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UNICEF and Sponsors announce the Winners of the LACVOX research contest for adolescent communicators

Panama, November 17th, 2009 – The UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Sony, the social network Sonico, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Albatros Media Foundation, announced the winners of the LACVOX Research contest for adolescent communicators. The theme of this first edition was: “the Environment and the indigenous people”.

Children from different parts of the region participated and the winners correspond to the following countries: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela, reflecting the selection of the best works produced in the two segments:

The 9 to 14 years old Category:
• Best Radio report Award -  Red de Comunicadores from Apurimac, Peru
• Best written report Award: – Michelle Sofía Mora Morales, Venezuela
• Best TV/Video report Award – Network NNACE, Jefferson y Jelsy, Ecuador
• Best photographic report Award– Luis Guillén, Panama
• Best Poster Project Award– Diocelina Clara Barranco, Panama

The 15 to 18 years old Category:
• Best Radio report Award - vacant
• Best written report Award - Karen Alba, Cristina Hernández y Mariela Ruiz, México
• Best TV/Video report Award – Oziel Aleste Marques, Brasil
• Best photographic report Award – Natalia Andrea Guzmán Vallejos, Colombia
• Best Poster Project Award – Adriana Estefanía Gaitán, Colombia

The LACVOX Contest also encouraged the participation of schools in the region; as a result, the Instituto Educacional Juan XIII from Venezuela was selected winner of this category.

Additionally, in the 9 to 14 years old category, an honorable mention was given to the children of the Kine Foundation, Argentina, for its series of TV reports, and to the girls of the South Star Project Apernij hito from Chile.

The Regional Network of Adolescent Communicators – LACVOX which brings together the networks of adolescent communicators from various areas in the region launched this event from July 31 through October 15, 2009. The contest provided a window of opportunity for children and adolescents who individually, in groups, or as part of communicators’ networks, decided to exercise their right to participate by submitting their work about the environment and the indigenous people.

The jury deliberated for hours before selecting the winners from each category. Eileen Moyle, a sociologist representing the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Antonia Alba Andreve, representing the National Organization of Indigenous Women in Panama (CONAMUIP), Sergio Cambefort, television producer representing Taxi Films, and Alejandro Maimone, photographer representing the Albatros Media Foundation, were part of the LACVOX Competition jury.

The award ceremony took place in the Museo del Canal Interoceánico de Panama, in Panama City, with the Panamanian children Diocelina Clara and Luis Guillen, representing the rest of the winners from the neighboring countries. They each received Sony cameras, a certificate from UNICEF and a Book on biodiversity donated by the Albatros Media Foundation. The event commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Regional Network of Adolescent Communicators – LACVOX represents one of the many forms of participation amongst children and adolescents. UNICEF and its partners encourage participation to promote their rights, in an atmosphere of respect for gender equity and different cultures. Through traditional and alternative media, children and adolescents demonstrate their capacity for public debate on matters affecting their rights, aspirations and concerns.

For more information regarding the Contest visit: https://www.unicef.org/lac
Visit the LACVOX Blog at:  http://www.lacvox.net/
Visit the Social Network Sonico at:  http://www.sonico.com/publico/unicef_lacvox

For more information:

Ana María Ortiz, aortiz@unicef.org, UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean.
Tamar Hahn, thahn@unicef.org , UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean.


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.




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