ICA Poster Contest
Winners Announced


Dubai, UAE, May 9, 2007—Winners were selected in the fourth annual poster contest hosted by the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) during the group’s 12th biennial Congress in Dubai, May 5-9. One hundred and ten posters from 22 countries were on display during the Congress, where participants and guests voted on their favorites, with the top three winners selected.


First Prize US$1,500: GO COLOR - Fruits and Gemstones
Design and photos by: Yekaterina Sverdlova, Russia

Second Prize US$750: PLAY WITH COLORS
Designer: Priyanka Sharma, India

Third Prize US$250: MAGIC OF COLORS
Designer: Mr. Hemant Baweja , India

A citation was also awarded to: COLOR…AS PRECIOUS AS LIFE
Designer: Ambarine Bukharey, Pakistan

According to Yehuda Kassif, poster contest founder and organizer, the concept behind this competition is to look for new and creative ideas to promote colored gemstones. The contest also illustrates a global outlook on color no matter what language you speak, through emotion-packed visuals understood by all. “There are no borders and boundaries when it comes to the basic need of the human being to decorate himself,” says Kassif, who noted that ICA members Jacqueline Grande (USA), chairperson of the posters committee, Constantine Wild (Germany), and Rui Galopim de Carvalho (Portugal) were involved in the organization of the contest, and announced the winners at the ICA’s Gala dinner ending the Congress May 9.

To download speaker presentations, additional press material, and high-resolution images visit http://www.gemstone.org/press/index.php.

For more information contact:
Barbara Lipatapanlop, Executive Director
International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA)
19 W. 21st St, Suite 705, New York, NY 10010
Tel: 1-212-620-0900, Fax: 1-212-352-9054
ica@gemstone.org www.gemstone.org