Amberif Design Awards

The Amberif Design Awards were unveiled Feb. 7 in Gdañsk, Poland, home of Amberif 2009, the 16th International Fair of Amber Jewellery and Gemstones, to be held March 11-14.

Five judges assessed 130 works submitted by 100 artists from 11 countries: Finland, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Australia, United States, and Poland. The theme of this year’s compeition was Pop Amber.

The Jury awarded the following prizes:

Grand Prize
Monika Reptowska, Bytów, Poland

Amber Prize
Adriana Lisowska, Gdynia, Poland

Silver Prize
Dorota Wietrzyk, £ódŸ, Poland

The Jury also awarded two honorable mentions. They are:

Ma³gorzata Kaliñska, Szczecin, Poland, and Robert Kuraœ, Gdañsk (resided in Vienna, Austria)

The jury selected 13 additional works by the following artists for publication in the AMBERIF 2009 Fair Catalogue and for display at the Amberif exhibition:

Angelina Stoykova, Sofia, Bulgaria
Renata Korpas, Pr. Gdañski, Poland
Iwona Piotrowska, £ódŸ, Poland
Diana Danova, Sofia, Bulgaria
Magdalena Filipiak, £ódŸ, Poland
Fabrizio Tridenti, Vasto, Italy
Pawe³ Szott, Gdañsk, Poland
Chen I-Chun, Firenze, Italy
Wojciech Ryga³o, Wo³omin, Poland
Jaros³aw Westermark, Warszawa, Poland
Natalia Todorowa, Sofia, Bulgaria
Gernot Leibold, Karlsruhe, Germany
Konstantinov Atanas, Sofia, Bulgaria

The judges for the compeition were:

Chairwoman of the jury Prof. Ludmi³a Ostrogórska – sculptress, Rector of Academy of Fine Arts, Gdañsk
Prof. Dimitar Deltchev – jewellery designer, National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
Prof. Theo Smeets – designer, wyk³adowca, Idar-Oberstein, Germany
Lidia Popiel – photographer, Ambassador of Amber, Warsaw, Poland
Dorota Kos – jewellery designer, Gdañsk