4th EDITION OF SANTOKA INTERNATIONAL HAIGA CONTEST

It is a great honour to announce that we received 56 submissions from 22 countries for the 4th Santoka International Haiga Contest. On this occasion, we have singled out 6 haiga for their profound beauty. They received this year’s awards.

HAIGA #4

1st PLACE

CRISTINA ANGELESCU, ROMANIA

potkresano drvo
mislim o deci
koju nisam imala

pruned tree –
I’m thinking of the children
I didn’t have

2nd PLACE

ELENA ZOUAIN, FRANCE

zimska samoća
samo pesma vetra
ka neznanoj obali

winter loneliness –
only the song of the wind
to an unknown shore

3rd PLACE

DIANA TENEVA, BUGARIA

papirni ždralovi
da li će moje nade
uzleteti

folded cranes…
would my hopes
fly up

HIGHLY COMMENDED

HASSANE ZEMMOURI, ALGERIA

put ka natrag
kako da izbegnemo
naše ožiljke?

the way back –
how can we escape
our scars?

HIGHLY COMMENDED

GORAN GATALICA, CROATIA

popodnevni povetarac…
kao da se poznajemo
iz nekog prošlog života

afternoon breeze…
knowing each other
as in some past life

HIGHLY COMMENDED

JAY FRIEDENBERG, USA

kisela kiša
vreme poluraspada
radioaktivnog izotopa

acid rain
the half-life of
a radioactive isotope

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. Stay safe!

 Damir Damir
Translation into Serbian by – Aleksandar Vasić
Translation into Japanese by – Višnja Smuđa
Prepress – Marija G. Gray

From quarantine, 21st March 2021.