May 19th Celebration – What does Ataturk mean to you?


May 19th, 1919 marked the day Ataturk set foot in Samsun, initiating the national resistance which led to the birth of the modern and democratic Turkish Republic. A man of great vision, his reforms established universal and humanistic values in every aspect of life. “Peace at home, peace in the world”, he said, as one key principle for a just and better world for all. His reforms cleared the way for enlightened minds, that “science is the real guide” to find truth. He added: “If one day you find my words contradict science, choose science”. Another pillar for a nation was art – in all its forms. He understood, at an almost impossible time, in the midst of independence struggles art was the lifeline of a nation. He treasured art as “the ladder to a higher civilization”.

How does today’s youth embody these values? What do these values inspire in you? What does Ataturk mean to you?

We would love to see youth’s creative interpretations inspired by these three values – peace, science and art. Please send us your creations, and the details for submission are below. The winners will be announced on July 4th, 2020.


Please Consider the following quotes by Ataturk

  • Peace at home, peace in the world
  • If one day my words contradict science, choose science!
  • Art is the ladder to a higher civilization
  • All my hope lies with youth



  • Photography
  • Painting / Illustration
  • Music (vocal and playing instrument)
  • Dance
  • Sports
  • Essay / Poem / Story
  • Video / Animation / Short movie
  • Performance / Show


Entry Deadline:

The submission of competition ends on June 26, 2020 at 11.59pm (PDT).

 How to Submit

Submission is possible for only one category using the submission form. Each form will include the following

  1. Parent/guardian consent form 
  2. Multiple submissions are not permitted.
  3. .Submission is possible as a group (up to 3)  but only under one person’s name. If the group wins the competition, prize will be declared to one person whose name was submitted on the form.


For the one (1) grand prize winner: $100
For the second (2) prize winner: $75
For the third (3) prize winner:   $50
Honorable Mention Special Jury Prize for 2 submissions

Winners will be announced on July 4th, 2020 at one of our Turkish American Community Centers in Dublin or Santa Clara

Conditions of Entry


       Content of video/print materials and the technical requirements:

  • Submissions must not contain obscenity, explicit sexual material, nudity, profanity, graphic violence, calls or incitement to violence, commercial solicitation or commercial promotion. Submissions must conform to local law and must not contain content or images that could be considered abusive, inflammatory, denigrating, or disrespectful to any groups, individuals or institutions. The content of all submissions must be suitable for a global, public audience.
  • Submissions must be original content created by the contestant and must not contain any elements that are protected by someone else’s copyright or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property or proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights
  • All print materials must fit in one standard US letter size page, font (preferred – Times New Roman and 12 and double space line printing on one letter size paper) and within 300-500 words. All print materials must be uploaded in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  • Videos must be between 3-5 minutes long and uploaded to YouTube.com. Songs should be less than 5 minutes long and uploaded to soundcloud.com. Please provide the YouTube URL or Soundcloud URL for your video or audio artwork. Video/images must be in jpeg or png format and must be at least 1920*1280 (300 DPI)
  • Submission content must be in line with the contest theme and objectives.
  • Language of project must be in English or Turkish.
  • Contestants can submit only 1 video or 1 print material.
  • Contestants must be between 11-18 years old
  • Contestants must have a Turkish heritage/descendent and be residents of the USA.

All materials received will become the property of ETAC and may be used in publications or on the web for publicity and promotions.


Jury Committee

Judging begins on June 27, 2020 and ends on July 3rd, 2020.

Judging Criteria: The video/print materials that best represent the objectives of a theme based on composition, subject matter, and creativity.
Juries and their relatives cannot submit for competition.

Adult Jury Members:
Dogan Gurbuz Eksioglu – Artist
Ferda Caglayan – Photography 
Ismail Kaya – Artist
Nuala Creed – Ceramic
Mete Tasin – Music, Tenor
Zeynep Aydin (National Ice Skating Coach)


Young Jury Members

Mavi Hodoglugil – Albany High School, 11th grade
Ela Giftgi – Lafayette Stanley Middle School, 8th grade