THE WINNERS of the annual state awards were announced on Tuesday by Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni. Two of the Mubarak Awards, worth LE200,000 and a gold medal, went to professor Hussein Nassar in the field of literature, professor Mustafa Sweif in the field of social sciences, while the third, for the arts, was withheld this year. Winners of the State Merit Awards, worth LE100,000 and a gold medal, include Ramses Marzouk, Farouk Shehata, Awatef Abdel-Karim, the late writer Mohamed Mustagab, classicist Mohamed Hamdi Ibrahim, English literature professor Samir Sarhan, Gaballah Ali Gaballah, professor of philosophy Salah Qonsowa, Abdel-Hamid Hawass and Ezzeddin Mohamed Fouda. The State Excellence Awards, worth LE50,000 and a gold medal, went to Sobhi El-Sharoni, poet Ahmed Suwailam, professor of English literature Maher Shafiq Farid, Ahmed Zakaria Shalaq, Samia El-Saati, and Mohamed El-Sayed Said of the Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies.
Winners of the State Incentive Awards, each of which is worth LE20,000, include Abdel-Fattah El-Gebali of the Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, Tarek Abdel-Galil and artist Ahmed Suleiman Mahmoud.
Two of this year's award-winners are Al-Ahram Weekly staff members. George Bahgory, recipient of a State Excellence Award, has been contributing political caricatures to the Weekly 's Opinion pages since the mid-1990s. He divides his time between Cairo and Paris, and has held a large number of one-man exhibitions, both in Egypt and abroad, of his paintings and sculpture. Hala Halim, who obtained her PhD in comparative literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is now the editor of the Weekly 's Culture pages, won a State Incentive Award for her translation of a novel by Mohamed El-Bisatie, Clamor of the Lake (American University in Cairo Press, 2004).