Pan-Hellenic Jewellery Design Contest presentation of prizes

KOSMIMA 2013, the 28th annual meeting for the jewelry and watch sector, took place 2 4 of November 2013, in Thessaloniki, Greece. The creativity of young individuals and the experience of professionals were rewarded by TIF-Helexpo during the presentation of the prizes of the 24th Pan-Hellenic Jewellery Design Contest on 'Seascapes', organised within the framework of the KOSMIMA exhibition.

The great number of contestants was underlined by the CEO of TIF-Helexpo, Mr Kyriakos Pozrikidis, thanking the young participants for their presence and the agencies of the silver- and goldsmith sector and the Chambers for their support, expressing the view that in the coming years, KOSMIMA will become even stronger.

On his side, the President of the Pan-Hellenic Federation of Silver- and Goldsmiths, Jewellers and Watchmakers (POVAKO), Mr. Christos Gouryiotis, stressed that during a difficult period, the participation of young individuals in the contest sends an encouraging message for the sector, and underlined the tradition and enthusiasm of Greek craftsmen. In turn, the President of the Guild of Goldsmiths Silversmiths of Thessaloniki, Ms Eleni Tezapsidou, noted that the sector is alive and that both education and the profession must be supported by the state, while the President of the Association of Jewellers-Clock & Watchmakers of Thessaloniki, Mr Petros Kalpakidis, expressed the wish that this time next year we will be speaking of the achievements of this contest and the professional growth of the contestants who stood out.

In the student category, the 1st Prize (700 Euros) was awarded to Eleftheria Valaskatzi of the Cultural Organisation of the Municipality of Nea Smyrni, the 2nd Prize (500 Euros) to Vassiliki Sountou of MOKUME IIEK (Private Vocational Training Institute), and the 3rd Prize (300 Euros) to Katerina Poimenidou of the 1st Silver- and Goldsmithing Vocational School of Stemnitsa.

In the professional category, the prize was awarded to Vassilis Panayiotidis, a stone-setter, jewellery designer and engraver.
Awards were presented to students Elena Eryshova of the IEK (Vocational Training Institute) of the municipality of Volos (1st Award), Chryssovalantis Papadopoulos of the IEK (Vocational Training Institute) of the municipality of Volos (2nd Award), Sofia Kondyli of the 1st Silver- and Goldsmithing Vocational School of Stemnitsa (3rd Award), Anna Dinopoulou of GALILEO EES (Laboratory of Liberal Studies) (4th Award) and Christina Stamou, also of GALILEO EES (Laboratory of Liberal Studies) (5th Award).

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