This year has been a record-breaking year for the Commonwealth Essay Competition. Not only has the competition received in excess of 11,000 entries, but over 70 judges have been involved in the judging process and the standard of entries has been excellent.
As the competition celebrates its 130th anniversary, it is evident that the competition remains an important means of expression for young people across the Commonwealth, as over 830 schools across 55 Commonwealth countries and territories participated.
For 2013 the theme of the competition was 'Opportunity through Enterprise'. The judges were impressed at the creativity and research that entrants displayed in approaching the topics.
As ever, the standard of entry was extremely high as entrants competed with their peers from every corner of the Commonwealth, so to win an award is a big achievement.
We are delighted to announce that over 2,000 entries won awards, with the top prizes going to New Zealand, Guernsey, Canada and Hong Kong. The judges also selected a number of excellent Gold entries from both the Junior and Senior Categories to receive special commendations.
The top two Prize Winners will be flown to London for a special awards ceremony in the autumn and the Runners-Up will be invited to local awards ceremonies.
All Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will receive certificates before the end of 2013 and entrants who didn't receive an award this year are entitled to certificates of participation.
Congratulations to all winners and thank you to the Commonwealth Essay Competition 2013 sponsors Cambridge University Press for their support in this record-breaking year!
Prize winners and runners-up
There are a wide variety of writing, film and photography competitions organised by Commonwealth organisations. Why not give them a go?
The Royal Commonwealth Society‘s Young Commonwealth Competitions are open to anybody under the age of 30 living in the Commonwealth.
Essay Competition – Every year, the Commonwealth Essay Competition inspires thousands of young writers from all over the world. This international youth writing contest has been running for over 100 years – the world’s oldest and largest – and is a highly regarded and popular international education project. Click here for more info.
Photographic Awards – The only Photographic Prize of its kind reaching every country in the Commonwealth, the Photographic Awards has been running since the 1990s and has drawn together hundreds of young photojournalists and photographers every year. Click here for more info.
Vision Awards – Would you like to receive up to £1,000 to produce a film? Would you like to see your film broadcast internationally and receive wide-spread recognition? Would you like to to win a trip to London worth £2000? Would you like the chance to meet famous filmmakers from Commonwealth countries? Click here for more info.
Jubilee Time Capsule
The RCS is also assembling the world’s biggest online time capsule that will cover each day of the last 60 years of the association. This is a people’s history from all over the Commonwealth. Open to people of all ages, the RCS wants to hear from you – your stories, videos, photos, drawings, music – as to what was important to you, your family or your country in the last 60 years. For more info go to: http://www.jubileetimecapsule.org/