SES EXPLORER AWARDS - 'Oscars of Exploration'
With the help of its generous benefactors and members, six Explorer Awards are available to inspirational leaders organising scientific expeditions that focus on discovery, research and conservation in remote parts of the world, offering knowledge, education and community aid. The Explorers have to be prepared to take on monumental physical, logistical and global challenges and share the values of grit, curiosity, integrity and leaders that pioneers like SES Founder Colonel John Blashford-Snell CBE exemplify. The grants are presented each year in May.
The 'Oscars of Exploration' presentation evening normally takes place in London. Due to Covid-19, the 2020 event was live broadcast via SES YouTube (where the recorded version is available to watch).
SIR CHARLES BLOIS EXPLORER AWARD FOR SCIENCE & ADVENTURE – an award of £5,000 and the title SIR CHARLES BLOIS EXPLORER
The Sir Charles Blois Explorer Award has been created to support a scientific adventurer and trailblazer. The applicant should be undertaking an adventurous expedition with strong physical requirements, in a challenging environment which aims to produce new scientific, physical or anthropological insight into little known peoples. APPLY HERE.
GOUGH EXPLORER AWARD FOR MEDICAL AID & RESEARCH – an award of £4,000 and the title GOUGH EXPLORER
The Gough Explorer Award has been created to support an individual leading an expedition. The applicant should be clear that the main focus of which is to carry out either medical aid, and or associated research within communities in developing regions of the world. APPLY HERE.
RIVERS FOUNDATION EXPLORER AWARD FOR HEALTH & HUMANITIES – an award of £5,000 and the title RIVERS FOUNDATION EXPLORER
The Rivers Foundation has an interest in health & humanities and would love to hear from individuals who are passionate about education, social development and medical well-being within communities. The applicant should be someone who will be leading an expedition combining adventure with a medical and humanitarian purpose, which benefits those in developing regions of the world. APPLY HERE.
ELODIE SANDFORD EXPLORER AWARD FOR AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY – an award of at least £4,000 and the title ELODIE SANDFORD EXPLORER
The Elodie Sandford Explorer Award has been created by family and friends in memory of Elodie. The applicant will be an amateur photographer who partakes in an adventurous and innovative project and can demonstrate how their photography will be of real benefit to the people, environment, fauna or flora targeted by the expedition. APPLY HERE.
SES EXPLORER AWARD FOR INSPIRATION & SCIENTIFIC TRAILBLAZING – an award of £5,000 and the title SES EXPLORER
The Trustees of SES, together with foundations, organisations and individuals wishing to make smaller contributions to the SES Explorer Award are looking for someone unique. The applicant should be an inspirational Scientific Trailblazer whose expedition has that special ‘something’ be it in terms of the nature of research, the legacy it offers, or any other aspects of the expedition. APPLY HERE.
NEVILLE SHULMAN EXPLORER AWARD FOR EXPEDITION FILMMAKING – an award of £7,000 and the title NEVILLE SHULMAN EXPLORER
This Award is to support expeditions combining adventure and scientific purpose focusing on the intangible and/or tangible heritage in overseas countries. The applicant should be someone who has filmmaking experience and is either organising or closely involved in the planning of a scientific, cultural or geographical expedition. The winner will produce a short film to communicate the expedition journey and results. APPLY HERE.
SES is extremely grateful to the sponsors for their generous support and here is a printable version of the SES Explorer Awards 2020. For those interested in an Explorer Award available to Jersey residents, please see the details about the Jersey SES Explorer Award 2020.