Now in its eighth year, the 2020 Awards ceremony will for the first time be a purely virtual event, on account of the restrictions imposed by Covid-19.
The annual Tusk Conservation Awards were established in 2013 in partnership with Ninety One and in conjunction with HRH The Duke of Cambridge, to celebrate the achievements of extraordinary people whose work protecting Africa’s irreplaceable natural heritage might otherwise go unnoticed. All finalists not only receive grants to support their work, but also the international recognition they have earned, which further contributes to the development of their projects. The three Awards are as follows:
The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, supported by Ninety One, is a lifetime achievement award, given to a distinguished individual for their outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution to conservation in Africa over many years. One winner is chosen each year.
The Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa, supported by Land Rover, recognises an emerging leader in conservation whose work has already demonstrated an exceptional commitment and has made a significant impact to date. Three finalists are chosen each year.
The Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award recognises the dedication and bravery of rangers working to protect Africa’s increasingly endangered wildlife. One winner is chosen every year.
The seventh annual Tusk Conservation Awards were presented at a glittering ceremony at London's Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. Congratulating the finalists, Tusk's Royal Patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge spoke of how they and their colleagues are "truly inspiring and give us all hope that change is truly possible".
The 2019 Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award winner has been announced as Benson Kanyembo, Law Enforcement Advisor from Conservation South Luangwa, Zambia.
HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG, KT
These awards which mean a great deal to me personally, play a huge part in our mission to preserve Africa’s precious wildlife for its people. It is vital that we recognise the dedication of these unsung heroes and the bravery of rangers risking their lives, day and night, on conservation’s frontline. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude.