Kirsty Nash Winner of 2013 Bommies Award
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation managing director Ms Claire Hanratty today announced the winner of the 2013 Bommies award - Ms Kirsty Nash.
The award winning entry was chosen from 12 eligible video entries received from Australian and international scientists detailing important research on coral reefs and climate change.
“Kirsty Nash’s video entry is a very persuasive documentary about fish habitats on the Reef and the critical research that will help identify fish species at highest risk from the pressures of climate change and therefore needing greater levels of protection in the future,” said Ms Hanratty.
As winner of the Bommies Award 2013, Ms Kirsty Nash will receive a prize of $8,000AUD and will also receive a work on canvas by Australian Artist, Vera MÖller.
Ms Nash is a researcher at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland.
“I’m thrilled to win the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s Bommies Award, it’s terrific recognition of my work and the prize will go such a long way in continuing my research and career,” said Ms Nash.
To read more and to view Kirsty’s award winning video Click here
Kennedy Wolfe voted winner of 2013 Bommies People's Choice Award
Kennedy Wolfe received 1,373 Facebook Likes for his entry titled ‘Probing Sea Cucumbers for the Answers to Climate Change’ to win the 2013 People’s Choice Bommies Award. Kennedy’s winning video entry is an entertaining explanation of his study into the ecological role of Sea Cucumbers on the Reef. To watch Kennedy’s video Click here.
The Foundation hosted a series of Reef Forums in July with Dr Russell Reichelt, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and the man who lives and breathes the Reef daily. In an open and relaxed environment Dr Reichelt gave us an informed and up-to-date snapshot of the major threats to the Reef, reflections on the UNESCO report, and progress being made by science to better the Reef’s future prognosis. Thanks once again to our investor partners BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Mulpha Australia for providing wonderful venues to host the Forum in each city.
Take a look at our photo gallery of the Forums here
See Marie Louise-Theile in conversation with Dr Reichelt at the Sydney Reef Forum in the video below, courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.