Australian Geographic Society Awards

Excellence in adventure and conservation

Every year the Australian Geographic Society recognises feats of excellence in adventure and conservation. Past recipients have included Bob Brown, who stood at the frontline of big environmental battles for more than 40 years; Valerie and Ron Taylor, who were recognised for 50 years’ worth of marine conservation work, including their ground-breaking research into shark behaviour; and Bindi Irwin, who has inspired a new generation of wildlife warriors.

Guest Speaker for 2019

The Australian Geographic Society is excited to announce Victor L. Vescovo as Guest Speaker of our annual Gala Awards ceremony.

Victor Vescovo is an undersea explorer and retired American naval officer and he has just broken the record for the world’s deepest ever dive. His dive took him to the depths of the Mariana Trench (10,927m) in the Pacific Ocean.

He was the first person to reach the deepest point of the Atlantic Ocean in an historic solo submersible dive. These dives are part of Victor’s Five Deeps Expedition, the world’s first manned expedition to the deepest point in each of the five oceans – he has now been to the bottom of four of the world’s oceans.

In 2017, Victor became the 12th American to complete the Explorers Grand Slam. Vescovo also became the first person to have climbed Mount Everest and been to the bottom of the ocean, as well as having skied to both the North and South poles. Thus, he is the first to have completed visiting one version of the “Four Corners of the Earth”.

In 2019, Victor aims to be the first person to have reached the top of all the continents as well as the bottom of all the oceans. The final challenge will be to reach the bottom of the Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean, which is currently scheduled for August 2019.

We are thrilled to have Victor as our guest speaker at the 2019 AGS Gala Awards Night.

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2019 Australian Geographic Society Awards
Friday, 1 November 2019

From 6pm
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

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Awards Articles

GALLERY: 2018 Australian Geographic Society Awards


This year, the Australian Geographic Society recognised the incredible conservation work of Atticus Fleming, the Numbat Task Force and Sophia Skaparis, as well as the incredible adventurers of Syd Kirkby, Steve Plain, Paul Pritchard and Jade Hameister. If you weren’t there to celebrate with us, here are some snippets of the night of nights.

Highlights from the 2018 AG awards night


On Friday, 26 October 2018, we celebrated the achievements of some of Australia’s greatest conservationists and adventurers at the annual Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards night in Sydney, with special guests, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.