This year's finissage and award ceremony of Best of Graduates 2019 took place on Saturday August 31 at 1:30 pm. The Public’s Prize as well as the Photo Talent Award were awarded by the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Her Excellency Ingrid van Engelshoven.

During the Ron Mandos Young Blood Award Ceremony, Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Her Excellency Ingrid van Engelshoven announced the two winners of the Ron Mandos Public's Prize and the Ron Mandos Photo Talent Award: Alex Avgud, the winner of the Ron Mandos Photo Talent Award and Necim Abiadh, the winner of the Ron Mandos Public's Prize. 

Please find a short excerpt of the Minister her speech below:

"It’s a pleasure to be here with you today. Thank you very much for your invitation! It’s truly a privilege to be surrounded by this much talent, and lovers of art. First of all, I would like to express my appreciation for the existence of this platform for young, emerging artists. As many of you know, talent development and innovation in art and culture are important priorities for me, which is why platforms such as these have my support."