Meet the 2019 Semifinalists

Read about our 41 Semifinalists and dive into their pitch videos on our YouTube playlist.


Abdullah Aljuaid sits at a desk in front of his computer.
Abdullah Aljuaid
Ta’if, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Natalie and Sarina
Natalie & Sarina
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Pauline Dowell
Pauline Dowell
Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA
Portrait of Fernando Botelho.
Fernando Botelho
Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
Alieu Jaiteh
Alieu Jaiteh, The Gambia
2019 Holman Prizewinner
Michael Aguilar against a green background with confetti falling in front of his face.
Michael Aguilar
Talladega, Alabama, USA
Mark Melencio sits at a table.
Marx Vergel Melencio
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Phillipines
Shon Mackey
Shon Mackey
San Diego, California, USA
Chad Allen wears a hat and holds up an Ace of hearts card.
Chad Allen
Los Angeles, California, USA
Yuma Decaux
Yuma Decaux, Australia
2019 Holman Prizewinner
Joshua and Pat
Joshua Tatman
Eaton, Colorado, USA
Johnny Tai
Johnny Tai
Richmond, British Columbia , Canada