Onkyo Braille Essay Contest – 2016 finalists announced!

The deadline has now closed for the 2016 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.

2016 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 2016

Two British winners in 2015 

We are hoping this years’ finalists will follow in the footsteps of last years’ when the UK celebrated an unprecedented 2 winners in the competition. We were very excited and proud to celebrate the fact that 15 year old Lewis Shaw from Annan in Dumfries and Galloway had won the junior category of the competition.  Even better Lyn Street from Newport, South Wales won the senior category as well. Both writers received a bumper $1,000 each in prize money.

Lewis told a humorous tale of how his teachers inspired him to learn braille which now stands him in good stead for his future studies. He said

‘I personally use both braille and computer screen-readers. I use a lot of braille when cramming for exams as the physical touch seems to help the information or certain difficult words or formulae to sink in.’

Lyn’s essay took a light hearted look at the advantages of using braille. She said

‘Braillists are the only people who can truly say we have information “at our fingertips”.  When used by others this is a metaphor, but for us it’s a fact – it’s the way we read!’

The full essays are well worth a read and are 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 soon as it is confirmed then please send your contact details to braille@rnib.org.uk

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