Watch the video to learn more about the 2015 Emerging Voices winners and the awards.
The inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards culminated with the announcement of the winners at a gala event in New York on October 5, 2015, at The New York Public Library. The winners are:
- Yuhang Ho of Malaysia in the film category;
- Chigozie Obioma of Nigeria for fiction; and
- Cristina Planas of Peru for art.
Each of the winners, selected by a panel of independent judges in each category, received a $40,000 prize along with enhanced global recognition of their work.
Yuhang Ho won the Emerging Voices film award for “Trespassed;” a story about a mentally troubled young girl, based on Yuhang Ho’s sister, obsessed by her missing father and how her mother tries to protect her from self-destruction. More than 100 entries from the Asia-Pacific region were submitted in the film category.
Michael Skapinker, FT Associate Editor and Chair of Judges, Yuhang Ho, winner for Trespassed, Mont Tesprateep, finalist for Endless, Nameless, Han Ting, finalist for The Sea, Justin Leverenz, OppenheimerFunds Director of Emerging Market Equities, and Fiction and Art Judge, Mira Nair, director of critically acclaimed films Mississippi Masala and Salaam Bombay! and Film Judge, and Monica Bhutiani, mother of finalist Shubhashish Bhutiani, director of Kush.
Chigozie Obioma won the Emerging Voices fiction award for The Fishermen, his debut novel, which has received critical praise on both sides of the Atlantic. The Fishermen tells the story of four brothers who defy their father’s warnings and fish in a once-sacred but now dangerous and polluted river, where they encounter a madman who prophecies the death of the eldest brother. The judges considered more than 160 works of fiction from countries in Africa and the Middle East.
Skapinker, Nadifa Mohamed, novelist and Fiction Judge, Chigozie Obioma, winner and author of The Fishermen, Scholastique Mukasonga, finalist and author of Our Lady of the Nile, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, finalist and author of Dust, and Leverenz.
Cristina Planas won the Emerging Voices art award for “Vultures,” “Table of Negotiations,” “Mass Grave,” and “Coloured Christ.” The Lima-based sculptor’s “Vultures,” an installation made up of dead vultures sculpted on dead palm trees in a protected wetlands area south of the city, was displayed as part of the U.N. Climate Change Conference COP20 that took place in Lima last December. More than 570 entries were submitted from the Latin America-Caribbean region.
Skapinker, Cristina Planas, winner for her works Vultures, Table of Negotiations, Mass Grave, and Coloured Christ, Pablo Mora Ortega, finalist for his works Cabinet, Folios, Abandonment, and Records, Fabiola Menchelli Tejeda, finalist for her works Balancing Light, Archway, Curved, and Section Cut, and Leverenz.
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