It is with great excitement that we announce the three winners of our 2022 Ocean Storytelling Writing Grant. Congratulations to Dimuthu Attanayake, Fanni Szakal and Wenzel Pinto! These three writers showed great writing talent, and each one shows dedication to making a difference in the field of conservation. The judging panel were impressed by their individual abilities to craft engaging stories that conveyed complex conservation issues, scientific research, and still wove throughout their work a sense of wonder for the natural world.
The winners will each receive the following:
A special mention must be made of the talented writers who made it to the ten finalists: Vanessa Wright, Serag Heiba, Elyse De Franco, Christina Riley, Moisés Gallo, Madison Churchill and Tatjana Baleta. Each of these finalists is a talented writer, and we thank them for sharing their beautiful stories and passion for changing the world with us. The overall calibre of entries for this grant was incredibly high, and the competition from all 147 applicants to reach the top 10 was stiff: each of these writers deserves their place as a finalist, and we look forward to seeing their journeys continue.
Find out more about our winners below:
Dimuthu chose journalism as a career since it serves as one of the best short-term weapons to bring about a positive impact to the society and the environment she lives in. She believes that journalism works as a powerful tool to bring conservation issues less known by the public and the policy makers to light, as well as to advocate for change.
Wenzel weaves scientific studies and facts into a story format and draws from his personal experiences, in an attempt to make scientific knowledge more digestible and enjoyable for everyday readers with no previous interest in wildlife or conservation.
Fanni would like to highlight stories that don’t usually make it into the media. In addition to reporting on lesser-known animals and conservation issues, she is also interested in showing how the fate of nature is intertwined with ours, and bringing stories from underrepresented communities to light.
The Ocean Storytelling Writing Grant builds on the legacy of our previous photography grants and is dedicated to supporting a diverse generation of emerging conservation storytellers. We were searching for passionate and committed writers who can write conservation features about the ocean, even if their background has not previously been specifically marine focused.