Hadiza Usman
Best Female Activist
Nigerian activist Hadiza Bala Usman started the popular #BringBackOurGirls campaign to raise awareness about the 2014 abduction of 276 Chibok schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Borno State, Nigeria.
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Ahmed Gamal Ziada
Best Male Activist
Ahmed Gamal Ziada is a photojournalist from Egypt and was a videographer at an Egyptian news website. He was detained for two years for filming a fight between two cops and civilians, and was later framed for burning a building a building and assaulting two cops. He has shed light on the legal system in Egypt since his release.
"Stop the Bleeding"
Best Song
This song by Livesoul, Synik, and Pauline & The Kids was recorded for "Stop the Bleeding," a campaign fighting to end illicit financial flows from Africa.
"The Battle for Land"
Best Picture
From Human Pictures, this hybrid documentary/animated film explores forced mass displacement in Colombia.
Tony Maake
Best Photo
South African photographer Tony Maake won a Transparency International competition with this photo, which raises awareness of the lack of convenient taps for many.



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See the activists, artists, and organizations that were honored in previous years.

Sharada Bhusal
Best Activist
Best Picture
"Corruption" by Radio & Weasel
Best Activist Anthem
Transparency International
Best Visual Effects
Open Duka
Best Special Effects
Open Budget
Best Visual Effects
Sely Martini
Best Activist in a Leading Role
Dr. Sley and Da Green Soljas
Best Activist Anthem
Rakesh Rajani
Best Director
Photo credit: Open for Change
Open Development Explained
Best Picture