UK winner in International Onkyo braille contest

A 12-year-old Brit wins Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest in the junior category

Every year, the International Onkyo Braille competition looks for winning essays on braille for the European leg of the competition. Over the years there’ve been some beautifully crafted and inspirational pieces of poetry and prose written by users, students, teachers, transcribers and parents. All of whom have been touched by braille in one way or another.

UK celebrates a winner

We’re very excited and proud to announce that 12-year-old Brandon Hulcoop has won the junior category of the competition and picked up $1,000 in prize money. Brandon’s creative piece entitled ´Braille is fascinating!´, uses each letter of the word ‘fascinating’ to describe why braille means so much to him. The entry has been described by the European Blind Union  as ‘well written, to the point, personal, interesting and smartly done’.  

F is for First and Foremost
First and foremost, for me, Braille is the way forward, feeling my way through the subjects at school and letting me write to my family and keeping me from feeling blind.  Braille is the way I explore the world that my teachers open up to me.

Read the rest of Brandon’s essay

The other winning European essays are of an excellent standard and are a fascinating insight into people’s lives from Countries such as Hungary, Switzerland and Albania. More information can be found on the EBU website.

Be inspired

Read the brilliant essays that represented UK in this year’s European final below.

Thinking of entering?

Feeling inspired? Do you want to be notified whether the competition is on in 2015, we can send you a confirmation email when we find out in February. Just send your contact details to to be on list.

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