Lorenzo Natali Prize - 2018

Lorenzo Natali Prize - 2018

Highlights of the Awards Ceremony

1. Africa


Junior - Mr. Karim Dini Osman Ridwan / Ghana

Title: The Price of Thirst

Published on 06/11/2017 on GHOneTV, EIB Network, Ghana - Watch the story


This piece is about an extreme water crisis in northern Ghana. The story was broadcast alongside a social media hashtag titled #northernlivesmatter and so far, the campaign has attracted interests from some NGO’s, most of whom have already reached out to some of the thirsty communities.


Born on 7th March 1994, Karim Dini Osman Ridwan is a multiple award winning broadcast journalist with half a decade experience. He began his journalism career with the JoyNews channel of the Multimedia Group Limited in 2013 as general news reporter. He currently works at GHOneTV, one of Ghana's most watched channels as a reporter, producer and a news anchor. He is also a recipient of the African Media Initiative award for Best African Journalist for Peace and Security Reporting 2017 and 2016 Best Journalist Award in Rural Reporting from the Ghana Journalists Association. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.


Senior – no winner


2. Arab World and the Middle East


Junior – no winner


Professional – Andrew Mambondiyani

Title: Beira: Mozambique's second largest city is sinking

Published on 10/11/2017 on Aljazeera.com - Read the story


The story looks at the impact of sea level rising on the coastal city of Beira in Mozambique and efforts to save the city from sinking. Beira's increasing population and poor infrastructure mean the city is vulnerable to flood damage; some residential areas lie below sea-level.The 19th-century city was designed to host no more than 30,000 people, but today more than 500,000 people live in Beira. Most struggle in poverty. Simango, Beira's mayor, says more than $100m is needed to make the city resilient to climate change. But figures and plans do little to quell residents' anger.


Andrew Mambondiyani is a journalist based in Zimbabwe with more than 10 years journalism experience. Between 2010 and 2011 he served as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at Massachusetts institute of Technology (USA). In 2008, he served as a Middlebury Environment Journalism Fellow in USA. His journalism work has appeared in various local and international media organisations including Thomson Reuters Foundation, BBC, Yale E360, Think Africa Press, SciDev.net,Centrepoint Now, IPS, Mongabay.com and Opendemocracy.net among others.

He has a special interest in climate change, agriculture, sustainable development and the environment in general


3. Asia and the Pacific


Junior – Mr. Parth Nikhil / India

Title: Cutting cane for 2,000 hours

Published on 06/02/2018 on People's Archive of Rural India - Read the article


The article highlights the lives of migrant sugarcane workers who toil day in day out for paltry sums of wages, in the meantime, compromising the education of their kids, at the risk of personal health and well being. 


Parth MN is a journalist based in Mumbai, India. He is a special correspondent with the Los Angeles Times and a freelancer with various other online portals. He is best known for his relentless reporting in the agrarian region of Marathwada in the western state of Maharashtra, where over 60000 farmers have committed suicide in the past ten years, at an average of 10 per day. While most mainstream media platforms have ignored the agrarian crisis, Parth MN has consistently documented the plight of farmers throughout the year 2017 for the website People's Archive of Rural India, founded by Ramon Magsaysay award winning journalist P Sainath. Parth MN himself was honored in India's capital Delhi in February 2018 for the reportage in Maharashtra. Read the reports 

Apart from that, Parth MN, 26, has covered five state elections so far, and has reported from several other states of India, including the conflict-ridden Kashmir.


Senior - Ms. Chitrangada Choudhury / India

Title: Guardians of the grain

Published on 06/02/2018 in The Hindu - Read the story


Indigenous peoples are often depicted as ‘backward’, despite having sophisticated, yet gravely threatened agro-ecological knowledge, which is vital to sustainable development. The article describes indigenous farmers, especially women, who are sustaining over 200 varieties of native/heirloom rice in Koraput district of the author’s home state of Odisha. The author explores how their knowledge addresses our age of inequality and climate change, and is vital to the goal of sustainable development. India has lost thousands of native rice varieties as a result of policies by government, agri-businesses, and other agencies pushing farmers to cultivate 'modern' and 'high-yielding' rice. Communities in Koraput continue to possess the knowledge of growing more hardy and ecologically resilient heirloom varieties, and cherish such native rice as part of their social systems and cultural heritage. They thus offer a valuable counter-perspective on what is sustainable development, and how we can achieve it. The story thus speaks to the EU 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development framework, by integrating the economic, social justice, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. It highlights the necessity of the 'People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships' approach.


