SHARJAH: Five journalists were on Saturday bestowed the annual Taryam Omran Journalism Awards now in its eleventh edition during the 14th annual Al Khaleej Study Centre Conference hosted at Dar Al Khaleej headquarters in Sharjah.
Four of the winners came from two newspapers: Al Ittihad and Al Khaleej. The fifth prize went to an emerging website, snyarnet, which was established in 2008. The website was commended by the jury for “consistently tackling social issues of the UAE, the Gulf and the Arab world in general.”
Al Ittihad’s Mustafa Abdul Aziim, an Egyptian national, emerged the winner in the category of Investigative Journalism.
The jury that consisted of literary figures such as Dr Mohammed Aish, Dr Aisha Al Nuaimi and Aisha Sultan took into consideration the writer’s piece on the topic of “borrowing for ostentation.” They said he covered “all the angles of the issue.”
Al Khaleej’s Amin Al Jamal, from Egypt, took the prize for Interviewing. The jury considered his interview conducted with the Director of Sharjah Education Zone, Saeed Al Ka’bi. Asked whether he was surprised by the award, Amin said, “No. I was expecting it.”
The prize for the Best Feature article was scooped by Al Ittihad’s Ahmad Al Mansouri, an Emirati. He was commended for his coverage of different topics with clarity and sticking to the issue at hand.
Al Khaleej’s Shaikhat Al Jaberi took the prize for the Best Columnist. The jury said she addressed cultural issues in a day-to-day context.
The awards were handed out by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.
The Taryam Omran Media Awards are given under the auspices of the Taryam Omran Foundation for Cultural and Humanitarian Work whose Board of Trustees is chaired by Khalid Abdullah Omran.
The category of Youths was cancelled for “lack of submitted work” while the committee recommended return for competition of the Photographic category.