As the world awaits the announcement of the 2019 Aurora Prize Laureate, nominations open for the 2020 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity. This global annual award, launched by the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, seeks to identify and support modern day heroes who do the difficult life-saving humanitarian work on the ground, in many dangerous places around the world. The Aurora Prize, granted on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors, recognizes the importance of aiding people who demonstrate exceptional courage and commitment to help others and have a huge impact on the welfare of humankind. Since 2015, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has honored these outstanding people, empowering them and raising awareness of their selfless work.
Anyone can nominate. The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative seeks those courageous committed individuals who put their own life, health, freedom or reputation at risk to preserve human lives. Once the nominations are submitted online, they are reviewed by a panel of professionals and experts in the humanitarian field. The Aurora Humanitarians and the Prize Laureate are then chosen from the shortlisted nominees by the Aurora Prize Selection Committee comprised of Noble Prize Laureates, former high officials and global human rights activists. A more detailed description of the Aurora Prize criteria and selection process can be found on the Prize website.
Every year the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative grants a US $1,000,000 award to the Laureate who receives a unique opportunity to continue the cycle of giving by supporting the organizations that have inspired their humanitarian work.