Natasha Kaplinski congratulated winners Angela Robson (professional category) and Kiran Flynn (amateur category) at the awards ceremony held in the Royal Academy of Arts, London. The prestigious competition seeks to shine a light on some of the most challenging issues facing the developing world today through impactful journalism.
Fighting off tough competition from over 400 entries, the 16 shortlisted writers visited developing countries in Africa or Asia on assignment for The Guardian. The finalists' pieces will be published in two Guardian newspaper supplements (published 21st and 23rd November) and the entire longlist of 40 entrants have their articles published on The Guardian online.
Communications Manager at Marie Stopes International Michael Tirrell says, “Journalists are able to give a voice to people in developing countries that may otherwise not have a chance to be heard and Marie Stopes International leads this competition to do just that. We are proud to motivate new and existing journalists to bring international development stories to life, improving awareness, commitment and support for international development.”
Renwick Rose meanwhile was honoured with the International Development Achievement Award for his passion, dedication and contribution to the Windward Island community in the Caribbean. Affectionately known as the ‘Banana Man’, Renwick Rose formed the Windward Island National Farmers’ Network Association (WINFA). Whilst the banana trade was spiraling this cooperative of small-scale famers secured Fair Trade Certification and kept their place on supermarket shelves. Earning a premium of a dollar per box of bananas, the WINFA farmers invested back into the community sustaining and developing the social, educational and trade infrastructure of the islands.
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About the Awards
Created by Marie Stopes International and The Guardian, the annual competition is now in its fourth year. This year’s supporting NGO consortium of Marie Stopes International, CARE International UK, The David Rattray Memorial Trust (UK), Direct Relief International, FHI, International Childcare Trust, Malaria Consortium, Plan UK, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. The sponsors were Glaxo Smith Kline and Barclays.
The judging panel included Sue George, Editor of the competition; Jon Snow, C4 Newsreader, Natasha Kaplinsky, broadcaster, and Elizabeth Ford, deputy editor The Guardian's Global Development website
Professional Category - Supplement to be published on Monday 21 November
Winner: Angela Robson - travelled to Haiti with FHI and covered 'Rape - the new phenomenon in Haiti'
- Alice Klein - travelled to Zambia with Marie Stopes International: 'Unsafe abortion'
- Jack Craze - travelled to Mali with Syngenta Foundation:' Farmer organisations and development agriculture'
- Samira Shackle - travelled to Kenya with Direct Relief International: 'Political violence and humanitarian aid'
- Sarah Turley - travelled to India with International Childcare Trust: 'Child workers in the clothing industry' the nature of this piece meant it could not be published - posed a risk to those involved. A replacement feature will run
- Hanna Hindstrom - travelled to Bangladesh with CARE International UK: 'Connecting the rural poor of Bangladesh with the global economy’
Amateur Category - Supplement to be published on Wednesday 23 November
Winner: Kiran Flynn - travelled to Bangladesh with Plan UK and covered 'Early and forced marriage'
- Manini Sheker - travelled to the Philippines with Marie Stopes International: 'Reproductive health’
- Eleanor Davis - travelled to South Africa with the David Rattray Memorial Trust: ' Impact on rural communities of improving education provision'
- Sam Cowie - travelled to India with Direct Relief International: 'Healthcare in India'
- Rob Percival - travelled to Tanzania with the International Childcare Trust: ' How can children be prevents from moving to the streets?'
- Roberta Radu - travelled to Kenya with CARE International UK: 'Access to finance and opportunity in Kenya'
- Charlotte Jenner - travelled to Nigeria with Malaria Consortium: 'Long lasting insecticidal nets'
- Huw Poraj-Wilczynski - travelled to Ghana with FHI: 'Community influencers and their role in the control of malaria'
About Marie Stopes International
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