Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco announces Holman Prize
Date: November 15, 2017
Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco has announced an upcoming call for submissions for the second edition of the Holman Prize.
The Holman Prize is a global $25,000 award for blind adventurers and creators, and applications will open on January 16th at 5 PM PST
Now in its second year, the Holman Prize was launched by LightHouse for the Blind in San Francisco as a means of enabling legally blind people from around the world to make their dreams a reality, and to demonstrate to the public at large that in an accessible world, blind people are capable of doing anything that their sighted peers can do.
In its first year, the prize received over 200 applications from more than two dozen countries, and the three winners, chosen by a panel of blind judges, represent a wide spectrum of ambition and ingenuity. Ahmet Ustunel is training to kayak Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait, completely solo; Penny Melville-Brown is taking her YouTube baking show to six continents; and Ojok Simon is teaching his fellow Ugandans to become self-sustaining beekeepers.
The initial application will be a quirky one: each applicant will be asked to send a 90-second YouTube video explaining, briefly, how they would put the prize money to use. From there, a select group of semifinalists will submit in-depth written proposals, and finalists will be interviewed by LightHouse staff.
You can read more about the Holman Prize in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the BBC, PRI’s The World and on the Lighthouse's website.
Follow the Holman Prize on Twitter, Instagram and on LightHouse’s Facebook page.
For more information contact Max Savage Levenson, Holman Prize Coordinator.