The "Hear – Experience – Feel" competition gets both young and old thinking about hearing and asks them to write exciting stories about extraordinary and everyday hearing experiences.
The winner, Julia Schomaker, is only 15, yet her life has been deeply affected by hearing: she was born deaf. When just a child, she was given what is known as a cochlear implant, with which she was able to learn to hear and speak, and which helped her become, in her own words, "an ordinary girl living in the countryside, who enjoys sports and reads a lot".
The high-profile judges, Eske Nannen (Emden Art Centre), Markus Müller (Oldenburg State Theatre) and Martin Kind (KIND Hörgeräte), were faced with a difficult task when selecting the winner, for the entrants had sent many engrossing and personal stories about hearing.
The Auditory Valley hopes that the "Hear – Experience – Feel" competition will get the population thinking about what hearing really means.
As winner of the "Hear – Experience – Feel" competition, 15 year-old Julia Schomaker gets to accompany the nominated team when they go to Berlin on 28th November, for the announcement of the winner of the 2012 German Future Prize. Things will be tense to the very last: just which of the four nominated teams will win will remain a mystery until Federal President Gauck announces it at the award ceremony. ZDF will broadcast the gala event at 10:15 p.m. on 28th November.