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