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Our 10 favourite moments from 2023 Finalist Announcement week in New York

2022 Finalists in New York

With New York Climate Week and the 78th session of the UN General Assembly as our backdrop and source of inspiration, we once again teamed up with Bloomberg Philanthropies to host The Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit.

Returning for its second year, the event reunited our 2022 Finalists – some of whom took to the stage alongside forward-thinking business leaders, philanthropists and governments to spotlight their solutions and spark new environmental ideas.

And this year’s summit was of course extra special, as the incredible line-up of innovators making up our 2023 cohort of Finalists was revealed!

Let’s look back at some of our favourite moments from the week.


Prince William visits Billion Oyster Project

On the first day of New York Climate Week, Earthshot Prize Founder and President, Prince William visited some of the volunteers behind the Billion Oyster Project – a group aiming to restore New York Harbour’s once-abundant oyster reefs.

Finalists Re-united

Ahead of the 2023 Finalist Announcement, our 2022 Finalists and Winners were reunited at the Earthshot Ideas Hub, hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies. There they met with global business, technology, environmental and government leaders to explore ways to further accelerate their solutions.

BBC One Show meets UK Finalists

With two Finalists for this year’s Prize, Colorifix and ENSO, based in the UK, BBC’s flagship evening chat show The One Show sent actor and environmentalist Cel Spellman to learn more about their innovative solutions.

Orr Yarkoni from Colorifix talks to BBC One Show

Vaitea Cowan chats to Prince William

Vaitea Cowan, co-founder of 2021 Earthshot Prize Winner Enapter, sat down for a conversation with Prince William on stage at the Innovation Summit to talk about the climate, reasons for optimism and our new 2023 Finalists.

Lighting up London

Once again, this year we lit up the centre of London on announcement day, as our incredible 2023 Finalists took over the iconic Piccadilly Lights screen.


Earthshot Prize Finalists 2023 Piccadilly Circus screen

A spotlight on last year's winners

With huge thanks to our founding partner Bloomberg Philanthropies, we were so excited to see our five Winners from 2022 share their stories with global leaders on stage at the Innovation Summit.

Sophia Li meets the 2023 Finalists

Climate journalist Sophia Li went behind the scenes at the Innovation Summit to meet this year’s Finalists and find out all about their solutions.

Public Opinion NYC

We teamed up with Public Opinion NYC to ask the people of New York one simple question: are they optimistic or pessimistic about the future of our planet? Presenter, Jack, then met our latest cohort of Finalists to understand how their innovative solutions should be a genuine source of optimism for us all.

New YouTube Series Launched

The trailer for our new YouTube series dropped on announcement day. The series explores each of the 15 trailblazing 2023 Finalists in detail, following the stories behind their solutions and understanding how they believe we can save the planet.

The first episode is out this Wednesday 27 September, so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and turn on notifications so you don’t miss it!

As the dust settles on an incredible week, we would like to sincerely thank Bloomberg Philanthropies for helping host a truly inspirational Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit.

Attention now begins to focus on Earthshot Week in Singapore this coming November, culminating in the 2023 Prize Awards on November 7th, where five of this year’s cohort will each win a game-changing £1 million to help scale their solution.

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