Winners of this year’s Crocodile Prize awards—promoted as Papua New Guinea’s national writing contest were officially announced yesterday evening in a ceremony at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby.
Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Boka Kondra was also present to announce the creation of a new award: the Tourism, Arts & Culture Writing Award. The award will not be presented this year as it commences next year.
The award addresses one programme objective under the TOURISM ARTS & CULTURE SECTOR PLAN FRAMEWORK 2015-2018. This plan is the O’Neill/Dion Government’s tourism arts and culture sector plan and will go before the National Executive Council this month for endorsement as an official government policy document.
Minister Kondra also handed over a cheque of five thousand seven hundred and seventy five kina and one toea (K5775.01) as prize money for the 2015 Tourism, Arts & Culture Writing Award.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture and sector agencies (National Museum & Art Gallery; National Cultural Commission; Tourism Promotion Authority) will absorb annual funding of the award beyond 2015.
The Crocodile Prize has been chosen as one flagship award by the Ministry to support and promote literary arts in Papua New Guinea.