Soon we’ll know who won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. But for now, it’s a guessing game. Here are some of the most talked-about contenders for the prize:
1. Malala Yousafzai
Many people thought Malala Yousafzai would win last year, and she’s in the running again.
The 17-year-old hero famously survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for encouraging girls to seek education, and she never let that stop her from advocating for women’s rights.
2. The Pope
Pope Francis’ name has also been tossed into the hat.
But it is too soon for the Argentine pontiff, who has only been leading the Catholic Church since March 2013, to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
3. Edward Snowden
Snowden might be a wild card, but some people think he has what it takes to win the prize.
4. Chelsea Manning
Chelsea Manning, another whistle-blower on the list, might also take home the award.
Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, is the U.S. Army intelligence analyst who was convicted of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.
5. Denis Mukwege
Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynaecologist, is also up for the Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against sexual violence. He founded a hospital in Bukavu to treat rape victims.