From Latin praemium, a prize is a distinction , a award or one reward that is granted to someone for some merit or service. It is usually a compensation as recognition of an effort or achievement .
For example: "The English singer received an award for his career and was cheered by thousands of people", “Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010”, “The authorities decided to give a prize to the child with the highest average among all the schools in the city”, "The poet refused to accept the award, at odds with US foreign policy".
In the world of artIn all its forms, there are numerous competitions, many of which award prizes that drive the winners' career; For example, some literary prizes consist of the publication of the selected work and a considerable economic reward to its author. In these cases, artists have a much greater incentive than the one generated by the promise of public recognition, since (for many people) winning means getting the opportunity to produce new works without having to keep other occupations.
Obtaining a prize for a work of art, for an invention or for a performance, is often incorrectly associated with the quality of the product or presentation; Many people believe that the winner of a singing contest, to name an example, is the best singer of all those who have appeared at the casting. However, the variables to take into account to grant the first position to an artist are many, and some of them are drastically affected by circumstantial issues; In this case, the person's vocal health plays a fundamental role in their performance, and it is not an easy thing to control.
For writers, awards represent one of the most effective ways to make their books known and get the means cheap to make writing your only occupation. In a world that tends to value cinema and music over books, it is very difficult for an artist of the letters to be respected and sustained without the need for work not related to his passion; As if this were not enough, within the literature there are genres not much appreciated by the masses, such as poetry, which adds a stone in the path of certain authors.
An award will also be compensation or an incentive that is delivered with the purchase of a product or the use of a service . An ice cream shop can reward frequent customers who buy more than two kilos of ice cream per month with a bottle of champagne, while an electricity company can offer discounts as a prize to users who pay their bills without delay for more than twelve consecutive months.
In certain cases, prizes can be awarded from the random intervention . Raffles, raffles, pool and other types of games and contests offer cash prizes or products (such as televisions, cars, etc.): “Do not miss the great raffle at the end of the year at the Club El Progreso: we will raffle three stereo systems, a bicycle and a trip to the Iguazu Falls”, “My aunt won a motorcycle in a television contest”.
Many Business they resort to the type of contests that require the purchase of one of their products to participate, which strategically boosts their sales and increases their popularity momentarily, provided that the prizes are tempting and that everything is accompanied by an intelligent and attractive advertising campaign.