SOS Children's Villages member associations around the world nominated a total of 279 candidates for the 2014 award. Out of those 279, 100 semi-finalists were then selected by a random lottery. Eight finalists (four men, four women) were selected by the Executive Board of the Hermann Gmeiner Academy. Finally, during the month of June 2014, people from all over the world voted online to choose the two winners of the 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award. Each of the eight outstanding finalists for the 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award is a true hero. Their stories -- each one unique -- are real life 'success stories', and sources of inspiration. Read about their lives as SOS children, their interests, and the good work they have done in the world: 2014 female finalists 2014 male finalists And the 2014 winners are... Nearly 90,000 people from all over the world voted online to choose the two winners of the 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award. Learn who won.