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SBS and Community Languages Australia (CLA) would like to thank you for participating in the 2016 SBS National Languages Competition. The 72 finalists will be announced on Tuesday 30 August. We will showcase the finalist entries online, so please come back to view them and cast your vote on the top 24.
27 Jul 2016 - 3:01 PM  UPDATED 28 Jul 2016 - 1:20 PM

In the meantime, you can collect a Certificate of Recognition from your CLA school.

Alternatively, you can download your Certificate of Recognition, fill in your name and print off at home.

People’s Choice Competition

30 August – 9 September

The 24 state winners will be eligible for the People’s Choice Competition. Visit the SBS Radio homepage between 30 August – 9 September to vote for your favourite entry in each category.

The entry with the most votes from each category will win a trip to Sydney with a parent or guardian to accept their trophy and an iPad Mini at the SBS National Languages Competition Award Ceremony on 8 October, 2016.

But wait, there’s more… You will also go in the draw to win an iPad Air 2 just for voting!

Terms and conditions apply

SBS Judging Panel

One winning entry per category will be selected by an SBS judging panel and will also win a trip to Sydney with a parent or guardian to accept their trophy and an iPad Mini at the SBS National Languages Competition Award Ceremony on 8 October, 2016.

So, without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to our judging panel.

Mandi Wicks is the Director of Audio and Language Content, SBS Radio, and has been with SBS for nearly six years. SBS Radio includes eight radio networks – five focusing on Australian news and information in language and three music networks – SBS PopAsia, SBS PopDesi and SBS Chill.

Mandi has more than 25 years’ experience in the media industry, working at four of Australia’s leading networks (SBS, Macquarie, Southern Cross Austereo and Nova Entertainment). She worked as a journalist for 10 years before moving into senior management roles.

SBS is dedicated to connecting communities through multilingual conversations across all platforms and devices, in order to inspire social cohesion in Australia.

Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based TV screenwriter, newspaper columnist and the author of two books: The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012). He’s also the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle and illustrator Oslo Davis.

Both of his books have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now a major SBS TV series and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East was published in India in 2013 and North America in 2014.

Benjamin has a PhD in writing and cultural studies and lives in Sydney.

Heba Kassoua moved to Australia from Syria in 2005 at the age of 16. She holds a Masters in Interpreting and Translation, NAATI level 3 from the University of Western Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts Government and International Relations, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Arabic Literature at the University of Sydney. She was a finalist in the SBS Youth Power Writing Competition in 2006 and won the Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence in her Masters in 2014.

Prior to joining SBS Arabic24, Heba worked as a research assistant, an interpreter and a translator. She is passionate about politics, poetry and photography. 

Heba presents the drive show ‘Marhaba Australia’ on SBS Arabic24 weekdays from 4pm.


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