Jeffrey Tobias, GiveEasy, Winner of Community Services, Shell Innovation Challenge, The Australian
In 1948, shortly after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee declined to award a prize on the grounds that "there was no suitable living candidate" that year. Although nominated on multiple occasions, Gandhi never received the Nobel nod -- a dubious omission shared with the likes of Vaclav Havel for Peace, Leo Tolstoy for Literature and Dimitri Mendeleev for Chemistry.
Like most things, no doubt there were political issues behind these snubs. And though the Nobel Prizes still take pride of place in global awards recognizing the pinnacle of human achievement, there's no denying the symbolism of the awards being bestowed in a rarefied European court.