Nominations & selection

Every year, The Earthshot Prize will be awarded to five inspiring solutions to each of the five Earthshots – simple but ambitious goals, underpinned by scientifically agreed targets, which if achieved by 2030 will improve life for us all, for generations to come.

There are several screening stages which assess the nominations, their impact on both people and nature, and the inspiring stories behind them. These assessments consider whether the nominations have the potential to create game-changing impact around the world, to help us reach our Earthshots while also improving the lives of people and communities.

2021 Selection

The search for our inaugural Finalists began in November 2020, when nominations opened and were submitted by over 200 official Earthshot Prize Nominators from every region of the world. These Nominators were selected for their experience in environmental research, policy, advocacy and grassroots action, as well as their global networks with individuals, teams and organisations who are leading on solutions to these environmental challenges.  Over 750 nominations were screened as part of an independent assessment process run by Deloitte, our implementation partner.

Longlisted nominations were then assessed by a global Expert Advisory Panel – a crucial stage in the selection process that adds a further layer of independence and rigour, bringing together expertise from science, conservation, innovation, investment, economics, politics, communications and activism.  



Our Expert Advisory Panel

The process

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