Each year, National Geographic recognizes outstanding innovators and achievements in science and exploration. This year we are proud to present the following honors.
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.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
ROLEX NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Honoring exceptional leadership and outstanding achievement by a National Geographic explorer.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BUFFETT AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN CONSERVATION
Recognizing groundbreaking explorers working in Africa and Latin America.
Dr. Olivier Nsengimana and Rosamira Guillen
Recognizing a leader in exploration who is pushing boundaries through uniquely innovative and impactful work.
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