James Alonso, from South Essex College, came third in the overall competition for his response to the competition brief ‘Keeping The Memory Alive – Journeys Through The Holocaust’.
The winners were whittled down from around 500 entries. National juries from the UK, The Czech Republic, Canada, Israel, and from United Nations Information Offices in Vienna, Moscow and Jakarta first selected 94 designs.
An international jury, comprising of experts in both design and in Holocaust Education from all partner countries, then selected the best 16 designs for the exhibition.
Many of the UK students’ designs were inspired by visits from Holocaust survivors to their colleges where they learnt about personal stories.
Alonso says, ‘I think the competition is a great way to challenge students of all backgrounds to identify with the forces that not only lead to distrust and persecution, but also the strength of the human spirit’.
Fanny Sigler, UK co-ordinator and International Judge, formerly of the Central Office of Information says, ‘The mix of messages, delivered with a range of typographical, illustrative and photographic skills, varied dramatically and performed well against tough student competition.’
The posters will be mounted simultaneously at different locations around the world to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27 2014, in high-profile governmental, civic and educational spaces including parliaments and UN offices.