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From a named Fund established at the Foundation by the last will of a deceased Beata Pawlak – journalist and writer, who died on October 12th 2002 in a terrorist attack on Indonesian Bali – an award is presented annually to the author(s) of books or series of articles dealing with other cultures, religions and civilizations, published in Poland in the year preceding the award presentation. The Fund was established from a donation of 99 390.69 PLN and its assets are further increased by gifts from private and business donors.
The prize winners are selected by the Jury from among candidates submitted by the panel of nominators. The award ceremony is accompanied by a photography exhibition and debate devoted to the theme of coexistence and dialogue between cultures and civilizations.
Urszula Doroszewska (Polish Ambassador in Georgia), Wojciech Jagielski („Gazeta Wyborcza” daily), Piotr Kłodkowski (Polish Ambassador in India), Maria Kruczkowska („Gazeta Wyborcza” daily), Antoni Rogala (representative of the Founder’s family) – Secretary, Olga Stanisławska (a columnist), Adam Szostkiewicz (“Polityka” weekly) – Chairman, Wojciech Tochman (journalist), Joanna Załuska (Stefan Batory Foundation), Wojciech Załuska (Katolicka Agencja Informacyjna).
Max Cegielski (2009 Award Winner), Krzysztof Czyżewski (Borderland Foundation), Konstanty Gebert (a columnist of „Gazeta Wyborcza” daily, chef of ECFR-Warsaw Office), Piotr Kosiewski (Stefan Batory Foundation), Mariusz Szczygieł (2007 Award Winner).