Whitley Awards 2018 Finalists

Announcing this year's finalists!

We are thrilled to announce the shortlist of six finalists for the Whitley Awards 2018. This prestigious international prize honours exceptional individuals working in grassroots nature conservation in the world’s developing countries, and who often face humanitarian, environmental and political challenges in the projects they undertake.

Selected from a field of 136 applicants from 48 countries, the six wildlife conservationists shortlisted for the chance to win an award and a share in funding worth £240,000 are:

Dominique Bikaba: Ensuring the survival of DRC’s eastern lowland gorillas

Kerstin Forsberg: Majestic giants: safe passage for manta rays in Peru & Ecuador

Olivier Nsengimana: Conserving Rwanda’s emblematic grey crowned crane

Shahriar Caesar Rahman: Tortoises in trouble: community conservation of Asia’s largest tortoise, Bangladesh

Munir Virani: Game of poisons: a strategy to save Kenya’s threatened vultures

Anjali Chandraraj Watson: Leopards as a flagship for wildlife corridors, Sri Lanka

The charity’s patron HRH The Princess Royal will announce the final results at a special evening ceremony hosted by WFN Ambassador and BBC presenter Kate Humble on Wednesday 25th April at the Royal Geographical Society in London. HRH The Princess Royal will also present an additional prize, the Whitley Gold Award worth £60,000; the winner of this will be announced on the night.

During their trip to London, the finalists will have the opportunity to meet WFN Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, network with the other finalists, attend receptions with leading conservation organisations and academics, meet Whitley Fund for Nature donors and participate in professional development and media training.

The Whitley Awards Ceremony takes place on Wednesday 25th April at London’s Royal Geographical Society. Please note that attendance at this event is by invitation only, please contact the WFN office for more information:

The ceremony will be live-streamed from 8pm on our You Tube channel.