NEWS  11th May 2017



SES Explorer Awards 2017

The SES welcomed over 200 guests at the SES Explorer Awards 2017 last night, which was kindly hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons and was an unmissable celebration of Exploration and Leadership.

Award Winners 2017 - Q&A

Photo by Mark Nortje and Design by Jacqui Sinnatt (L-R) SES Explorer Award Winners 2017 during the Q&A session: Anirban Dutta Gupta, Molly Thompson, Chris Poonian, Martin Holland, Alex Braczkowski, Dani Greenspan (representing Jamie Unwin), Dr Pramod Patil and Neil Laughton.

The evening began with a ‘Taste of Expedition’ reception where guests enjoyed a glass of wine whilst meeting explorers, and seeing equipment and images from the field. Andrew Mitchell opened the official proceedings with a welcome speech after which the seven SES Explorer Award winners were presented with their Awards and gave inspiring speeches about their plans. Last year’s Award winners, Dr Stephen Spencer and Aida Cuni-Sanchez, talked and showed stunning footage from their films and Guest of Honour and the Society’s new Chairman, Neil Laughton talked of the importance of the SES today and his plans for the future of the SES.

Sean Hotung presented Rosie Stancer with the Hotung Medal - an Award created by long-time supporter of the Society and Sean’s father, H.E. Ambassador Eric Hotung, in recognition of her services to scientific exploration. Rosie and the seven Award winners were also presented with Leatherman SideKick multi-tools, kindly donated by Leatherman.

The SES is indebted to the supporters it partners with to develop these Awards, and who share its vision to support and celebrate the 'Pioneers with Purpose' in whose capable hands the future of scientific exploration lies. We are very proud of the Award winners and we wish them every success with their expeditions.

THE 2017 WINNERS

The SES is proud to announce the winners of the SES Explorer Award 2017:

Chris Poonian
1.THE SES CADOGAN TATE EXPLORER AWARD 2017

- an Award of £2,000 and the exclusive title ‘SES Cadogan Tate Explorer 2017’ kindly sponsored by Cadogan Tate, and presented on their behalf by Andrew Mitchell to CHRISTOPHER POONIAN, The Bedouin Coral Reef Fisheries expedition, South Sinai


Pramod Patil
2. THE SES GOUGH EXPLORER AWARD 2017

- an Award of £4,000 and the exclusive title ‘SES Gough Explorer 2017’ kindly sponsored by Viscount Gough, and introduced and presented on his behalf by Professor Derek Alderson, Vice-President and President Elect of the Royal College of Surgeons to DR PRAMOD PATIL, ‘Clinic on a Camel’ Expedition, Thar Desert, Rajasthan


Jamie Unwin
3. THE SES RIVERS FOUNDATION AWARD FOR HEALTH & HUMANITIES 2017

- an Award of £5,000 and the exclusive title ‘SES Rivers Foundation Explorer 2017’ kindly sponsored by the Rivers Foundation, and introduced and presented on their behalf by Dr John Davies, retiring Trustee of the SES to JAMES UNWIN, ‘Stand Up for Nature’ - Project Kenya


4. THE SES SIR CHARLES BLOIS EXPLORER AWARD 2017

- an Award of £5,000 and the exclusive title ‘SES Sir Charles Blois Explorer 2017’ kindly sponsored by Sir Charles Blois Bt, and introduced and presented on his behalf by Rosie Stancer to MOLLY THOMPSON, just home from leading The British Greenland Stauning Alps Expedition 2017

Molly Thompson


5. THE SES INSPIRATIONAL EXPLORER AWARD 2017

- an Award of £5,000 and the exclusive title ‘SES Inspirational Explorer 2017’ kindly sponsored by The Rowan Bentall Charitable Trust, The O’Hea Family Trust, Avocet Insurance Consultants, Orwell Securities Ltd, The Trustees of the Scientific Exploration Society and introduced and presented by Neil Laughton to MARTIN HOLLAND, The Sanduki Pinacle Expedition, Borneo

Martin Holland


Alex Braczkow
6. THE SES ELODIE SANDFORD EXPLORER AWARD 2017

- an Award of £8,120 and the exclusive title ‘SES Elodie Sandford Explorer 2017’, established and generously supported by the family and friends of Elodie Sandford and introduced by Paul Sandford and awarded to ALEKSANDER BRACZKOWSKI, The Status and Conflict of Large Carnivores in Uganda


Anirban Dutta Gupta
7. THE SES NEVILLE SHULMAN EXPLORER AWARD 2017

- an Award of £7,000 and the exclusive title ‘SES Neville Shulman Explorer 2017’ kindly sponsored and presented by Neville to ANIRBAN DUTTA GUPTA, Jarawa and Honey - the Andaman Islands, India

Story by Henrietta Thorpe 

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