Search & selection

Every year, The Earthshot Prize launches a global search for eco-innovators with solutions to our five ‘Earthshot’ goals – simple but ambitious goals grounded in science, which if achieved by 2030 will improve life for us all, for generations to come. We seek breakthrough emergent solutions that can repair and regenerate the planet, while nurturing the eco-innovators to grow their impact.

Nominations can be from any country or sector in the world and represent not for profit, foundation, investment, corporate, academic, governmental and community led organizations from around the world all united by a common aim of supporting and scaling eco-solutions that can repair and regenerate the planet in this decisive decade.

The prize process

Nominations undergo a rigorous screening and assessment process before the five Winners are selected. The selection process will prioritise solutions that are beyond idea stage, with working prototypes or proven effectiveness, ready to be scaled or replicated rapidly. Nominations are assessed in terms of the inspiring stories behind them, their inclusivity, equity and benefits for humans, their impact on the Earthshots, and the ability for this impact to be scaled.


Our nominators seek out solutions from across the globe that will help us reach our Earthshots.


Nominations are screened as part of an independent assessment process run by Deloitte, our implementation partner.


A distinguished panel of experts support the judging process, making recommendations to The Earthshot Prize Council.


The Earthshot Prize Council select our five winners.


The Winners of The Earthshot Prize are awarded £1 million in prize money and announced in a global broadcast ceremony, which will take place in different cities across the world each year.

Roadmap to Regeneration

The Roadmap to Regeneration is a detailed guide to the key selection priorities that will act as basis for how the Prize searches for and selects the solutions that will become the next winners of The Earthshot Prize. Developed through extensive research and consultation with experts, the Roadmap sets out how we can repair our planet through key tipping points across all five Earthshots which we believe can accelerate positive change this decade.

Explore nominators by region


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.

The Expert Advisory Panel’s recommendations were presented to the Prize Council, who selected five Winners from fifteen incredible Finalists.

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