National Geographic


The National Geographic Society has been recognizing and promoting the work of talented explorers, scientists, and researchers since 1888.


By digging deeper, flying higher, zooming in closer, and pushing boundaries further, these incredible people have surprised us, inspired us, and illuminated our world.

We honor the most outstanding achievements made by these men and women across the planet through four awards: the Hubbard Medal, the National Geographic Explorer of the Year Award, the Further Award, and the National Geographic Society/Buffett Awards for Leadership in Conservation.

Each of these awards celebrates astonishing, groundbreaking work that best exemplifies the Society’s passionate belief in the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to change the world.


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The Hubbard Medal

2017 Recipient:

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Further Award

2017 recipients:

Dr. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg for Solar Impulse


National Geographic/Buffett Awards

2017 recipients:

Dr. Olivier Nsengimana and Rosamira Guillen

Top Image (Climber): Cory Richards/National geographic; Hugo Van Lawick (Hubbard Medal); Elliot Ross (Explorer of the Year); Niles Ackermann (Further Award); KeRenda Zambrano (Buffett Awards)