Iran’s international poster exhibition on late South African icon Nelson Mandela has announced winners during a ceremony held at the Iran Artists Forum in Tehran.
The names of winners were released at the opening ceremony held on December 5.
Veteran Iranian poster designer Ebrahim Haqiqi and the director of the Foreign Ministry Department for African Affairs, Valiollah Mohammad-Nasrabadi, were among the guests attending the opening gala.
Marlena Buczek Smith (United States) and Jerome Rebiere-Desveaux (France) and Arber Kolonja (Macedonia) were the international winners of the exhibition entitled ‘Nelson Mandela, Bird of Liberty.’
Reihaneh Alaei, Farnaz Damnabi, Elaheh Abiyat, Omran Abdollahi, and Behnam Raisian were named as the Iranian winners.
The exhibition is being held to commemorate the first anniversary of the anti-apartheid legend Nelson Mandela.
Some 76 designs, selected out of 422 works submitted by 63 artists, are being showcased at the exhibition scheduled to run on December 5-12.
The posters represent countries including Spain, Germany, Argentina, Ecuador, Italy, England, the United States, Peru, Turkey, Denmark and Japan.
South Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela, passed away at age 95 in his Johannesburg home on December 5, 2013.
After years of resistance against apartheid rule in South Africa, Mandela was arrested in 1962. He was sentenced to life in prison, where he served over 27 years.
He served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election.