On 16 December 2020, the PCU Committee acknowledged with the highest respect the acceptance of the Chairmanship of the PCU Drawing and Photo Contests by Prof. Dr. Herman Van Goethem, successor of Alain Verschoren as rector of the University of Antwerp. The acceptance, as endorsed by the PCU Committee Executive Board last week, memorializes profoundly the legacy within the University of Antwerp of Alain Verschoren as ambassador of fair play in university sport. Alain Verschoren passed away unexpectedly on 27 November 2020.
As a token of commemoration to Prof. Dr. Alain Verschoren, who passed away unexpectedly on 27 november 2020, the PCU Committee Executive Board decided unanimously, in accordance with his wife Lin Van De Cruys and the University of Antwerp, to name the awards connected to the PCU Drawing and Photo Contests after Alain Verschoren.
As rector of the University of Antwerp (Belgium), Alain Verschoren was the driving force behind the establishment of the drawing and photo contests in 2016. He acted as the first chairman of both contests. The first Alain Verschoren Awards will be presented to the winners of the 2020 contests.
PCU Committee mourns passing of Alain Verschoren
The Committee of Panathlon Clubs of Universities is deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Alain Verschoren, Chairman of the PCU Drawing and Photo Contests, at the age of sixty-six. His wife Lin Van De Cruys informed the PCU Committee leadership of his passing in Tenerife, Spain.
Prof. Dr. Alain Verschoren was a former Dean of the faculty of mathematics at the Belgian University of Antwerp and Rector at the same university from 2008 until 2016. In 2016 Alain Verschoren became Chairman of the University of Antwerp and Panathlon Drawing Contest and in 2019 he became also the Chairman of the University of Antwerp and Panathlon Photo Contest.
“It is a personal grief that we feel upon hearing this tragic news,” said PCU Committee President Peter Verboven. “His presence and contribution to our movement will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Take a virtual tour to see the results and the Exhibition of the 1st Antwerp University and Panathlon Photo Contest.
Try yourself in this year’s contest by simply posting any student sport photo on your account with the hashtag #PCUpic or by filling out the registration form on the website.
After an online meeting of the Selection Commission due to ongoing quarantine, the final results of the first edition of the Antwerp University and Panathlon Photo Contest are ready to be announced.
Download the results here.
The PCU Committee has selected the 15 best photos of all the photos posted with the hashtag #PCUpic over the year 2019. The photos should meet the Contest requirements.
The photos should be
– copyright free,
– relevant to the theme,
– and artistic.
The Photo Contest Selection Commission appointed within these 15 photos the best, second best and third best photo.
1. Jury award of €300 goes to Sergey Vasiliev from Russia
2. The photo posted by the Student Center of the University of Mostar from Bosnia and Herzegovina was selected as the second best to be exhibited.
3. The third best photo, posted by Davide Pera from Italy, was chosen to be exhibited.
These 3 winning photos will join the exposition at 4 prestigious locations in our major touring exhibition of the Antwerp University and Panathlon Drawing Contest.
Facebook award of €150 goes to Frederik Verhofstede from Belgium for the photo of volleyball competition at the PCU Games in Antwerp.
Instagram award of €150 goes to Tino Kovacic from Slovenia for the photo made during the PIUTT Tennis Tournament in Moscow.
We welcome you all to participate in the second edition of the Photo Contest just by posting the photo with hashtag #PCUpic. More requirement you can find here.