Whitley Awards Ceremony 2021

Save the date; save the planet.

We are excited to announce that this year’s Whitley Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 12th May at 7pm BST!

We will bring the world to you, by streaming the evening live online. Details of how to register (for free) will follow.

Hosted live by WFN Ambassadors Kate Humble and Tom Heap, we will honour six grassroots conservationists with Whitley Awards – prestigious prizes providing winners with funding, training and profile. After a global search, there are now just 15 candidates left in the running; meet our shortlist here. The finalists will be announced on the night, when we will also reveal the recipient of this year’s Whitley Gold Award – our top prize for WFN alumni who have gone on to make an outstanding contribution to conservation.

There will never be a more important year to change the course of the climate and biodiversity crises we face. Key events including the biodiversity COP15 and climate COP26 will offer leaders the chance to reform environmental policies around the world. On-the-ground, grassroots conservationists will be rising to challenges exacerbated by COVID-19. Whitley Award winners never cease to inspire with their ability to adapt, then act, and we hope you will join us on Wednesday 12th May to support them. As WFN Trustee Sir David Attenborough said in his recent Netflix film: “Nature is resilient. Great riches still remain, and with our help, the planet can recover”.

WFN Ambassadors Kate Humble and Tom Heap hosting the Whitley Awards 2020: A Celebration

The ceremony is just one of several events taking place during May, when our winners will also have the chance to network with NGOs, meet the press, interact with donors and attend speech and media training. The week will give our finalists new connections, boost their national and international visibility and provide them with skills to capitalise on their success.

You can see last year’s ceremony here, watch a collection of short films about the 2020 winners here, and read a roundup of the media coverage they received here.