The 2017 Whitley Awards Ceremony was held on 18th May at The Royal Geographical Society in London. The Ceremony was hosted by Tom Heap with the Whitley Awards presented to the winners by WFN Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, in front of over 500 guests.
The Winners of the 2017 Awards are:
Winner of the Whitley Gold Award donated by The Friends and Scottish Friends of the Whitley Fund for Nature, Zafer Kiziklkaya: Guardians of the sea: securing and expanding marine reserves along the Turkish coastline.
Winner of the Whitley Award donated by the Savitri Waney Charitable Trust,
Ximena Velez-Liendo: An uphill climb: enabling coexistence of Andean bears and farmers in the Bolivian mountains.
Winner of the Whitley Award donated by the William Brake Charitable Trust in memory of William Brake, Alexander Blanco: Nest protectors: conserving Venezuela’s magnificent harpy eagles as a rainforest flagship.
Winner of the Whitley Award donated by the Garfield Weston Foundation, Ian Little: Custodians of South Africa’s threatened grassland biodiversity.
Winner of the Whitley Award donated by The Shears Foundation in memory of Trevor Shears, Purnima Barman: Inspiring women to protect Assam’s greater adjutant and its wetland habitat, India.
Winner of the Whitley Award donated by WWF-UK, Sanjay Gubbi: Reducing deforestation in Karnataka’s tiger corridors, India.
Winner of the Whitley Award donated by Notting Hill Preparatory School, Indira Lacerna-Widmann: Partnering with prisoners to safeguard the Critically Endangered Philippine cockatoo.
Photographs of the ceremony and reception can be found here and photographs of the winners receiving their awards, along with images of their work can be found here:
- Zafer Kizilkaya (marine reserves, Turkey)
- Ximena Velez-Liendo (Andean bears, Bolivia)
- Sanjay Gubbi (tigers, India)
- Ian Little (grasslands, South Africa)
- Purnima Barman (greater adjutant stork, India)
- Indira Lacerna-Widmann (Philippine cockatoo, Philippines)
- Alexander Blanco (harpy eagles, Venezuela)