Lorenzo Natali Media Prize

Lorenzo Natali Media Prize

The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize

All ten winners received their prize at the Award Ceremony! ​


Who tells the stories to the world about the development challenges we care about ? Journalists. When it comes to democracy, human rights, poverty eradication, and religious freedom, journalists are there capturing the big moments.


Watch the full Award Ceremony below.



After receiving 500 applications from all over the world, the European Commission has awarded the 2017 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize to ten amateur and professional journalists for outstanding reporting on development, poverty eradication and freedom of religion. The Award Ceremony took place in Brussels during the European Development Days (EDD) on 7 June at 18:00.

We would like to congratulate the Grand Prize winner Saurabh Sharma from India for his story ‘Shanno’s Story Takes A Hard Look At What It’s Like To Live On The Streets Of Varanasi’, published in Youth Ki Awaaz. In this profile piece, Sharma paints the picture of young Shanno’s hardships on the street, but sheds an intense light on how much harder it is to be a girl while facing these circumstances.

Congratulations to the regional winners in the professional and amateur categories: Martin Kaba (Africa – Amateur Category), Daniel Addeh Midodji (Africa – Professional Category), Nehal El Sherif (Arab world and Middle East – Professional category), Umar Shah (Asia and the Pacific – Amateur category), Saurabh Sharma (Asia and the Pacific – Professional category), María García Zornoza (Europe – Amateur category), Peter Lykke Lind (Europe – Professional category), and Fernanda Maldonado Mocelin (Latin America and the Caribbean – Amateur category). Winners of the freedom of religion or belief outside the EU prizes are Ousmane Drabo (amateur) and Delphine Bauer (professional). More information about the winners and their work can be found here.

Keynote speakers at the Award Ceremony included European Commissioner Neven Mimica in charge of International cooperation and Development, Stefano Manservisi, European Commission Director-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), and Ján Figeľ, Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the European Union

The winners have been selected by an independent jury who are experts in the fields of development, journalism and human rights. Jury members included Sanitsuda Ekachai (Bangkok Post and Press Council of Thailand), Nazila Ghanea (University of Oxford), Richard Jones (Devex), Julie Majerczak (Reporters Without Borders), Ines Pohl (Deutsche Welle), Alana Rizzo (Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism), and Sybella Wilkes (UNHCR).