The inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards aims to recognise extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations.
There is a remarkable structural shift in the world, propelled by economic progress in the developing markets and the advanced reach of the Internet. More connectivity and greater variety of voices in the business, science and arts communities are leading to a new renaissance. The Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds are delighted to provide a platform to recognise the people contributing to these markets.
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The Emerging Voices Award will be open to residents or passport holders of emerging nations in three categories:
1. Africa and the Middle East: Works of fiction published in English.
2. Asia-Pacific: Films in any language with English subtitles.
3. Latin America and the Caribbean: including, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs, prints and mixed media.
The judges aim to reward those in each of the eligible art forms whose work shows outstanding talent and in some way furthers understanding of their region.
The longlist for each category will be announced on 5 June 2015. This will be followed by the announcement of three finalists on 7 August 2015 who will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in New York on 5 October 2015 where category winners will be announced.
The winner in each category will receive a prize award of $40,000 and will also be featured in a post event magazine and videos profiled on ft.com.