On 5th January 2022, exactly 100 years after the death
of Sir Ernest Shackleton, we launched the Shackleton
Medal for the Protection of the Polar Regions at the
Royal Geographical Society in London.
We believe that if the Boss were alive today, rather
than exploring the polar regions he so loved, he would
be striving to the utmost to save them from the myriad
threats they face.
The Shackleton Medal is a £10,000 prize, awarded
annually to the individual who, in the eyes of the
judges has done the most to protect the polar regions.
The judging criteria reflect the character of Shackleton
himself; we are looking to reward people who have shown
Courage, Determination, Ingenuity and Leadership in
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.