Meet the Shortlisted Works from 2018 

Opening Ceremony and Exhibition

Shortlisted photo-essays

The 2018 edition has received more than 200 submissions over a period of 6 months. The entries were covering a huge variety of topics and they were from more than 50 different countries.

Our jury has formed the exhibition with the 11 photo-essay that best reflected our mission. An opening ceremony was held at the London Business School where the exhibition was open to the public and a series of talks and panels complemented the visual experience. 

You can browse the 11 stories forming the exhibition on this website, just use the drop down menu on this tab or see the list below.

Africa Living Without Electricity - Story Award

Pascal Maitre

620 million Africans live without electrical power.

Not only do electricity shortages in Africa represent a major obstacle for the continent’s growth, development and industrialisation, but they also put a threat on health and security. Merely 25% of the inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity, and on an irregular basis. This number drops to 8% in rural zones. 48 African countries counting 800 million inhabitants generate the electricity equivalent to Spain, which has a population of 45 million. 

Aerotropolis, the Way We'll Live Next

Giulio di Sturco

An Aerotropolis is an urban form whose layout, infrastructure, and economy are centered on an airport, offering businesses speedy connectivity to suppliers, customers, and enterprise partners worldwide. It is a city that’s less connected to its direct neighbours than to its peers thousands of miles away. An Aerotropolis is deeply rooted in globalisation, allowing transportation of goods and intellect. 


Benedetta Ristori

Night shifts, once the preserve of industrial sectors, are now significantly spreading to the service sectors and occupying a place of first order in areas such as communications and trade. Shift work, even at night and on holidays, now covers more than 8 million workers who could develop psychosomatic repercussions. 

Leaving Paradise

Kathleen Flynn

In 2016, the people living on the tiny Isle de Jean Charles in coastal Louisiana became the nation’s first official “climate refugees”, thanks to a US federal grant that gives them a chance to move to higher ground – away from the rising water that threatens their two-century-old Gulf Coast community.

The Slumtown Chronicles

Sudipto Das

61-year-old Md. Alamgir is a dreamer with a difference: he dreams not about himself, but about the community he belongs to, Darapara – one of the most wretched slums along the railway tracks of Tiljala (Kolkata). More than 70,000 slum dwellers reside below the poverty line. He has waged a lone and arduous battle to ensure that almost every children in the slum can now sign, read and write. 

Virunga's Hydroelectric Promise

Brent Stirton

Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most difficult and dangerous places in the world to practice conservation. The park’s leaders have worked with experts from the EU to create a sustainable and clean hydropower schemes. Virunga’s hydroelectric power station can change the face of the region and offer opportunities to its communities.

Shifting Sands

Toby Smith

The Persian Gulf is on the brink of destroying its natural environment of global migrant species. This essay documents threatened ecosystems of the Persian Gulf to promote wider understanding and capacity building by UK-based NGOs and conservation groups. 

Can China's Great Green Wall Keep the Desert Away?

Ian The

In China today, a new Great Wall is being built not of stone, but of trees. Its aim: to hold back China’s vast and expanding deserts. The project, officially dubbed the Green Great Wall. Aiming to plant some 88 million acres of protective forests in an area larger than California, it is easily the biggest tree-planting project in human history. 

Women in Innovation

Amelia Troubridge

1 in 3 women says her gender has negatively impacted her career in innovation. Women’s participation in the innovation ecosystem is crucial to the development of work that will truly change the world. Pictured here are some of the 34 Women in Innovation Award Holders from Innovate UK’s first competition solely for women. 

A Life Dedicated to Fighting Malaria

Novartis International - (Photographer: Brent Stirton for Novartis AG)

In Kenya, about three-quarters of the population is at risk for malaria. Malaria remains the leading cause of mortality in Kenya, killing an estimated 30,000 people every year – most of them children under 5 years old. At the US Army Medical Research Unit-Kombewa clinic scientists work with global healthcare company Novartis in conducting research and running clinical trials for antimalarial vaccines and drugs.

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

Curated by: Shoshana Stewart

Turquoise Mountain hs created the Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Murad Khani, passing the traditions of woodwork, ceramics, jewellery and calligraphy on to the next generation. Artisans graduate set up businesses – mostly in Murad Khani – and now work with international designers and clients. $5,000,000 in sales meant more training and jobs for almost 1,000 artisans. 

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