June 1, 2012
California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, California
Blue Frontier Campaign invites you to nominate candidates for the 5th Annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards to be held June 1, 2012.
The Peter Benchley Ocean Awards have been called the Oscars for those who act on behalf of the ocean. They are given annually and are the only existing awards that acknowledge outstanding achievement leading to the protection of our coasts and ocean across a broad range of categories. They are an opportunity to unify, inspire and recognize leaders in ocean and coastal conservation solutions: to celebrate what we’ve accomplished and the wonders of our blue ocean planet.
The Benchley Award itself was designed and donated by the marine artist Wyland. Past Masters of Ceremony have included Philippe Cousteau and Dr. Sylvia Earle. Though all categories are included below, this does not mean all categories will have a named winner in 2012.
Peter Benchley Ocean Award Categories
- Excellence in National Stewardship of the Ocean
Awarded to the representative of a nation that has made a unique and exceptional contribution to the protection, restoration and appreciation of the world ocean.
This award was given for the first time in 2011 to President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica.
- Excellence in Science
Awarded to an individual who has provided cutting edge marine science either through individual effort or as leader of a team that has advanced the cause of understanding marine ecology and conservation biology.
Past winners are Ransom Myer (2004), Nancy Knowlton & Jeremy Jackson (2009), Jesse Ausubel (2010), and Steve Palumbi (2011).
- Excellence in Policy
Awarded to an individual who contributes to advancing the cause of sustainable ocean use and protection based on the best available science and through the establishment of effective and enforceable laws and regulations.
Past winners are Senator Ernst Hollings (2004), Rep. Sam Farr (2009), Dr. Jane Lubchenco (2010), Admiral Thad Allen (USCG ret.) (2011).
- Excellence in Exploration
Awarded for feats of ocean exploration that inspire others and help advance our understanding and appreciation of the Sea.
This award was given in 2010 to Don Walsh.
- Excellence in Solutions
Awarded to an individual who helps find or create practical solution to one of the many environmental problems confronting our seas.
This award was given for the first time in 2011 to Dr. Gregory Stone.
- Excellence in Media
Awarded to an individual or media outlet that shows exceptional ability in communicating ocean issues of concern to the public in ways that inform and/or inspire people to act as informed citizens.
Past winners are Naples Daily News (2004), Mark Shelley of Sea Studios (2009), Louie Psihoyos (2010) and Juliet Eilperin (2011).
- Youth Activism
Established in 2009, this category recognizes a young person who early in life has already made a significant contribution to marine conservation and public education about our seas.
Past winners are Zander Srodes (2009), Kyle Thiermann (2010), and Rudy Sanchez (2011).
- Hero of the Seas
This category recognizes a seaweed (marine grassroots) activist who has made a major and long-term commitment to improving the quality of our oceans and the communities who depend on them but may not have gained the widespread recognition they deserve.
Past winners are Dery Bennett of American Littoral Society (2004), Richard Charter of OCS Coalition (2009), Cynthia Sarthou of Gulf Restoration Network (2010) and Kathy Fletcher of People for Puget Sound (2011).
The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2011. They should include 2- 6 paragraphs on the nominee and why the nominator finds them deserving in their category. Please no self-nominations. Feel free to include supporting materials and/or links. Please include the nominees contact information and your contact information.
Submit to email@example.com. Mark subject line – Benchley Nomination. Nominators names will be held in confidence. Final decisions will be made by the Benchley review committee. The 5th Annual review committee is comprised of:
Wendy Benchley, Marine Conservationist David Helvarg, Blue Frontier Campaign
Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian Institution Enric Sala, National Geographic Society
Greg Stone, Conservation International Jim Toomey, Sherman’s Lagoon cartoonist
Organizational affiliations are for identification purposes only.
Please feel free to share this Call for Nominations widely with others you believe might wish to submit their own nomination. Any questions should also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.