Andrew Lock, 2009 Adventurer of the Year.

AG Society Adventure Awards

  • July 05, 2010

Past winners of the Australian Geographic Society Adventure Awards.

AG Lifetime of Adventure Award

This is the Society's highest honour and recognises those special Australians who have not only lived an adventurous life, but have also put something back into Australia and inspired other Australians. 

As the AG Awards are a celebration of achievement and not a competition as such, not all categories are awarded annually. Each nomination and category is judged on merit alone.


Year Awardee
2017 Jon Muir
2016 Ron Allum
2015 Eric Philips OAM
2014 Hans Tholstrup
2013 Colin Putt
2012 Don McIntyre
2010 Lincon Hall
2009 Dr Jon Stephenson
2008 Alan Warild
2007 Andrew McAuley (posthumous)
2006 Greg Mortimer
2005 Graeme Budd and Andy Thomas
2004 Mike McDowell
2003 Tom Kruse
2002 Griselda Sprigg
2001 Alf Howard
 2000 Dick Smith

AG Adventurer of the Year Award

This award has been won by many of Australia’s greatest adventurers and explorers of the modern age such as Tim Jarvis AM and the late Sue Fear AM. It reflects a particularly notable achievement in adventure or exploration during the previous 12–18 months. There is no age limit.




Sandy Robson


Michael Smith


John Jacoby, Chris Porter, Andrew Maffett and Jim Bucirde


Jason Beachcroft
2013 Tim jarvis
2012 Pat Farmer
2010 Linda Beilharz
2009 Andrew Lock
2008 Josef Truban
2007 Lloyd Godson
2006 Tim Cope
2005 Andrew McCauley
2004 Jon Johanson
2003 Sue Fear
2002 Jon Muir
2001 Tammy van Wisse
2000 Dick Smith
1999 David Mason
1998 David Lewis
1997 Syd Kirkby
1996 Don & Margie McIntyre
1995 Dennis Bartell
1994 Len Beadell
1993 Warwick Deacock
1992 Val & Ron Taylor
1991 Warren Bonython
1990 Hans Tholstrup
1989 Dot Butler
1988 Philip Law
1987 Colin Putt

AG Young Adventurer of the Year Award

First presented in 1989, the Australian Geographic Young Adventurer of the Year is awarded to a person under 30, this award usually reflects a particular expedition or adventure during the previous 12–18 months.

Year Awardee
2017 Sam Mitchell
2016 Jade Hameister
2015 Danielle Murdoch
2014 Belinda Ritchie
2013 Ryan Campbell
2012 Lachie Carracher
2010 Jessica Watson
2009 Angus Paradice
2008 James Castrission and Justin Jones
2007 Rex Pemberton
2006 Stephen Fordyce and Roger Chao
2005 Rex Pemberton
2004 Chris Bray & Jasper Timm
2003 Christopher Harris
2002 Tim Cope
2001 Jeremy Richardson, Jarlath Weingott, Angus Weingott
2000 Krista Bernard
1998 Chris Hatherly
1997 David Dicks
1996 Mark Shearer & Eric Croker
1994 Damon & Deanne Howes
1992 James Woodford and Adam Kerezsy
1991 Jeremy Durbin
1990 John Weir

Richard Wood

AG Spirit of Adventure Award

This is awarded to those whose efforts reflect strength, determination and the ability to overcome obstacles to attain their goals and achieve great things. It also acknowledges that sometimes it takes more than one attempt to achieve those goals. There is no age limit. It usually reflects an undertaking in the previous 12–18 months.

As the AG Awards are a celebration of achievement and not a competition as such, not all categories are awarded annually. Each nomination and category is judged on merit alone..

Year Awardee

Lisa Blair


Brian Freeman, Alyssa Azar and Lachlan Smart.

2015 Huw Kingston
2014 Heath Jamieson and Sean Donoghue
2012 James Castrission and Justin Jones
2010 Alex Vail, Tane Sinclair-Taylor and Joshua Stewart
2009 Gemma Woldendorp & Natasha Sebire
Andrew Hughes
2008 Esther Nunn
Cheryl and Nikki Bart
Chris Bray & Clark Carter
2007 Andrew Gregory / Kieran Kelly
2006 Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan
Lang Kidby and Warren Brown
2005 David Noble
2004 Ben Kozel & Tim Jarvis
Libby Hall
2003 Rob Rymill
Susie Brown
2002 Operation Pilgrimage
Nicholas Gleeson
Lowanna & Kevin Doye
2001 Chris Hatherly & Tim Cope
Fran West
2000 Sth Georgia Travers Expedition
Curnow–Andreasen family
John Wallington
1999 Brian Walker
Sue Fear
Warren McDonald
1998 Greg & Vicki Warburton
Treseder, Williams, Brown
Max & Sheila Newman
1997 Alan Warild
Brigitte Muir
Susie Moroney
1996 Jon Johanson
Eric Philips
1995 Philip & Ifta Gee
Katie Reid, Amelia Kewley and Stuart Murray 
Wade Fairley & Angus Finney
1994 Anne Lise Guy
Glenn Singleman & Nic Feteris
Morie Ward, Tom Williams, Dave Robinson, Keith Williams, Ian Brown, Peter Treseder.
1993 Katie Reid
Drew Kettle
Mike McDowell
Don McIntyre
1992 Terry Bolland
Peter Treseder
John Walmsley
Margaret Noffs
1991 Greg Mortimer; Greg Child
Tim Macartney-Snape
1990 Gaby Kennard
Michael/Sue Cusack
 1989 Greg Mortimer
Kay Cottee
Ashley Coulston
Andrew Wight
Chris Baxter
  1988 Australian Bicentennial Antarctic Expedition
Aden Wickes
  1987 Mike Dillon
Ron Ware
Sorrel Wilby


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