Prince William's Earthshot award shatters nominations record

Prince William's Earthshot award shatters nominations record

WATCH: The Prince and Princess of Wales go diving with the 2022 Earthshot Prize winner

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Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 15/02/2024

- 21:27

The Earthshot Awards are set to be held in South Africa’s Cape Town later this year

Prince William’s Earthshot Awards have shattered the record number of nominations.

The application period for William’s Earthshot Awards 2024 have closed with double the number of total nominations than any previous year.

The news comes shortly after it was announced that the awards are set to be held in South Africa.

Officials revealed that "in total 2,429 potential game-changing solutions based in 139 countries worldwide were put forward by our network of over 430 Official Nominators."

Prince William

Prince William's Earthshot Prize receives double the number of nominees this year


Nominees also came from an increasing number of countries; five times as many nominations came from Southeast Asia than in any previous period.

The Earthshot Prize is an "ambitious global environmental prize which aims to discover and help scale the world’s most innovative climate and environmental solutions to protect and restore our planet," according to their website.

Chris Large, Director of Portfolio and Prize said: “The response to this year’s nomination period proves that the world doesn’t have an innovation problem – we have a scaling problem.”

Although the Earthshot Prize Awards will not take place until November 2024, it has not been confirmed if Princess Kate will be in attendance.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton at Earthshot Prize Awards in 2022


Last year, she did not attend the event in Singapore as her son, George, was preparing for exams at the time.

Large continued: “The ideas are out there, generated by talented people from diverse corners of the planet.

“The challenge is rapidly developing, testing, funding, and adopting those solutions, with a role for government, business and the public alike.”

It has been reported that the event is taking place in Africa because the continent is the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Prince WilliamWilliam with winners at 2023 Earthshot Prize Awards CeremonyPA
William and Kate

It has not been confirmed if Kate will attend the 2024 Earthshot Prize Awards


It has been revealed that 391 of 2024’s nominations are headquartered in Africa, which is higher than any previous year.

Last year, Prince William travelled to Singapore in November to attend the 2023 Earthshot Prize Awards where he left a business owner in tears.

The Prince of Wales wore a tie made from plastic bottles created by the Italian brand Wilmok during a ceremony.

The founder of the company posted on social media that he was “literally in tears” from the gesture.

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