The Supreme Council of Culture held its 64th meeting, on Saturday, to vote for the 2020 State Awards winners. The meeting, chaired by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel-Dayem, took place at the Cairo Opera House.
The council members who are entitled to vote for the State Awards winners were limited to only 36 members. The state precautionary measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were also put in place during the meeting.
Since 1958, the prizes are granted in the fields of social science, arts, and literature, and are distributed across four divisions: the Encouragement Award, the Excellency Award, the Appreciation Awards, and the Nile Award – the highest honour.
The Ministry of Culture announced the winners for these awards as follows:
The Encouragement Award
Drawing: Hend Hassan Sayed
Porcelain: Mohamed Ahmed Hassan
Theatrical performance: Salwa Ahmed Mohamed
Designing costumes for theatre: Marwa Mohamed Saleh
Directing a long documentary: Mostafa Ashraf Ahmed
Critical Analysis of Literary Text: Reda Attia Iskandar
Poetry: Hatem Mohamed Abdel Halim
Novel: Ahmed Atallah Mohamed
Novel for children aged 9-15: Haitham Abd Rabo El Sayed
Geography: Manal Samir Shalaby
Philosophy and Psychology: Muhammad Mamdouh Ali
Youth: Fathi Muhammad Fathi
Book and Publishing: Nermin Abdul Qadir Imbabi
Environmental Culture: cancelled
Management Sciences: Ayman Al-Sayed Al-Bagouri
Economic and legal Sciences
Environmental economics: cancelled
Egyptian economy between independency and dependency: cancelled
Trade Laws and Private International Law: Haitham El-Sayed Ahmed
Popular Culture and the Principle of Equality and Non-Discrimination: Youssef Mohamed Wardani
The Excellence Award
Late director Mohsen Helmy and Dr Ahmed Ragab Mansour won Egypt’s Excellence Award in Art.
The Excellence Award in Social Sciences went to Ibrahim Al-Desouki Abdullah and Dr Anwar Hamid Ahmed.
In Literature, Dr Ahmed Mohamed Belboula and Dr Fawzi Mahmoud Ahmed won the Excellence Award.
The Appreciation Awards
Arts: Dr Hoda Wasfi and Dr Farouk Al-Jabali
Literature: Mohamed Lotfy Hassan, Yaqoub Ishaq Qalini, and Abdullah Abdel-Fattah Al-Tatawi
Social Sciences: El-Sayed Amin Shalaby, Sami Al-Sayed Abdel-Aziz, and Ahmed El-Sayed Ahmed
The Nile Award
Arts: Writer and director Lenin Al-Ramly
Literature: Professor of Folklore at Cairo University Ahmed Morsi
Social Sciences: Former Minister of Social Solidarity Jouda Abdel-Khalek
Arab Creators Award: Sudanese Artist Muhammad Omar Khalil.