Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards 2017

November 1, 2017 was a night to remember!  Curt and Micheline Jenner attended the Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards 2017 at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney, Australia.

With Dick Smith AC, the Patron of the Australian Geographic Society and Pip Smith in attendance, it was an action-packed evening.  The line-up included 60 Minute’s Liz Hayes as MC, Special Guest Speaker Tim Jarvis AM and Valerie Taylor participated in assisting the smooth running of the evening.

The Australian Geographic Society presented 9 awards, including:

Nature Photographer of the Year

Young Adventurer of the Year

Young Conservationist of the Year

Spirit of Adventure

Adventurer of the Year

Conservationist of the Year

Special Award

Lifetime of Conservation

Lifetime of Adventure

Curt and Micheline Jenner from the Centre for Whale Research (WA) Inc were presented with Lifetime of Conservation for their work on cetaceans in Australian waters.

Curt and Micheline were honoured and thrilled to accept the award and gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of the Australian Geographic Society from the very beginning of their Dampier Archipelago Humpback Whale Research in 1990.  In fact, AGS were the very first sponsor and so it is fitting that almost 30 years later, AGS would bestow such a prestigious award.

Curt and Micheline wish to acknowledge that years of research leading to effective conservation could not have occurred without considerable effort of many people around them.

In her speech, firstly Micheline thanked her mother for encouraging adventure and exploration, and Curt’s parents Ken and Irma Jenner for their on-going love and support. Many friends, colleagues, marine crew and research assistants contributed greatly to the whale research cause.  Micah and Tasmin, their two daughters made high-seas parenting exciting and challenging but by the same token, Micheline apologised for them having to put up with weird parents!

And to the whales, the stars… well our work is not done yet!


The long walk across the stage!



Micheline Jenner thanking their families for their unwavering love and support, no matter how crazy the next idea was!



Curt Jenner outlined the need to maintain consistent monitoring of coastal humpback whale populations despite current high population levels. Ocean travelling blue whales are still on the Centre for Whale Research’s research agenda to protect their critical habitats as we gain understanding of their migration paths and patterns through photo-ID and biotelemetry.



The Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

Curt and Micheline Jenner with Paul Dykzeul, Chief Executive Officer of Bauer Media.




Thrilled to acknowledge Australian Geographic Society for their support of CWR for almost 30 years!



The Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

These are the medals – Lifetime of Conservation from AGS.



The Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

From left, Chrissie Goldrick, Editor-in-Chief of Australian Geographic, Tasmin Jenner, Curt Jenner and Micheline Jenner.


THANK YOU AGS, and the whales thank you too!


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