interest amongst European braille users. 20 countries have taken part and contributed 63 essays altogether, which is even better than in 2009. The quality of the submitted essays was excellent and the jury had a hard job selecting the winners!

The First Prize winner is Ann Jonnsson from Sweden, for whom "braille has become a natural part of her life, just as natural as "regular" text".

The seven winning essays are available in .doc format by clicking on the links in the list below.

Otsuki First Prize: In the borderlands, by Ann J÷nsson (Sweden)

Excellent Works Prize
Senior Category: See my hands, by Enrique Lopez Clavel (Spain)
Junior Category: Poem for each letter of the word "braille", by Alexia Sloane (UK)

Fine Works Prize
Senior Category:
- Six-dot bridge between parallel worlds, by Galina Ivanovna Frolova (Kazakhstan)
- Most of all, I love our daily routine, by Susanne Nooyen (Denmark)
Junior Category:
- Braille, my freedom, by Maarten van der Laan (The Netherlands)
- Letter to Braille, by Alexey Zolnikov (Russia)

Two very good essays that could not get into the winning list were highly commended:
- Braille changing my life, by Vaida ButautaitÚ (Lithuania)
- The six dotted devil, by Maria Phillips (UK)