The Duke of Sussex, Dick Smith, Sophia Skarparis and Jade Hameister.

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    Australian Geographic Editor-in-Chief Chrissie Goldrick and the Duke of Sussex.

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    Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, received an honorary conservation award on behalf of HM Queen Elizabeth II and spoke about the importance of combating climate change.

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    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with Australian Geographic founder Dick Smith.

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    AG Managing Director Jo Runciman and Chrissie Goldrick with the Duke and Duchess.

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    2018 Young Adventurer of the Year, Jade Hameister with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

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    2018 Young Conservationist of the Year, Sophia Skarparis with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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    Veteran broadcaster Ray Martin AM hosted the 2018 Australian Geographic gala awards ceremony on Friday, 26 October at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney.

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    Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council board member, Ann Weldon, delivered the Welcome to Country on the night.

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    2018 Lifetime of Conservation Award winner, Atticus Fleming.

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    2018 Adventurer of the Year, Steve Plain.

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    Steve Plain receiving his medallion.

    The 2018 Adventurer of the Year Award was sponsored by Coral Expeditions.

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    The Numbat Task Force.

    The 2018 Conservationist of the Year Award was sponsored by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Saving Our Species Program.

     

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    2018 Lifetime of Adventure Award winner, Syd Kirkby, receiving his medallion.

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    Australian Geographic founder Dick Smith and wife Pip Smith.

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    2018 Adventurer of the Year, Steve Plain.

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    2018 Conservationists of the Year, ‘Numbat Task Force‘, Robert McLean, John Lawson, Sean Van Alphen.

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    2018 Lifetime of Conservation award winner, former CEO of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Atticus Fleming.

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    2018 Lifetime of Adventure Award winner, Syd Kirkby.

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In pictures: 2018 Australian Geographic Gala Awards

By Australian Geographic | October 27, 2018

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.

See the full list of 2018 AG Society Award winners.