(VIDEO & TEXT) French Consul General opens All-Pakistan Inter-Universities Magazine Cover-Designing Contest & Media Pupil Zobia Shoaib’s Solo Photo Exposition

    BY M. M. ALAM

    KARACHI (5 Jan., 2017): Alliance Française de Karachi (French Cultural Center) was the place where a large number of enthusiastic & talented young Media Studies students converged from all over the Metropolis this evening.

    They were there to be part of the first All-Pakistan Inter-Universities Magazine Cover-Designing Competition that was supplemented by journalism pupil Zobia Shoaib’s first Solo Photography Exposition titled Unending Voyage.

    Both the events were organized jointly by Alliance Française de Karachi & News Pakistan.TV (official partners of BBC NEWS). 

    A jury short-listed 50 best covers that were exhibited in the Main Art Gallery of Alliance Française.

    Consul General of France Monsieur François Dall’Orso, who inaugurated the two events, appreciated Inter-Universities Magazine Cover-Designing Competition’s contestants’ creativity and Zobia Shoaib’s photography. 

    President Alliance Française Bina Shah (writer and former editor of web magazines Computer World and Spider), while addressing the students of Media Studies present in the audience, shared her experiences in the field of journalism.

    Director Alliance Française Jean-François Chénin greatly appreciated the youngsters’ efforts.

    Over 500 Media Studies students from more than 80 institutions submitted covers designed by them from all over Pakistan.

    Following meticulous assessment of technical and aesthetic aspects Magazine cover titled Leader, designed by Ramsha Alam, was judged the best.

    Speaking to Media Ramsha said: “I would like to thank NewsPakistan.TV and Alliance Française de Karachi for organizing this event and thus giving an opportunity to graphic designers to prove their skills and capabilities”. Commenting on her work she said that color scheme was reckoned the most important aspect of graphic designing.

    Second Prize was awarded to the cover titled OK designed by Amna Ashraf. Confessing that she was not anticipating to win, Amna told: “While designing the cover I focused on attention-grabbing attractiveness and the current trends”.

    Mahnoor Nizami’s Elan fetched the third prizethat she had designed featuring herself as model attempting to convey a message that everyone could be beautiful. 

    Consul General of France handed over prizes to the winners. He also gave away Appreciation Certificates to the participants.

    Zobia Shoaib while talking to the Media said: “This is my first solo exposition and I am very happy about it. Photography proves to be an important asset if we decide on media as profession. I am very interested in nature that I try to present through my photographs”.

    Saying that her family always supported her positive initiatives Zobia Shoaib observed that Media Studies students, like her, were supported by NewsPakistan.

    Finally, in recognition of the continuous support extended by the Consul General of France towards propagation of Education in Sindh, a student presented a cover featuring Monsieur François Dall’Orso as the best Consul General of the Year.


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