Over 14 years, Ms. Chitrangada Choudhury worked as a reporter in India's national newspapers, The Indian Express and The Hindustan Times, and subsequently as an independent journalist, based in her home state of Odisha. This is a state with dense forests, vast mineral resources and several Adivasi (indigenous) communities. The national and international media routinely depict Odisha as a poor and backward place, which needs to be ‘developed.’ Through her journalism, she tries to focus on Adivasi perspectives on development and sustainability, in particular around issues of the ecology, agriculture, and natural resources. Her reportage strives to place indigenous people at the centre of the story, to ask how we might build sustainable development in this age of deep socio-economic inequality and climate change. The entry is part of this body of work that challenges readers to re-think sustainable development.


4. Europe


Junior - Mr. Ahmer Khan / India

Title: A school under metro bridge teaches Delhi children

Published on 21 June 2016 in Radio France Internationale (RFI) - Hear the story


There are millions of children of a primary-school age in India who don’t attend school. For some, school is too far away, child labour and some can’t afford to go. But since 2011, one man in the capital Delhi has been teaching any children who show up, and preparing them for state exams. The children often live in shacks in slums. Now other volunteers have started joining him to teach as well.


Ahmer Khan is an independent documentary photographer and a radio journalist based in Indianadministered Kashmir focusing South Asia. He has done photo and video commissions for BBC, Al-Jazeera, The Guardian, Carnegie Council, Yale Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Getty Images, Foreign Policy, Vice News, Grazia, BuzzFeed, The Diplomat, Huffington Post and many other publications. Ahmer continues to cover one of the longest ongoing conflicts in the world in disputed Kashmir, apart from covering the Nepal earthquake to Kashmir floods to recent most Rohingya crisis. He was previously working for World Health Organization during the Nepal earthquake. He is the correspondent for Radio France International (RFI) and The Christian Science Monitor covering South Asia.


Senior - Ms. Verena Toepper and Ms. Maria Feck / Germany

Title: Blood Sisters

Published on 14/07/2017 by Spiegel Online - Read and watch the story


In developing countries, many girls miss school regularly - because they can't afford sanitary napkins. That translates to worse grades and reduced prospects of a well-paid job. Kenyan women want to break the cycle with menstrual cups.

The article was accompanied by a podcast (in German, with English transcript). You can find the transcript here and listen to the Podcast here and here is the link to the German Version of the article.


Verena is a full-time journalist since 2008 when she graduated from Axel Springer Academy in Berlin, one of Germany’s most progressive schools of journalism. She holds a master's degree in Communication Studies, American Studies and Film Studies and attended journalism classes at several universities in the US. In 2010, she spent three months in Tanzania with a journalism fellowship. Afterwards, she left the local newspaper she was working for and joined Spiegel Online as a reporter. In 2014, she established Spiegel Online’s nightshift in Sydney. Currently, she is working for Spiegel Online as deputy editor of the education department in Hamburg. Verena is a passionate tap dancer and photographer and loves writing about education, innovation and the ones left behind. She is 35 years old.


5. Latin America and the Caribbean


Junior – no winner


Senior – no winner


6. Thematic prize: Elimination of violence against women and girls


Winner: Mr. Achille Fatondji / Benin

Title: L’excision en régression au Bénin, lumière sur les luttes menées (translation: Female genital mutilation in decline in Benin, spotlight on the struggles waged)

Published on 09/03/2018 by Radio Bénin - Hear the story

There was a time in Benin when female genital mutilation was on the rise. 17% was the prevalence rate of female circumcision on the national level in 2001 according to official statistics. But about 10 years later, this rate dropped to 7%. This radio feature reported on the actions carried out to make this practice decline. In addition to archival material, interviews with NGO officials, former ministers, sociologists, psychologist, doctors, victims of female genital mutilation and the general public shed light on the elimination of violence against girls and women.


Achille Fatondji is a 25 years old journalist, columnist and presenter at the Office of Radio broadcasting and Télévision du Bénin (ORTB). He also writes for magazines that are primarily related to society, art and culture. He also won a prize for “Best reporting on wastewater management, solid waste management, household, sanitation and flood control” and a prize for “Best reporting on the 10 year anniversary of the electronic communication and postal regulation authority ARCEP-Bénin”. Achille Fatondji attaches great importance to the defence of human rights and, above all, to the promotion of human rights.


7. Grand Prize


Winner: Ms. Verena Toepper and Ms. Maria Feck / Germany (see Europe – Senior)