Selecting the Contest Winners

The Scenarios from Africa juries face the difficult but fascinating task of selecting the winning texts from among the thousands of creative works submitted during the contest.

In a rigorous, multi-step process, winning entries are first selected by juries in each country, and then the international jury comes together to determine the overall winners of the contest.

The gender-balanced juries are made up of specialists in HIV prevention, treatment and care; young people, especially winners of past contests; educators; sociologists; journalists; and filmmakers, including some who go on to create Scenarios from Africa films. People living with HIV are often in the majority.

The participation of people from a range of different fields creates a forum for rich, multidisciplinary debates. Both the contest teams and the juries bring highly committed people from different organizations and backgrounds together to get to know each other and to lay the groundwork for future partnerships.

The success of the Scenarios process in strengthening collaboration and creating lasting synergies among members of the AIDS-response community is among its most valuable accomplishments.

Jurors also appreciate the selection process as an innovative, insightful method to evaluate the communication work around HIV/AIDS that has been carried out to date.

On average, each juror examines over 600 pages of text, taking a unique, full-immersion voyage of discovery through young Africans’ thoughts and experiences in the area of HIV and AIDS.

Through their reading and debates, members of the selection committees are able to identify strengths and problem areas in the young authors’ HIV-related knowledge and attitudes.

The jurors then formulate specific ways to adjust the response to the epidemic so as to take young people's views and needs more fully into account.

The jurors' Observations and Recommendations, based on their study of the contest entries, are compiled in reports for wider circulation and application.