The winners of the Whitley Awards 2011 were announced at the annual Whitley Awards Ceremony at London’s Royal Geographical Society on Wednesday, May 11th.
Seven Whitley Awards, worth £30,000 each, were presented to conservation leaders from Croatia, Uzbekistan, India, Argentina, Indonesia, Russia and Belize.
The Ceremony was hosted by writer and broadcaster John McCarthy CBE and the winners were presented with their Whitley Awards by WFN Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
The evening’s main prize, the Whitley Gold Award donated by WWF-UK, was won by Rachel Graham of Belize in recognition of her work to conserve the country’s threatened shark populations, crucial for healthy coral reef ecosystems and tourism.
Please visit the Winner’s Projects section to read profiles of each of this year’s winners and to view short films about their winning projects, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.