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Find out about the 2017 Aus­tralian Ge­o­graphic Gala Awards and get the news.

IT’S AL­WAYS AN EX­CIT­ING time when we get to salute the peo­ple who in­spire us most at the Aus­tralian Ge­o­graphic So­ci­ety Awards. This glit­ter­ing an­nual din­ner also en­ables the bright­est and best in Aus­tralian ad­ven­ture and con­ser­va­tion, past and present, to mix and min­gle in an at­mos­phere of con­vivi­al­ity.

This year we wel­comed Tim Jarvis AM as key­note speaker. Tim is ar­guably Aus­tralia’s fore­most mod­ern po­lar ex­plorer and has used his high prof ile, pro­fes­sional rep­u­ta­tion and skills as a top ad­ven­turer to bring at­ten­tion to the ef­fects of hu­man-in­duced cli­mate change. His re­cent 25zero cam­paign saw him climb a se­ries of the world’s equa­to­rial glaciers to draw at­ten­tion to the dra­matic re­ces­sion in ice cover now af­fect­ing th­ese pow­er­ful in­di­ca­tors of ris­ing global tem­per­a­tures.

Tim is a f ine and ar­tic­u­late ex­am­ple of the closely linked worlds of ad­ven­ture and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tion.

This year for the f irst time we hon­oured the win­ner of the Aus­tralian

Ge­o­graphic Nature Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion when un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­pher and writer Justin Gil­li­gan was pre­sented with a new medal­lion that will form part of the awards from now on. Turn the page to f ind out the win­ners across all the other cat­e­gories.

We ac­knowl­edge the support of our spon­sors, APT, Bre­mont and World

Ex­pe­di­tions and in par­tic­u­lar we thank

APT for pro­vi­sion of the fab­u­lous f irst prize in our grand raff le – a trip to the beau­ti­ful Kim­ber­ley.

Tim Jarvis re­ceiv­ing a medal from Michael Cu­sack in 2013.

Jo Runci­man, AGS chair

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