Voices of a Brighter Future Journalism Competition – Winners Announced

The Voices of a Brighter Future journalism competition called on journalists from least developed countries to submit inspiring stories on how sustainable energy positively impacts communities and individuals in their countries. Over 50 submissions were received highlighting the challenges and live changing benefits that sustainable energy brings to communities.

The competition has been run by UN-OHRLLS with generous support from the Government of Norway, Sustainable Energy for All and the UN Office for South-South Cooperation.

A high-level panel of judges from the United Nations, sustainable energy and media sector assessed the entries and seven winners of the competition were selected to travel to the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Lisbon, Portugal 2-3 May 2018.
This publication features excerpts from the seven selected journalists and five other shortlisted entrants. UN-OHRLLS wishes to thank all the participants who took part in this competition and who helped to shine a light on the remarkable difference that sustainable energy makes to the world’s poorest communities.

Winners (from top left):

Sèna Libla – She sells her evening porridge under a solar street lamp

Safia Mahdi- Solar energy in Yemen, a light spot amidst the darkness of total war

Abu Siddique – Solar street lamps light up rural Bangladesh village

James Chavula – Smoky kitchens: Malawi’s cooking crisis

Milo Milfort – Sustainable Energy to fill state voids in Northwestern Haiti

Kossi Elom Balao- How solar electricity brings smile and hope to farmers in Togo

Moussa Ngom – We only need better solar equipment