WINNERS
Nadia Murad
Best Female Activist
Nadia Murad overcame horrific events to become one of the most powerful activists against human trafficking. She was one of more than 6,700 Yazidi women taken captive by the Islamic State in Iraq 2014. After escaping to Germany, she started Nadia’s Initiative, an organization “dedicated to helping women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities, and human trafficking heal and re-build their lives and communities.”
Gyan Maharjan
Best Male Activist
Gyan Maharjan is the president and co-founder of X-Pose Nepal, an organization dedicated to curbing the pervasive sexual assault and harassment of women in secondary and higher educational institutions. X-Pose operates under the motto, “To end all types of sexual abuse and exploitation.” Gyan's work includes creating programming in schools to combat gender-based violence and sexual harassment.
"In the River"
Best Song
New York-based singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza wrote “ In The River: A Protest Song” to support the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Identifying as Native, part Pima, Raye was inspired by listening to different testimonials of the Standing Rock Sioux people and says “Any threat to water is a threat to all of us.”
"The Ivory Game"
Best Picture
“The Ivory Game” explores both elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade in Hong Kong and China. Directors Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani, as well as their crew, went undercover to research the illegal activities.
Matthieu Paley
Best Photo
“A walk through Delhi’s polluted streets”, a photo series by photographer Matthieu Paley, exposes the impact of urbanization, density of cars, and the practice of burning refuse in India’s capital city.
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PAST WINNERS

See the activists, artists, and organizations that were honored in previous years.

2016
Hadiza Usman
Best Female Activist
Ahmed Gamal Ziada
Best Male Activist
"Stop the Bleeding"
Best Song
"The Battle for Land"
Best Picture
Tony Maake
Best Photo
2015
Sharada Bhusal
Best Activist
Virunga
Best Picture
"Corruption" by Radio & Weasel
Best Activist Anthem
Transparency International
Best Visual Effects
Open Duka
Best Special Effects
2014
Open Budget
Best Visual Effects
Sely Martini
Best Activist in a Leading Role
Dr. Sley and Da Green Soljas
Best Activist Anthem
Rakesh Rajani
Best Director
Open Development Explained
Best Picture