2019 Holman Prizewinners Alieu and Mona stand together at the San Francisco Transbay Terminal
2019 Holman Prizewinners Alieu and Mona stand together at the San Francisco Transbay Terminal

Holman Prize for Blind Ambition 2020 – Applications open January 15

Are you blind or visually impaired? Will you be over the age of 18 on October 1, 2020? Creative and entrepreneurial, with ambitious, far-reaching dreams? Submissions for the Holman Prize, LightHouse for the Blind’s annual competition to win up to $25,000 for blind adventurers and creators to complete their most ambitious projects, are open January 15!

How to Apply to the Holman Prize? The initial application is a 90 second YouTube video describing the project, what the prize money would fund and a brief application form. Semifinalists will later be asked to provide in-depth written proposals. Later, finalists will be interviewed by LightHouse staff in order to select a winner. All the information you need, including terms and conditions, can be found here: holmanprize.org.

Now in its fourth year, the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Holman Prize for Blind Ambition is an international competition that is awarded annually to three blind individuals who wish to push their limits. It is named for James Holman, a nineteenth century blind explorer and author, who was the most prolific traveler before the era of modern transportation.

Past winners have completed feats like traversing the Bosporus Straight via solo kayak, hosting the first conference in Mexico for blind children and their families led by blind professionals, and creating an app to enable blind citizen scientists to participate in the search for exoplanets by listening to space. Our nine winners so far have come from five countries on four continents and have all found unique ways to forever change the world’s perception of blindness.

We all know ambitious blind people. Please spread the word about the Holman Prize to encourage your blind friends and associates to apply. Copy this announcement and send to your network and join our social media community for updates:

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A big idea, a quick application form and a 90 second pitch video are all you need to apply. For inspiration here is the YouTube Playlist of 2019 Holman Prize Finalists

Application information is available here: holmanprize.org/apply. If you have any questions, please contact us at holman@lighthouse-sf.org.

Applications close March 15 at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

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