With the presence of the S.E.R. Cardinal Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez, the award of the New Word Journalism Competition was held last Friday, October 25th, in its twenty-third edition, which on this occasion had as its central theme the five hundred years of the foundation of the town of San Cristóbal de La Habana. As a distinctive aspect, the competitive contest was convened in conjunction with the Pastoral Of Culture of the Haban archdiocese and invited himself to compete in article and photography.
The work, in the genre of article, addressed the history of parishes and Haban communities. Photography, for its part, was inspired by the city of Havana and the presence of the Catholic Church in the urban conglomerate. The theme could extend to the representation of the patron saint of the city, St Christopher, his traditional and popular iconography.
The jury, made up of Delia López Campistrous, Daniel Céspedes Góngora, Antonio López Sánchez and Francesco Meliciani, worked under the advice of Marist brother Jesús Domingo Bayo Mayor. The award-winning authors were, in article, Deney Terry Lorenzo for his text “Four Centuries of Catholic Architecture on October 10”; Lázaro López Llerena with “Faith and resilience in a Havana parish: Santa Ana, de Campo Florido” and Marivel Hernández Suárez with the research “The ecclesiastical enclosures of Guanabacoa: a heritage and spiritual wealth of Havana”.
In the photography genre, the following awards were awarded: “Reflection of History”, by Adriana Teresita Nadal Estrada; the diptych “Imbatible” and “Never It’s Late”, by Javier Eduardo Vázquez Romero and the triptych “Cerquitica de las personas”, “The two towers” and “Taking care of the city”, by Julio César Delgado.
As reported in the foundations of the newly awarded competition, the winning works in the photography genre, together with a selection of all the presented, were included in an exhibition that opened on Friday, October 25th at the Padre Félix Varela Cultural Center, under the title “San Cristóbal de La Habana: a city, a faith”, which will extend until November 8.
At the awards ceremony, Yarelis Rico Hernández, editor-in-chief of The New Word magazine, unveiled the theme of the next edition of the Journalism Contest: “A Homeland That Needs God”. The call responds to the celebration of the Missionary Year, the official opening of which took place in August 2019 with the closing of the National Youth Day. This Missionary Year has as its motto “Cuba, announce the Gospel with joy!”. The basis of the contest, as usual, will be released in the magazine corresponding to the month of November, both in its print and digital version.
Culturally, the awards ceremony was amended by the School of the Archdiocese of San Cristobal of Havana, led by the teacher Mailán Avila.