HART Prize for Human Rights: Winners and Shortlisted Entries

20 March 2018

On Monday 19th March we held a prize-giving ceremony for the HART Prize for Human Rights, celebrating all the incredible entries to this year’s competition.

In this record-breaking year, we had 221 entries across all categories, from candidates around the world. Achieving a shortlisted place was tougher than ever and the high standards made it a very difficult decision for our judges. We offer huge appreciation to Agnieszka Kolek from the charity Passion for Freedom for guest judging the creative entries, while Baroness Cox judged the essay categories.

We commend all the work that was entered and hope young artists and writers are encouraged to continue creating thought-provoking pieces and promoting human rights through their work. All participants will receive a certificate to praise their commitment to human rights and for taking part.

Below please find a list of the winners and shortlisted entries for each category. Over the next few days, we will be uploading the winning essays and creative pieces to our blog so you can read, view and more importantly learn about the issues these candidates chose to focus on.


Exhibition of artwork, poems and essays

Category: Junior Essay


Daniel Brooks, Madelaine Burnham, Francesca McBride, Kajana Srikanthan, Orlando Morris, Ruksar Hussain, Helena Mangles, Grace Read

Joint 3rd Place: 

Alice Smith Why education is important for development, democracy, and what does it mean to me?

Mariam Ahmed Nigeria’s children denied education

2nd Place:

Megan Leung The Importance of Adequate Sanitation for Girls and Women in Ensuring a Country’s Development

1st Place:

Woojin Lim The Refugee Crisis: Burden-Sharing and Moral Obligations

Joint 3rd place for Junior Essay winner Alice Smith with Baroness Cox

Category: Senior Essay


Abigail Dore, Vasundhara Kanoria

3rd Place: 

Jing Min Tan Human rights can sometimes be dismissed as a Western concept. Using one or more of the countries HART works with, explain why this view could occur and suggest how you would go about promoting ownership of human rights.

Joint 2nd Place:

Maya Muller Facing a moral quandary: from Churchill to Suu Kyi

Hannah Mordey To what extent can we consider democracy to be a human right? How does Uganda reflect this?

1st Place:

Tabitha Everett The difficulties and solutions in creating an effective human rights discourse in countries which practice FGM

Joint 2nd Prize Senior Essay Winner, Maya Muller collecting her prize

Category: Junior Creative


Isabel Haley, Hiba Hossain, Chloe Dagcevizi, Tyla Williams, Anjali Shelley, Aanya Mukhtyar, Woonjim Lim, Alice Androulidakis, Christianna Davis, Lily Hassan

3rd Place: 

Maria Giles Our Prayers, Our Rights, Our Pencil

2nd Place:

Yasemin Ismail & Desiree Ankrah No Voice But Something To Say

1st Place:

Ruksar Hussain Pajok

Junior Creative Winne
Junior Creative winner Ruksar Hussain with guest creative judge Agnieszka Kolek

Category: Senior Creative


Tan Ga Yeow, Abigail Dore, Leyla Buran

3rd Place: 

Boluwatife Kusoro Tree

2nd Place:

Catarina Felix Machado Dark Past, Golden Future

Joint 1st Place:

Rachel Rotimi Snatched

Jude Sheridan Wake Up

Joint 1st winner Jude Sheridan with Agnieszka

Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to everyone for taking part. Details about next years competition will be out in the summer.

If you would like us to visit your school or university to talk about human rights, HART or the competition, please get in touch with

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