AGS Awards Nominations FAQ

  • May 04, 2018

Everything you need to know about nominating someone for an AG Society award.

Who can be nominated?
Any living Australian citizen or permanent resident can be nominated for an Australian Geographic Society award.

Who can put forward a nomination?
Any individual, community organisation, business or professional body or similar group can nominate someone for an award.

What are the awards categories?
A full list of categories and criteria can be found HERE.

How do I prepare a nomination?
Please download and complete the nomination form available HERE. You will need to know some basic information about the person you are nominating to complete the form. This includes their name, age, a telephone number and an email address. 

You will be asked to say why you think the person is deserving of an award and to provide any details of their actions or service that support this. When filling out the nomination form, it is important to provide specific examples of how the nominee’s contribution(s) has been outstanding.

Once complete, forward the form to the AGS Administrator at or post to:
AGS Administrator
Australian Geographic
Level 9, 54 Park Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Is it necessary to provide a referee?
Yes, the name and contact details of an individuals who would be in a position to comment directly on the nominee’s achievements should be provided. The provider of the testimonial must have suitable and relevant credentials to be able to support the nomination in that they must be recognised as an achiever in a related field of endeavour.

Do I need to include the written testimonial with my nomination form?
There is no need for you to ask referees to provide written comments in advance.  When we are processing a nomination we may need to put specific questions to referees to assist in our research so it is best we contact them at that stage.

How are nominations assessed?
Throughout the year, nominations for the Australian Geographic Society Awards are received by the AGS administrator. These nominations may be drawn from sponsorships given out by the AGS or articles in the journal, or come from members of the AGS or the general public. The AGS also works closely with conservation charities and organisations to spread our call for nominees far and wide.

Award winners are selected from a list of nominees by the selection panel, made up of members of the AGS Advisory Council, the AGS Adventure Committee, the Awards committee and the staff of the Australian Geographic journal.

Can I nominate myself?
Yes, given that you are able to provide an appropriate referee.

How long does it take for nominations to be considered?
Nominations for awards open during May. Following receipt, nominations are researched and referees are contacted where required. A decision is generally made by early August of the same year.

How are recipients told of their award?
Recipients are advised by telephone or email of the offer of an award. The names of successful nominees are announced at the annual Australian Geographic Society Awards event and published in the Nov/Dec issue of Australian Geographic (or issue first released after the event).

Are nominators advised?
Nominators are not advised of the outcome of their nomination prior to the official announcement.

More information or help
If you have any further questions, please contact the AGS Administrator on (02) 9263 9813.