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Announcing the 2021 Whitley Award winners!

Meet this year's recipients of world-leading prizes for grassroots wildlife conservation.

Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Whitley Award winners: an inspirational cohort of conservationists leading grassroots action to benefit wildlife, habitats and people.

PAULA KAHUMBU | WHITLEY GOLD AWARD

Kenya | Justice for people and wildlife | Winner of the Whitley Gold Award donated by the Friends of Whitley Fund for Nature

Line of African savannah elephants

LUCY KEMP

South Africa | A community-based approach to conserve the Southern Ground-hornbill | Winner of the Whitley Award donated by Anne Reece

Southern Ground-hornbill CREDIT Ben Jobson - BirdLife International

PEDRO FRUET

Brazil | Building bridges to encourage coexistence with the Lahille’s bottlenose dolphin | Winner of the Whitley Award donated by The William Brake Foundation

NUKLU PHOM

India | Establishing a biodiversity peace corridor in Nagaland | Winner of the Whitley Award donated by the MAVA Foundation

Yaongyimchen village in Nagaland CREDIT Bolingbroke Kent

KINI ROESLER

Argentina | Hooded Grebe: Guardian of the Patagonian Steppe | Winner of the Whitley Award donated by The Frank Brake Charitable Trust

Kini Roesler's team constructing Hooded Grebe breeding platforms

IRORO TANSHI

Nigeria | Bats from the brink: Participatory action to save the short-tailed roundleaf bat | Winner of the Whitley Award donated by the Arcus Foundation

SAMMY SAFARI

Kenya | Transforming the future of sea turtles through coastal stewardship | Winner of the Whitley Award donated by The Corcoran Foundation

Local children taking part in conservation activities

Each winner receives £40,000 in project funding, international media attention and training. They also have the opportunity to meet NGOs, donors and partners as well as joining our 200-strong community of Whitley Award alumni – a global network of peers with whom they can share expertise, resources and encouragement.

We are so grateful to our Whitley Awards Partner, Earlymarket LLP, to our Whitley Award donors and to all of WFN’s supporters; this work would not be possible without you.

Congratulations again to all of the 2021 Whitley Award winners, who, even in these difficult times, give us hope for the future.