Onkyo Braille Essay Contest – 2017 finalists announced!

The deadline has now closed for the 2017 essay contest and once again the judges had a difficult task in selecting the five finalists that would represent the UK at the European level of the competition.  The style of writing and the subject matter was varied and of a very high standard.

2017 UK finalists

You can read the essays selected to represent the UK in this year’s European final below. Winners will be announced at the end of September 2017.

A British winner in 2016

We are hoping this years’ finalists will follow in the footsteps of last years’ when the UK celebrated a winner in the competition. We were very excited and proud to discover that 24 year old Megan Paul from Cheltenham had won the junior category of the competition and received a bumper $1,000 in prize money.

Megan wrote her essay about how she learned and grew to love braille. Her essay, titled ‘The Bumpy Road’, also touched on how braille has changed with recent technological advancements. She said:

Creative writing is one of my passions and I think that braille is really important. I like to raise awareness of braille, as it’s such a vital part of my everyday life, so I thought I would try and put this across in an essay.


Megan's full essay is well worth a read and is available to download below:

How to enter next years’ competition

 We are hoping that Onkyo (A Japanese technology company) will continue to sponsor this competition.  We are usually notified of their intent in the month of February.  If you would like to receive notification of the competition as soon as it is confirmed then please send your contact details to braille@rnib.org.uk.

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