Whitley Awards

We support grassroots wildlife conservationists through our flagship prizes, the Whitley Awards. These coveted Awards are won competitively following assessment by an expert academic panel and are worth £40,000 in project funding over one year. Often referred to as ‘Green Oscars’, the Awards are presented by our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal at an annual ceremony held in London each spring.

Winning a Whitley Award is not just about receiving financial support; it comes with a significant boost in profile and provides an international stage for winners to draw attention to the environmental issues they face. Winning a Whitley Award can increase visibility, generate local and national pride and catalyse political action to support conservation leaders and their NGOs.
During the Awards week, winners receive professional media and speech training to enable them to effectively communicate their important work and inspire further philanthropic support. Tailor-made films narrated by WFN Trustee, Sir David Attenborough, PR assistance and publicity materials are distributed to the UK and overseas media to raise awareness and champion their success.

Whitley Award winners join a growing network of more than 190 conservationists in 80 countries who share knowledge and ideas – working together to protect the planet – with opportunities to apply for WFN Continuation Funding in the future.

Find out how to apply for a Whitley Award.