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TUMO is happy to announce the second annual Vahé & Lucie awards. The competition is open to TUMO students and alumni in five categories: Arts, Technology, Music, Film and Photography.

  • Submissions in the Arts category can include but are not limited to works of plastic and visual art, graphic design, illustration, video art, performance art or conceptual art.
  • Submissions in the Technology category can include but are not limited to software solutions, video games, website, applications, robotics, mechanical devices or technical inventions.
  • Submissions in the Music category can include but are not limited to recordings of original songs or other works of music or conceptual audio art.
  • Submissions in the Film category can include but are not limited to fictional film, documentary film, film art or animation.
  • Submissions in the Photography category can include but are not limited to documentary and artistic genres. Separate photos and photo stories may be submitted. Those entering separate photos may submit up to three photos. Photo stories may include a maximum of fifteen photos.

The jury will be comprised of TUMO staff, students, invited experts in the respective categories and award winners from 2018. Projects may be submitted with the online form below or in person at any TUMO center.

Competition Rules:

  • Each participant can submit one project in one of the five categories.
  • Submissions by groups are accepted.
  • All submissions must be completed projects – concepts or ideas will not qualify.
  • Submissions can be made online by completing the form below, or in person at any TUMO Center.
  • Individual winners of the 2018 Vahé & Lucie awards cannot participate in the 2019 competition.
  • Groups who won 2018 Vahé & Lucie awards cannot participate in the 2019 competition. However, previous group winners can compete in this year’s competition as individuals or part of a new group.
Important Dates

Competition opens for submissions on February 1, 2019

Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2019, 6:00 pm

Winners will be announced on September 15, 2019

Awards ceremony will take place on September 28, 2019, 7:00 pm

  • Submissions will be judged on creativity, innovation, technical achievement and skill level.
  • Each category will have first, second and third place winners.

1st Place –  Prize worth 1,500,000 AMD
2nd Place – Prize worth 1,000,000 AMD
3rd Place –  Prize worth 500,000 AMD

The 2019 Vahé & Lucie Awards includes a new award category — the “Best of all Categories” award. The best submission across all categories will be selected by Vahé Fattal for this award and its author given a prize of 1,500,000 AMD to implement a project in their field.

The Vahé & Lucie Annual Awards is a ten-year program sponsored by Vahé and Lucie Fattal to encourage TUMO students to innovate and make strides in their fields.

Vahē and Lucie Fattal

Vahé studied painting at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (National School of Fine Arts) in Paris. He is a painter and a graphic designer who founded his own full service design & advertising agency after having worked as an art director for major design firms in Los Angeles. His firm serviced entertainment and corporate accounts such as ABC Television, the “big 5” Hollywood movie studios, National Geographic, Nissan, UCLA Extension, First Interstate Bank, etc. Vahé’s firm was ABC’s exclusive advertising agency for 18 years.

Creative services included all aspects of corporate identity & communications, advertising & marketing campaigns, motion picture and television campaigns, motion graphics and branding.

Lucie was a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) graduate with a Master’s degree in philosophy and French literature. She then attended the intensive French Language and Civilization courses (CCFS) at the Sorbonne University in Paris.

Concurrently, Vahé was creatively involved in advancing Armenian causes and projects. He was the designer of the raised-first Karabakh symbol and posters (1988), the designer of the flag of Karabakh (1998), one of the original founders of the Golden Apricot International Film Festival (2004) and the designer of its visual identity, the designer of Armenia Fund’s Telethon “Make it Happen” advertising campaign (2004), the art director of AIM/Armenian International Magazine (1990-1992), etc.

Vahé and Lucie met, lived and were married in Paris. They later settled in Los Angeles, where Lucie taught French for several years before founding her travel agency in Beverly Hills. The agency organized personalized VIP international travel & accommodation services for the art world (art galleries, artists, auction houses, art consultants), the entertainment industry (motion picture executives, actors, directors, producers) and corporate businesses.

Vahé and Lucie shared a commitment to and passion for all things Armenian, higher education, the arts and exploring the world.

Vahé is proud to have spiritually and emotionally connected with TUMO, and to share its vision and its spirit. Lucie, who passed away in 2014, would have been equally proud and committed. She surely is.