The Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences will be presenting the 57th NOGI Awards on Thursday November 2 at the Rosen Center Hotel in conjunction with the DEMA Show in Orlando Florida. Often considered the “Oscars of the Ocean”, this annual black-tie gala is an opportunity for the underwater community to honor exceptional people for their outstanding contributions in all fields of underwater endeavors.
2017 NOGI Award Nominees
This year’s NOGI award honorees are a group that are truly recognized by their peers, since each individual has been nominated, and voted on, solely by previous NOGI award recipients. Membership in this group of fellows is, without question, a unique and distinctive honor. Five NOGI awards will be given to the following five individuals during the DEMA Show 2017:
ARTS – Chuck Davis, Underwater Cinematographer
SCIENCE – Dr. Gerald R. Allen, Marine Biologist/Ecologist
SPORTS & EDUCATION – Jill Heinerth, Explorer and Author
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE – Tom Ingram, Executive Director of DEMA
ENVIRONMENT – Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
About the NOGIs
Started in 1960 the NOGI has been awarded to a select cadre of divers and undersea luminaries who rank at the top of their fields in one of five categories:
- ARTS: Filmmakers, painters, photographers, sculptors and other artists who bring the majesty of the underwater world to people everywhere.
- SCIENCE: Explorers, inventors, doctors and scientists whose work helps us understand, enjoy and protect our precious underwater realm.
- SPORTS/EDUCATION: Outstanding athletes and teachers who make diving a safe, enjoyable and accessible activity for all who love the ocean.
- DISTINGUISHED SERVICE: World-renowned as well as quiet achievers whose contributions keep the wheels of the diving industry and the global diving community turning.
- ENVIRONMENT: People who, beyond their normal paid job, advocated, studied, lobbied, or otherwise helped far beyond anyone else to protect the oceans and the life within.
In the Network
Considered the best female underwater explorer in the world, Jill Heinerth is most deserving of a NOGI. Jill visited us at Blue Ocean Network during Blue Ocean Summit II, sharing her underwater explorations diving “the veins of Mother Earth”, exploring beneath Antarctic icebergs and consulting on James Cameron films.
Jill’s We are Water Project (film and educational resources) serves to connect people to our fragile fresh water system and learn how to protect it.
Available in 9 languages, Jill’s recent children’s book, Chester The Manatee teaches kids (and adults) about the need to keep our water clean.
To date, Jill has written 4 additional books on cave diving, rebreathers, underwater videography and photography, and co-authored two more on side mount diving and women underwater.
The Zale Parry Scholarship
“The First Lady of Diving,” Zale Parry will be at the NOGI Awards to present the Zale Parry Scholarship. The Scholarship is available to a deserving college student seeking to advance their knowledge or enter a professional career in the fields of underwater research, equipment technology or hyperbaric research.
Zale is most associated with her role in the TV series, Sea Hunt (1957-1961). Starring Lloyd Bridges as Mike Nelson, Sea Hunt is credited with introducing scuba diving to millions of people and literally created an entire generation of divers. An actress, model, stunt woman and test diver, Zale was involved in designing, building and marketing the first hyperbaric chamber for civilian divers.
Zale appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s very first swimsuit edition on May 1955 as the “sweetheart” of scuba diving. Zale is considered a Lifetime Ambassador-at-Large for the diving community and can be found at the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame booth at the DEMA Show 2017.
About the AUAS
The AUAS is an international, multi-disciplinary, non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing pioneers and leaders who have had a global impact on the exploration, enjoyment, safety, and preservation of the underwater world. AUAS is committed to supporting its members as they pass on the stewardship of the sea to future generations. The NOGI’s will be held in ballroom A and B at the Rosen Center Hotel, 9840 International Drive in Orlando, Florida. For more information visit here.
By Laurie Wilson, Blue Ocean Network
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