Awards

Each year, National Geographic recognizes outstanding innovators and achievements in science and exploration. This year we are proud to present the following honors.

 

HUBBARD MEDAL

National Geographic's highest distinction in exploration, scientific research, and discovery. Past awardees include Amelia Earhart, Matthew Alexander Henson, Jane Goodall, Bob Ballard, Meave Leakey, and Nainoa Thompson.

2017 RECEPIENT:

Neil deGrasse Tyson

ROLEX NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Honoring exceptional leadership and outstanding achievement by a National Geographic explorer.

2017 RECEPIENT:

Brian Skerry

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BUFFETT AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN CONSERVATION

Recognizing groundbreaking explorers working in Africa and Latin America.

2017 RECEPIENTS:

Dr. Olivier Nsengimana and Rosamira Guillen

FURTHER AWARD

Recognizing a leader in exploration who is pushing boundaries through uniquely innovative and impactful work.

2017 RECEPIENTS:

Dr. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg for Solar Impulse

EMERGING EXPLORER AWARDS

Awards presented to explorers early in their careers to help them continue achieving breakthrough work.

Meet our 2017 Emerging Explorers

Photo

Top Image: Mark Thiessen / Neil deGrasse Tyson: Credits: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC/MILLER MOBLEY / Brian Skerry: CREDIT JEFF WILDERMUTH / Dr. Olivier Nsengimana: Credit: COURTESY DR. OLIVIER NSENGIMANA / Rosamira Guillen: CREDIT FEDERICO PARDO / Dr. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg for Solar Impulse: CREDIT NILES ACKERMANN