SARAJEVO, August 31 (FENA) – Young artists from Zavidovići and Zenica won the first three places in the “Hands of Friendship” art competition, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the 25th anniversary of the partnership with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Dino Šabanović and Samir Omerčić from Zavidovići, took the first and second place, respectively, while the third was won by Ajna Dedić from Zenica. Twelve more awarded young finalists of this competition, selected by a three-member expert jury, are among almost 100 works from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
US Ambassador Eric Nelson and USAID / BiH Deputy Director Savannah Thomas Arrigo attended the announcement of the winners and award ceremony.
“On behalf of the American Embassy in BiH, especially my colleagues from USAID, I would like to thank all the young artists who applied for the competition,” said Ambassador Nelson.
The theme of the “Hands of Friendship” competition is based on the cult USAID logo with hands folded in the form of a handshake.
“In essence, everyone needs friendly help at some point in their lives, and the help of a friend is best appreciated by then helping someone else. This is best illustrated by the partnership between the United States and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The artists in the competition used this emotion of friendly support to show the strong partnership between the USA and BiH,” USAID BiH announced.
Dino Šabanović’s winning work, entitled “Helping hand – the hand of progress”, focuses on friendly handshakes, i.e. American support for a BiH friend.
To date, the US government, primarily through USAID, has provided USD 2 billion in assistance to support economic, democratic, and social progress in BiH.
The U.S. Agency for International Development is leading the U.S. government’s efforts to end extreme poverty while promoting stronger democratic communities, USID said in a statement.