Ahmed Gharib from Al Khaleej won the award for the best article in Arabic for his write-up "Ice City - Magical Carpet For The Winter" while Anupama V. Chand of City Times (Khaleej Times) won the best award in English for her article "Ice Adds Spice To Kids' Lives". The best photographer's award went to Kamal Mohammed Ahmed of Al Khaleej for his picture on Ice City. Husniyah Mohammed Alali, Member of the Ice Surprises Committee, said: "The coverage in the media which highlighted the activities organised during the Ice Surprises week played a vital role in augmenting our objectives. We were encouraged by the print media which highlighted the activities through writing skills and the photographs."
Husniyah added that the choice of the winners of the DSS 2004 Award for Press Contribution during the DSS Ice Surprises week was made after a careful evaluation of all the stories and photographs which were published in local newspapers throughout the week. "The procedure of selecting the winners had a certain criteria and we considered the personal efforts of the media personnel in their quest for information which helped in putting across the message of the theme week to the readers in an effective manner," she said.
The government departments which are organising the 10 theme weeks have offered a total of Dh10,000 every week. The entries for the award will be judged by the DSS Office and the Organising Committee. As part of the 'DSS 2004 Awards for Press Contribution', the Best Report in Arabic and the Best Report in English will bag Dh3,500 each and the best photographer of the week will receive Dh3,000.
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