ICF Mostra is proud to have helped organise the re-launch of the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2015 along with the award ceremony that took place on 14 January at the Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels. The ceremony honoured 10 winners in 5 categories, including one Grand Prize winner.
The prize was re-launched in light of the European Year for Development 2015 following a three year pause. Organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), the prize pays recognition to journalists who report on development issues and poverty eradication – often under challenging circumstances in troubled parts of the world. This year both an amateur and a professional journalist were awarded in each of the five categories, which represent developing regions of the world.
Organising the award scheme over the past year was no small task. ICF Mostra helped DG DEVCO to coordinate all of the key aspects, including the promotion and gathering of entry submissions from around the world, the selection process with the grand jury and their deliberation meetings, press and media relations, and of course the award ceremony which took place on 14 January.
Under the motto ‘Today’s stories can help change our tomorrow’, an astounding 1 400 entries were submitted. ICF Mostra coordinated the work of the independent grand jury – chaired by Olivier Basille, the Director of Reporters Without Borders Belgium – whose job it was to evaluate the entries and whittle them down to the best of the best. The winners were selected not only because of the compelling stories they chose to tell, but also because of the thorough and well-balanced journalistic approach they took by investigating them from various angles.
ICF Mostra would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and especially the Grand Prize winner, Arison Tamfu from Cameroon, for his story ‘Africa’s billions might be buried forever’, published in the Cameroon Daily Journal. We are proud to have been involved in this prestigious project honouring those who contribute to reporting on development and poverty eradication around the world through their investigative work.