On January 15, 2019, applications open for the third annual Holman Prize for Blind Ambition, funded by the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco. This prize awards up to $25,000 each to three blind individuals who wish to push their own limits and carry out a “dream” project of their own design.
The Holman Prize is named for 19th Century explorer James Holman (“the blind traveler”), who was the first blind person to circumnavigate the globe, and the most prolific traveler of any person before the era of modern transportation.
In 2018, the prize was awarded to Stacy Cervenka, Conchita Hernandez and Red Szell. Stacy is creating The Blind Travelers Network, an online community for blind people to crowdsource information about the accessibility of places they travel. Conchita will convene the first-ever blindness conference in Mexico run by blind people and Red is training to complete an extreme triathlon which includes off-road biking, an ocean swim, and climbing a 200-foot sea stack.
You don’t have to be a “superhero” to win: the Holman Prize welcomes applications of all types from arts to academia, from the outdoors to personal improvement. All you need to do to get started is upload a 90-second video to YouTube and fill out the official Holman Prize application form.