1st EDITION OF SANTOKA INTERNATIONAL HAIGA CONTEST

We received 42 works from 20 countries for the haiga contest within the Santoka Festival. We singled out 6 haiga for their exceptional strength and poetics, and awarded them on this occasion.

HAIGA #1

1st PLACE

INGRID BALUCH, PAKISTAN

čistim um
od meteži života…
novi horizonti

cleaning my mind
from the clutter of life…
new horizons

2nd PLACE

GORDANA PETKOVIĆ, SERBIA

iz noći u noć
sanjam isti san
iskustvo okeana

night after night
the same dream
feel of the ocean

3rd PLACE

DON BAIRD, USA

neispričana priča
…biti beskućnik
u sopstvenom domu

the untold story
…being homeless within
your home

HIGHLY COMMENDED

RON C. MOSS, AUSTRALIA

letnja svetlost
slatki odsjaj
tvojih usana

summer light
the sweet afterglow
of your lips

HIGHLY COMMENDED

ESTER MILENTIJEVIĆ, SERBIA

pokušaj da shvatim
kada je pravo vreme za promene…

attempt to understand
when is the right time for a change…

HIGHLY COMMENDED

CEZAR FLORESCU, ROMANIA

igra žmurke
vetar nosi
obećanje

hide and seek
the wind carrying
a promise

We would like to thank all the authors of this year’s Santoka Contest for their participation in the hope that they will join us again next year and help us promote authentic Japanese art forms, haiku and haiga

Damir Damir
Translation into Serbian by – Aleksandar Vasić
Translation into Japanese by – Margareta Samoran
Prepress – Marija G. Gray