Launched on 5th January 2022, exactly 100 years after
the death of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Shackleton Medal
for the Protection of the Polar Regions is an annual
£10,000 prize, awarded to the person judged to have done
the most to protect the polar extremes so valued by The
We believe that if the Boss were alive today, rather
than just exploring the polar regions he so loved, he
would be striving to the utmost to save them from the
myriad threats they face. The judging criteria reflect
the character of Shackleton himself; we are looking to
reward people who have shown courage, determination,
ingenuity and leadership in their work.
Our panel of expert judges will consider all
high-achievers who show these traits, regardless of age,
gender, nationality or occupation. Last year’s
nominations included outstanding people from the fields
of exploration, marine biology, sport, geopolitics,
climate advocates, artificial intelligence and more.
Our first winner, pioneering 35-year-old French
glaciologist Heïdi Sevestre, risked her life to bring
back the latest data on black carbon deposits from
Svalbard with the all-female scientist group Climate
Sentinels. Our second winner, the 61-year-old explorer
Pen Hadow, has made it his mission to protect the
wildlife of the North Pole’s international waters in the
many years since his astonishing solo trek from Canada
to the North Pole.
Now, Shackleton is looking for a third individual to
continue the explorer’s legacy. Nominations for the
medal will be open until 5th April 2024.