INSP Awards 2016 winners revealed in Athens

Street paper innovators came together from all over the world in Athens tonight to find out the winners of the INSP Awards 2016.

The ceremony took place in the grand surroundings of the Onassis Cultural Center, during the 2016 Global Street Paper Summit.

INSP Awards 2016 winners and nominees Photo: Panos Zoulakis /

Our delegates celebrated innovation and excellence in INSP’s 112 street papers, with 11 awards highlighting the best articles, covers, projects and campaigns produced across the international network.

As in previous years, the coveted awards recognise the impact of street papers in campaigning, marketing and social enterprise, while also celebrating editorial excellence.

Across the board, judges agreed that the standard of our winners and shortlisted finalists was exceptional.

The awards were hosted by INSP’s Honorary President Serge Lareault and Maree Aldam, CEO of INSP.

Now working as an advocate for the Montreal’s homeless population, Lareault is the former executive director of the city’s street paper, L’Itinéraire.

He said: “We should be proud about us, proud about all the vendors, the workers, the volunteers and the partners who make possible, year after year, the mission of the street paper movement. Yes – it could be difficult sometimes, but the results are so important in the life of hundreds and hundreds of vendors around the world.”

Among the winners was Straatnieuws’ collaboration with INSP to secure an interview with the Pope – this received the Special News Service Award for the most-published story from INSP’s News Service.

In the Best Vendor Contribution category, it was second time lucky for Dustin Lapres, who won after being nominated last year. And last year’s summit hosts, Real Change, also secured a win.

Congratulations to all our winners and highly commended entries!

Best News Feature

Highly Commended:

Street Sense, USA

For “What Are You” Finding a place for transgender homeless
By Sabrina Caserta


Big Issue Korea defectors Credit Junghyuk Shin


The Big Issue Korea

For North Korean defectors share incredible stories of escape and survival
By Young Ham


Best Cultural Feature

Highly Commended:

The Big Issue, UK

For Pixar and the art of manipulation
By Steven MacKenzie

Real Change Rex small


Real Change

For Through images and art, Rex Hohlbein is changing perceptions of homelessness
By Aaron Burkhalter


Best Photograph

The Happiness Shop by Don Pinnock.


The Big Issue South Africa

For The Happiness Shop
By Don Pinnock


Best Cover

Highly Commended:

The Curbside Chronicle, USA


The Big Issue South Africa


Best Design

Highly Commended:

Liceulice, Serbia


=Oslo / =Norge


Special News Service Award



For “We need to fight for a world without poverty”: Pope Francis grants rare interview to street papers
By Stijn Fens & Jan-Willem Wits


Best Vendor Contribution

Highly Commended:

The Big Issue Australia

For Inside
By Julian Ogle

Dustin Lapres


Speak Up Magazine

For Requiem for a Lost Generation
By Dustin Lapres


Best Online Presence


=Oslo / =Norge


Best Project

Highly Commended:

StreetWise, USA

For StreetWise Transitional Jobs Programme


The Big Issue Australia

For The Big Idea


Best Breakthrough

Highly Commended:

Straatnieuws, The Netherlands

For With a little help from a friend: Interview with Pope Francis



For Megaphone expands to take on Hope in Shadows calendar 


Best Campaign

Highly Commended:

The Contributor, USA

For Defeating “jobs killing” bill



For Friends of Roma and New EU Citizens


As always, the standard of street paper entries was exceptional. You can see all our finalists here.

If you’d like to hear more about the work of street papers, sign up for free INSP news here. You can follow all the action from the Global Street Paper Summit by following #INSP2016 


One thought on “INSP Awards 2016 winners revealed in Athens

  1. Congratulations to all award winning streetpapers.
    Finding BODO (from Dortmund, Germany) amongst them makes me very happy. Bastian P. and his crew have been doing their utmost for years on end in establishing the face of BODO and its vendors as part of the city’s “landscape”.
    Thank you .

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