OppenheimerFunds and the Financial Times are once again joining forces for the second annual Emerging Voices Awards, a global initiative designed to recognize the talents of artists, writers and filmmakers in emerging-market nations.1

The 2016 Emerging Voices Awards will build on the overwhelming success of last year’s inaugural program. Founded by OppenheimerFunds’ Director of Emerging Markets Equities Justin Leverenz to provide a global stage to showcase the talent, creativity, and originality of artists from the developing world, the 2015 Emerging Voices Awards generated submissions from almost 900 artists in 65 countries.

Leverenz, who will again serve as one of the judges this year, believes that much of the current analysis of emerging markets is misguided and often driven by the misperception that they are all the same. “We see tremendous progress and innovative changes taking place across these diverse markets,” says Leverenz. “We have always believed the arts offer a great window into these transformations.”

The 2016 Emerging Voices Awards are open to residents or passport holders of the following regions in these three categories:

  • Africa – art, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation or mixed media;
  • Asia-Pacific – fiction writing, for works published in English; and
  • Latin America-Caribbean – filmmaking, for works completed between January 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016; films may be in any language but must have English subtitles.

Last year’s Emerging Voices Awards winners recognized Asian filmmakers, African writers, and Latin American artists. The 2015 winners by category were Yuhang Ho of Malaysia, filmmaking, for “Trespassed”; Chigozie Obioma of Nigeria, fiction, for “The Fishermen”; and Cristina Planas of Peru, art, for “Vultures,” “Table of Negotiations,” “Mass Grave” and “Coloured Christ.”

Winners of the 2016 Emerging Voices Awards will be recognized at a gala event in New York City in September, where each will receive a $40,000 prize to help them further develop their artistic talents and support their careers.

To learn more about the 2016 Emerging Voices Awards or submit an entry, visit EmergingVoicesAwards.com. Join the conversation with #EmergingVoices.

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1 This list of emerging-market nations is defined by the World Bank Atlas Method (i.e., those with a GNI per capita of less than $12,746).